Degree of Doctor of Medicine
The degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), normally offered as a second degree program, is a four year undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 186 credit hours. Upon successful completion, students are qualified to enter a postgraduate medical training program.
A student who plans to study medicine should have a sound background in high school English, mathematics, chemistry and, if possible, physics and biology. In general, students who wish to enter the medical school are best advised to be sure to complete the English prerequisite and pursue a degree program of their interest.
The competition for the limited number of places is very keen. For the approximately 80 places available every year, there are about 700 applications from all over Canada and other countries; however, the policy of the medical school is to give Newfoundland and Labrador students priority. Based on the number of applicants in this pool (about 200 per year) and the number of places reserved (about 57 plus three places for Aboriginal applicants), a bona fide Newfoundland and Labrador resident stands about one chance in five of being admitted.
The application deadline is normally Sept. 15 of each year. All applicants are encouraged to use the online admissions system on the Faculty of Medicine’s Admissions Office website to apply.
The requirements for admission are as follows:
- a bachelor’s degree, including the prerequisite of six credit hours in English to be completed at a recognized institution
- performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
In exceptional circumstances, an application may be considered from someone who does not expect to hold a bachelor’s degree at the time of admission.
Information pertaining to taking the MCAT may be obtained from the Faculty of Medicine’s Admissions Office or online:
All applicants for admission to medical school are screened by an admissions committee which considers academic performance, scores on the MCAT, referee reports, interview reports, extra-curricular activities (including volunteer work) and any other relevant information.