Degree of Doctor of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine offers a four-year undergraduate medical program, comprising a minimum of 186 credit hours, leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).
Upon successful completion of medical studies, 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 prerequisite courses and pursue a degree program of their interest.
The competition for the limited number of places is very keen. For the approximately 64 places available every year, there are about 900 applications from all over Canada, and other countries; however, the policy of the medical school is to give Newfoundland and Labrador student's priority. Based on the number of applicants in this pool (about 200 per year) and the number of places reserved (about 44 plus 2 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 September 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 a bachelor's degree, including the prerequisite of six credit hours in English to be completed at a recognized university or university college and 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.
The MCAT consists of four sections: verbal reasoning, physical sciences, a writing sample and biological sciences.
Information pertaining to taking the MCAT may be obtained from the Faculty of Medicine's Admissions Office or website at: www.aamc.org/students/mcat
All applicants for admissions to medical school are screened by an admissions committee which considers academic performance, scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), referee reports, interview reports, extra-curricular activities (including volunteer work) and any other relevant information.
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