Faculty of Medicine

Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine is committed to providing the highest standard of medical education and supporting health research with the goal of advancing the health of the people and communities we serve. 

We are leaders in rural medical education and have received national and international awards and recognition. As the only medical school in Newfoundland and Labrador, research that focuses on the need of our communities is a priority. Ground-breaking research has provided important medical discoveries, which have led to improved medical interventions and patient care.


Forty-five Memorial University researchers spanning 16 disciplines have received more than $9.1 million in federal funding.

In the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Touati Benoukraf, Division of BioMedical Sciences, has been renewed as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics for Personalized Medicine. The award is valued at $500,000 over five years.

Drs. Craig Moore, Michelle Plougman, Tevye Stachniak and Jessica Esseltine, all with the Division of BioMedical Sciences, will also split more than $875,000 in Discovery Grants, Discovery Launch Supplements and Research Tools and Instruments funding. 

Memorial University’s medical school has once again been recognized for its significant contributions to rural medicine in Canada.

For the third year in a row, the Faculty of Medicine has been awarded the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada’s Rural Medical Education Award.

It is presented annually to the program matching the most graduates to rural family medicine residencies.

Three learners in the Faculty of Medicine picked up a little something extra when they crossed the stage during convocation ceremonies last week.

Drs. Christie Costello, Lisa Fang and Alison Haynes are being recognized for their leadership and academic excellence with three of the university’s highest convocation honours.