Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Medicine (2010/2011)
5 Description of Medical Training Program

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.).

The first two years of medical studies is called Pre-Clerkship. BioMedical Science courses are taught primarily in the first year of medical studies. Upon completion of these courses, the Integrated Study of Disease courses follow. Students undertake instruction in Community Health & Humanities and Clinical Skills concurrently. By the end of Pre-Clerkship, students are expected to be able to take a patient's medical history, perform a thorough physical examination and to derive a logical diagnosis. The Clerkship Preparation Course is completed prior to commencing the Clerkship.

The last two years of medical studies is called Clerkship. During this time, students who are clinical clerks take courses that will allow them to alternate through the major disciplines in hospital and community settings throughout affiliated teaching sites in Newfoundland and Labrador and community and hospital settings throughout Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Clinical clerks participate as members of the health care team gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to assume the responsibilities associated with patient care.

Upon successful completion of medical studies, the students are qualified to write Part I of the licensing examinations set by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). After the award of the M.D. degree and following successful completion of one year of postgraduate training, they are qualified to write Part II of the MCC licensing examinations.