Procedures and Guidelines

Transfer Student Policy

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The purpose of the Transfer Student Policy is to articulate the College of Medicine’s stance on the admission of transfer students and the granting of advanced standing in the Undergraduate Medical Education program based upon previously completed coursework.

This policy ensures that the Undergraduate Medical Education program meets or exceeds the following Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation standards:

10.7 Transfer Student Qualifications: A medical school ensures that any student accepted for transfer or admission with advanced standing demonstrates academic achievements, completion of relevant prior coursework, and other relevant characteristics comparable to those of the medical students in the class that he or she would join.


Transparency: The College of Medicine is committed to providing students, faculty, staff and departments with current and reliable information about transfer student and advanced standing practices, policies, and procedures.


Advanced Standing: Also referred to as transfer credit; refers to a course or courses taken at one post-secondary institution (the sending institution) that are transferred to another postsecondary institution for credit (the receiving institution).

Scope of this Policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate students applying to or registered in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Saskatchewan irrespective of the geographically distributed site to which they are currently assigned.

Related policies include: Articulation and Transfer Credit Policy.


1.0 Transfer Student Admissions

The College of Medicine considers applications for admissions from Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada currently enrolled in another Canadian medical school. These applicants are considered for admission based upon the same criteria as other first-time applicants and are not accepted as a transfer student from another medical program.

2.0 Advanced Standing

In compliance with the university-level Articulation and Transfer Credit Policy, the College of Medicine reserves the right to approve or deny requests for transfer credit or advanced standing in the undergraduate medical education program. Requests for transfer credit or advanced standing will only be considered on a case-by-case basis post-admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.


The Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, is responsible for providing oversight to the overall administration of the Transfer Student Policy.

The Director of Admissions, with the assistance of the Office of Admissions, is responsible for the implementation, monitoring, maintenance, and evaluation of the Transfer Student Policy. This includes the development and stewardship of standard operating procedures associated with this policy.


Instances or concerns of non-compliance with the Transfer Credit Policy should be brought to the attention of the Vice-Dean, Education or the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, within the College of Medicine.


The Director of Admissions (or designate) provides overall stewardship to the standard operating procedures associated with the Transfer Student Policy.


Dr. Trustin Domes                                                                                                                            

Director of Admissions
Phone: 306-966-4330