Why Study Medicine at USask?

Looking to study medicine? Find out what our college has to offer and what sets us apart, including one-to-one mentorship opportunities, and our biomedical sciences program.

Medical doctors are important to the people of our province and world. The USask College of Medicine undergraduate medical doctor (MD) program prepares medical students to become the health professionals we need.

The undergraduate MD program offers the best training for future physicans through:

  • experiences in urban, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
  • early hands-on opportunities for medical learning
  • one-to-one mentorships
  • state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities

Explore everything our MD program has to offer below.

The undergraduate medical education (UGME) program is a fully accredited four-year program leading to the Medical Doctor (MD) degree.

As the only medical school in Saskatchewan, the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan has a responsibility to serve the residents of the province.

What you'll learn during your four years of medical school at the USask College of Medicine

 

Pre-clerkship is your first two years of medical school. During your first year of pre-clerkship, you will gain a solid basis in preparatory clinical medicine and biomedical sciences, while developing clinical skills.
During your second year of pre-clerkship, you will build on the foundations of clinical medicine, professional and clinical skills. You will participate in flipped classrooms, case-based learning, and develop clinical reasoning skills. Early patient contact is also integrated throughout the program.
Years 3 and 4 are considered to be your clerkship experience. These clinical experiences are supplemented with seminar-style classes that provide opportunities to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes students have acquired and use them when interacting with patients in the medical environment. Specific core rotations, electives and selectives are available. In Year 4, students also will prepare for residency, the next phase of training.
From Indigenous health to one-on-one learning opportunities with faculty and mentors, our medical students talk about the advantages of studying medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

Learning Opportunities

While obtaining your MD degree at the College of Medicine, there are many additional learning opportunities to round out your education.

Dean's summer research projects are an opportunity to round out your education with opportunities to participate in medical research.
This two-year Certificate in Global Health is an accredited program for first and second-year MD students that focuses on preparation for work with marginalized, undererved communities on a local and global level.

Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH) is a student-run inner-city Saskatoon clinic, where you can volunteer and work alongside a doctor, nurse practitioner, cultural support worker, receptionist and other health-care mentors. 

In addition to traditional clinical services, SWITCH offers a range of other services including:

  • counselling
  • physical therapy
  • cultural supports
  • gynecology
  • pediatrics
  • pharmacy
  • nutritional education

The electives in Indigenous Health are offered, subject to availability, at:

  1. All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle
  2. First Nations and Metis Health (Saskatchewan Health Authority, St. Paul’s and RUH in Saskatoon, Regina and PA sites)
  3. Whitecap Dakota First Nation
  4. Métis Addiction Counselling Service of Saskatchewan Inc. (MACSI)

A focus will be on providing a culturally safe and relationship-centered care model for First Nations and Métis patients, their families and communities. The elective work is with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community health care professionals and traditional healers (depending on availability) in the provision of care. Depending on the site, clinical experiences may be available.

The clerk will be under the supervision of a preceptor at their approved site who will help determine the clerk’s schedule.

Prior to being approved for an elective, interested students must make an appointment with Val Arnault-Pelletier to discuss their objectives and goals for the elective.

There is Indigenous physician oversight for the electives.

A unique opportunity exists for students to complete their dual MD and MBA degrees. If accepted into the College of Medicine, students can apply to complete an MBA degree in addition to the MD degree. Two applicants are accepted per year.

The program is designed to create effective managers and teach leadership roles in the medical profession.

Campus and Sites

Our province is our campus.

More than 40 sites across Saskatchewan — some permanent, some rotating — will support you while you gain frontline clinical experience and training.

Our Saskatoon campus is located in the newly renovated Health Sciences Building at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Health Sciences Building is home to the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, classrooms, meeting rooms, breakout rooms, study spaces. It also hosts educational and research facilities including the Clinical Learning Resource Centre. Located in the E-Wing, the centre is home to skill labs, examination rooms, procedure and simulation labs.

The college is closely affiliated with Saskatoon's three hospitals: Royal University Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital.

Our Regina campus offers learners a close-knit community. Our students notice the quality of their interactions and the personalized, hands-on approach to teaching and learning they experience in Regina.

The campus is situated at the Regina General Hospital (RGH), which houses multiple facilities including the Health Sciences Learning and Resource Centre, an auditorium, meeting and breakout rooms, study spaces, the health sciences library and the Dilawri Simulation Centre.

The Dilawri Simulation Centre enables facilitated learning sessions and independent skill development. The centre features a full array of high-fidelity simulators — premature, newborn, pediatric and adult, as well as a state-of-the-art birthing mannequin. The centre provides after-hours access for medical learners involved in special interest groups and a rich environment for interprofessional simulated learning.

Our Regina-based learners also gain experience at the Pasqua Hospital and the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.

In Years 3 and 4 of the MD program, a small group of students complete their studies at our Prince Albert instructional site at Victoria Hospital.

In addition to inpatient and outpatient exeriences, Prince Albert students will experience firsthand exposure to trauma, Indigenous health, public health, addictions medicine and prison health.

The Rural Family Medicine Program is a reflection of the diversity of care at this site. As the third-largest service district in Saskatchewan, the diverse population and health needs are balanced by the broad range of rural, urban and specialty physician services found in Prince Albert.

Thirty per cent of the population is Indigenous. The city's population also has a great proportion of elderly and young patients — with a high birthrate of more than 1,500 deliveries per year, ranging from routine to extreme with complexity.

Victoria Hospital's emergency room is one of the busiest in the province. Ninety per cent of visits are urgent, emergent or critical.

The college recently introduced a Saskatchewan Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (SLIC) that extends for 48 weeks during Year 3, with four positions available for students at sites in Estevan and Meadow Lake, Melfort and Weyburn.

The experience features comprehensive care of patients over time, while meeting the third-year clerkship core clinic competencies across multiple disciplines simultaneously in one teaching environment.

Who Should Apply?

Saskatchewan Residents

Did you know that 95% of first-year positions are reserved for Saskatchewan residents? Our college strives to have our incoming MD classes that reflect the diversity of the province.

Learn all necessary applicant information by visiting our admissions webpage.

Indigenous Admissions Pathway

The College of Medicine Indigenous Admissions Pathway is designed to support the growing number of Indigenous people choosing to becoming doctors in Saskatchewan.

The program helps to navigate the pathways and resources available to Indigenous students as they train to become physicians.

DSAAP

The Diversity and Social Accountability Admissions Program (DSAAP) considers qualified applicants who are not accepted, and who declare they come from a household with an annual income of less than $80,000, are then reconsidered for six reserved seats.

Non-Saskatchewan Residents

We value the diversity that non-Saskatchewan applicants bring to our incoming MD classes. We allocate five seats for non-Saskatchewan residents (who are also non-Indigenous).

Get Involved

Looking for ways to prepare for medicine? There are groups and clubs that offer opportunities to get involved before applying to USask.

Pre-Medicine Clubs

The Pre-Med Club helps students prepare for all aspects of medical school applications. They offer a range of preparatory and informative sessions such as mock MCATs, MCAT info sessions, multiple mini interview (MMI) prep groups, a mock MMI, a medical school application crash course, a volunteer opportunities info session, and much more.

  • Saskatoon: Join the Pre-Med Club by email or via Facebook, U of S Pre-Med Club
  • Regina: Contact by email or via Facebook, University of Regina Pre-Medicine Club.

Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan (SMSS) — As a medical student of the College of Medicine, you will be part of the SMSS, an organization ran by medical students, for medical students that advocates for student needs in the classroom, at the college-level and in the community. There are also many student interest groups within the SMSS.

Volunteer Opportunities

Consider getting involved as a volunteer at one of the following clinics: