MD Undergraduate


The University of Alberta MD Undergraduate Program provides a progressive environment where education, research, and patient care are integrated into a unified curriculum. Our goal is to provide students with not only the technical skills and scientific knowledge which will allow them to become competent doctors, but also to be kind and empathetic physicians.‚Äč

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta offers a 6 week mandatory rotation in general adult psychiatry for third year medical students. The clinical experience primarily encompasses an inpatient exposure with variable student exposure to outpatients, groups and crisis services (including emergency call). The rotation is completed at one of five inpatient hospital sites (Grey Nuns, Alberta Hospital Edmonton, University of Alberta, Royal Alexandra and Misericordia) and is presently accommodating an average of 24 students per rotation. Currently there is mix of individual and shared preceptor models, with individual sites selecting their model of choice.

Didactic teaching occurs in a series of seminars held on Tuesdays and Thursdays encompassing key topics in psychiatry.

Formal assessment occurs in the form of a mid-point and final clinical evaluation. Examination occurs in two parts: 

  1. multiple choice psychiatry subject exam from the National Board of Medical examiners (NBME)
  2. an oral exam.

In addition to the core mandatory rotation in general adult psychiatry there are a number of elective opportunities. Students may choose electives in group therapy (Day and Evening Treatment Program), the Psychiatric Treatment Clinic (PTC), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensics, Geriatrics, Consult-Liaison and Emergency Psychiatry.