The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan administers a four-year Accredited undergraduate medical education program.  Our MD program is designed to ensure that participants graduate with a common foundation of knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes.  This general professional education prepares undifferentiated graduates for subsequent education in primary or specialty care areas.


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Undergraduate Medical Education Update

Sheila Rutledge Harding, MD, MA, FRCPC
Associate Dean, Medical Education
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

2+2 Curriculum preparations have an immediate positive impact for our existing medical students.

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Easiest way to view summary of the new curriculum?

You can go to our 2+2 information on this website to view summaries and many other items.

What does 2+2 mean?

2+2 refers to the number of years designated to pre-clerkship and clerkship components of the 4-year Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) program. The new curriculum involves 2 years of Pre-Clerkship courses and 2 years of Clerkship courses for a total of 4 years.

Why the change in curriculum?

The new program addresses a number of important priorities:

  • The temporal sequencing of the curriculum will shift the beginning of clerkship from the middle to the beginning of year three.  This will ensure that all students complete all core rotations and some electives before making residency application decisions
  • A post-clerkship capstone course will assist students in preparation for licensure examinations and transition into residency
  • Enhanced focus on active, integrated clinical reasoning practice
  • Enhanced and evidence-informed teaching and assessment strategies
  • Improved alignment with the Statement of Educational Philosophy for the MD Program, C.A.S.E. Curriculum Framework, Medical Council of Canada objectives, CanMEDS roles, Future of Medical Education in Canada Undergraduate recommendations, and Accreditation standards

How is the new curriculum different from the current curriculum?

There are a few key differences between these programs.

  1. The current University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education program consists of 2 ½ years of pre-clerkship courses (Phases A, B, and C) plus 1 ½ years of Clerkship (Phase D).  The new program will consist of 2 years of Pre-Clerkship courses (Years 1 and 2) and 2 years of Clerkship (Years 3 and 4).  The total length of the program remains the same (4 years). 
  2. The new curriculum is more learner centered and CASE-based.   This means it utilizes Cooperative, Active, Self-Directed and/or Experiential learning.
  3.  In the new curriculum, students will benefit from early and frequent patient contact.
  4. The new curriculum is far more integrated that the current program.  This means students will receive a solid grounding in basic biomedical sciences throughout the two pre-clerkship years (no front-loading of content) while also experiencing the frequent use of integrated case studies to link basic and clinical science learning.
  5. The new curriculum has been developed to reflect CANMed  roles, FMEC recommendations, MCC objectives, and Accreditation Standards. 


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