On November 15, 2013, the educational program leading to the MD degree at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine was placed on probation by its accrediting bodies, the Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical School (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Our College of Medicine remains fully accredited while we work to address the areas of concern. Probation does not equal loss of accreditation. Undergraduate medical students from the U of S will continue to graduate from the U of S with an MD degree, and will continue to be eligible to apply to residency training programs, the same as their peers from other medical schools. The university is committed to meeting and exceeding accreditation standards, and the College of Medicine is our president’s number one priority.
Additional details are available at http://www.medicine.usask.ca/academic-units/support-units/communications/news/accreditation-information.html
UPDATE: On January 23, 2014, University Council approved the motion brought forward by the Admissions Committee recommending that, for application to the College of Medicine in October 2015 (for admission August 2016), all Saskatchewan residents must have written the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) prior to application. The motion now moves to University Senate on April 26, 2014 for final approval. In the event the new MCAT requirement is approved, all prerequisite requirements would be concurrently deleted.
The outcome of the final approval stage for the MCAT requirement in the case of all Saskatchewan residents will be posted here as soon as it is known.
NOTE: The current prerequisite/MCAT requirement for Saskatchewan residents remains in place for the next application cycle (application 2014 for admission 2015).
On April 20th 2013, University Senate approved the College of Medicine’s request that the College require Saskatchewan residents to have a 4-year baccalaureate degree at entrance to undergraduate medical studies starting in the fall of 2015 (application 2014).
Requirements for the current application cycle (August 1 - October 15, 2013) for entry fall 2014 can be found in the Applicant Information Document.
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. As such, 90% of first year positions are reserved for Saskatchewan residents.
To increase the number of Aboriginal physicians, 10% of first year positions are available for qualified, self-identified First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students through our Aboriginal Equity Program (Note: these seats are included in the 90% allocated Saskatchewan positions).
The purpose of our admissions process is to select candidates with excellent cognitive and non-cognitive abilities, since such individuals will thrive in our learning environment. Through successfully completing our undergraduate medical program, our students become adept problem solvers, committed life-long learners, and well-rounded physicians in whatever field of medical practise they ultimately chose.
The Pre Med Club is a campus club at the University of Saskatchewan. The goal of the group is to offer support and resources for those interested in medicine as a career. The group is fully ratified with the student’s union and has support from the students and staff of the College of Medicine. One of the objectives is to truly give the interested student a realistic picture of what medicine is like as a medical student, resident, and as a physician. Bringing in doctors from the different fields for open discussions, hosting talks with med students, offering health related volunteer opportunities, sharing MCAT tips, and holding mock interviews are just a few of the activities that the group organizes.
Go to the Facebook page and like it: https://www.facebook.com/uofspmc
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