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 April 26, 2014, University Senate approved the motion that, for application to the College of Medicine as of October 2015 (for admission August 2016), all Saskatchewan residents must have written the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) prior to application. As a result, prerequisite courses will be RECOMMENDED ONLY and will not be required.
The new Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT2015) replaces the current MCAT as of April 2015. For application in October 2015 (for admission August 2016), a MCAT taken within the past five years is now required, and either the current MCAT or the MCAT2015 will be accepted. The current MCAT must have a minimum sum of 20, with minimum section scores of 7, 7, and 6 for Biological Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Physical Sciences, respectively. The MCAT2015 must have a minimum sum of 494, with minimum section scores of 124 for Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; and 123 for Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior. Potential applicants as of October 2016 (for admission August 2017), and subsequently, should note that the Admissions Committee is assessing whether only MCAT2015 scores will be accepted.
The current prerequisite/MCAT requirement for Saskatchewan residents remains in place for one more application cycle (application in October 2014 for admission August 2015).
Requirements for the current application cycle (August 1 - October 15, 2014) for admission fall 2015 can be found in the Applicant Information Document.
Out-of-Province Resident Applicants – MCAT Requirements for Application in October 2015 (for Admission Fall of 2016) and Beyond
The Admissions Committee has committed to allow the current MCAT to be used for application in October 2015 (for admission August 2016). Beyond that, no decision has yet been made as to whether only MCAT2015 scores will be accepted. In addition, no decision has yet been made as to how MCAT2015 scores will be interpreted and the minimum score required.
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 within 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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