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Learn by doing - even in the operating room.

On-site learning

At Dalhousie Medical School's 100+ teaching sites across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, you'll learn by observing and doing.



Building on the basics

Dalhousie's undergraduate medical education covers the basics - like anatomy - but also allows you to explore particular areas that interest you, from neurobiology to pediatrics.


A global health elective in Tanzania allowed Ellen Boyd to take on new challenges.

Choosing global health

Completing a global health elective in Tanzania, says Ellen Boyd, made her "more committed and passionate about her medical education." And now she plans to include global health in her career.



A modern approach to medical education

Renewals in Dal's undergraduate medical education program use technology to connect students at the campuses in Halifax and St. John, and during the third-year clerkship.


Instructor guides student in using lab equipment

Well-rounded education

On top of hands-on learning opportunities with patients in a range of specializations, Dalhousie's medical program also offers opportunities for research in labs with top-of-the-line equipment.


Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study Medicine at Dalhousie:

  1. Hands on in first year: Because of our early clinical skills program, you'll get hospital experience right off the bat.
  2. Provide patient-centred care: You'll learn how best to diagnose, advise, and treat patients - in classrooms, in clinics and in the Health Mentors Program.
  3. Be an agent of change: In addition to learning the traditions of medicine, you'll also take part in moving the profession forward by helping to provide more holistic and comprehensive care.
  4. Take part in multi-disciplinary collaboration: All across Dalhousie, researchers in a variety of programs and departments come together to share knowledge and innovate.
  5.  Work through ethical dilemmas: We show you how to recognize issues in professional practice and to critically analyze situations to find well-reasoned solutions.
  6. Contribute to the community: In clinics, in the mid-program clerkship, and in elective courses, you'll have the opportunity to take part in hands-on learning in vulnerable or marginalized populations.
  7. Systems-based learning: Through several study units, you'll gain sound clinical knowledge on such topics as anatomy, pathology, histology, genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, epidemiology, and physiology.
  8. Life-long learning: We'll give you the skills you need to self-assess, define your future educational goals, and solve unfamiliar problems as they arise on the job - key to success in the dynamic discipline of medicine. 

What will I learn?

Female students in scrubs

At Dalhousie Medical School, you'll get the training you need  for a career in medicine. We'll show you how to integrate your knowledge, skills and attitudes for competence in four key, interdependent areas: as a professional, a community contributor, a life-long learner, and a skilled clinician. See what our program offers.

What can I do?


Dalhousie Medical School has postgraduate (resident) training in family medicine and more than 45 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons specialty and subspecialty programs. Learn more about these areas of specialization - and how we'll help you prepare for your career in medicine.