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What will I learn?

Hands-on, case-based learning

Our undergraduate medical education provides an experience that gives you hands-on learning starting in your first year. Students at Dalhousie Medical School have many opportunities to get real-life hospital experience early on, through the clinical skills components or by choosing an elective that offers additional hands-on learning.

The program is divided into three key sections, Med 1 and Med 2, followed by Clerkship. The first two years, Med 1 and Med 2, give you a basic foundation in medicine, including the anatomy and systems of the human body, while considering other important aspects of health care, from the philosophical and ethical to the practical.

Clerkship, consisting of two phases completed over two academic years (Med 3 and Med 4), gives you even more opportunity to apply your learning in a range of situations and fields. The Clerkship Review Committee reviewed the Med 3 and Med 4 curiculum in 2012 and proposed several recommendations. In response, four periods of teaching time (each 2 to 4 weeks in length) will be developed to help students transition from Med 2 to Med 3, and through the clerkship from Med 3 to Med 4, and subsequently, from Med 4 into residency. These sessions will incorporate Introduction to Clerkship and Critical Review and Mastery (CRAM).

Classes in our medical program do not have the typical academic structure; rather, you will take a variety of theme- and case-based units that focus on a particular area of medical training.

See the curricula for the four years of Dal's undergrad medical education: