Medical students follow an intensive, eleven-month curriculum for a period of three years. Learning is based in part on clinical case presentations. In addition to the standard M.D. course of study, programs are offered in conjunction with the Faculty of Graduate Studies in Biomedical and Health Sciences with the objective of training clinician-scientists for academic medical research and those who will design, manage, and implement health care delivery programs. M.D./Ph.D. and M.D./M.Sc. programs are available in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cardiovascular/Respiratory Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Gastrointestinal Sciences, Medical Science, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and Neuroscience.
First year courses are based on organ systems and are taught primarily through lectures and small group discussions. Subjects are: Principles of Medicine, Blood, Muscoskeletal and Skin, Cardivascular, Respiratory, Renal-Electrolyte, Endocrine Metabolic, Medical Skills Program, and Intergrative. The second academic period begins in July. Subjects are: Neuroscience, The Mind, Gastrointestinal, Reproduction, Human Development, and Medical Skills Program. Throughout the first and second years, students also take part in independant research projects. Courses are taught in the Calgary Health Sciences Center, about 1.5 km from the main campus of the University of Calgary. The medical library is fully computerized, receives more than 1,000 serials, and houses approximately 130,000 books. It serves medical and nursing students as well as the greater university and the medical community. Other important facilities include the Medical Learning Resource Center that houses instructional tools geared towards learning anatomical systems,and the Medical Skills Center for improving clinical skills and techniques.
Required clerkships are Anesthesia (2 weeks), Family Medicine (4 weeks), Internal Medicine (12 weeks), Ob/Gyn (6 weeks), Pediatrics (6 weeks), Psychiatry (6 weeks), and Surgery (8 weeks). Ten weeks are available for clinical electives. Training takes place primarily at the facilities of the Foothills Hospital, the Peter Lougheed Center, the Alberta Children's Hospital, and the Rockyview Hospital. In addition, the University of Calgary Medical Clinic allows medical students to learn about outpatient service delivery, preventative programs, and travel medicine.