Admissions for the undergraduate MD program

Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine is responsible to society to provide a program of undergraduate medical study such that graduates have the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and attitudes necessary to enter the supervised practice of medicine in Canada. Graduates must be able to diagnose and manage health problems and provide comprehensive, compassionate care to their patients. For this reason, students in the MD program must possess essential abilities and skills for the study and practice of medicine. Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine’s Technical Standards document outlines and describes these essential abilities and skills and can be found here. Prospective applicants and students are expected to review this document to assess their ability to meet these standards. Students who require disability-related accommodation are responsible for notifying the medical school so that reasonable and appropriate accommodation can be provided.

The Admissions Office facilitates and processes all undergraduate applications for the Faculty of Medicine. Entrance to the MD program within the Faculty of Medicine will be limited to 108 students annually. The Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick program will accommodate 30 of these students and the remaining 78 will attend the Halifax campus.

Admissions Committee

Successful candidates are chosen by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers both academic and non-academic factors, with no quotas based on any demographic factor such as age, race or gender. We regularly accept individuals who have had other careers and choose to enter medicine later in life.

The Admissions Committee consists of approximately 20 individuals represented by the following:

  • faculty from a variety of disciplines in the Faculty of Medicine
  • a lawyer
  • three community members
  • two second-year medical students

Learn how applications are scored.

Changes to admission requirements

Admissions requirements are reviewed annually and the admissions requirements from previous years may not apply. Please monitor our website for up-to-date information.