Forward Focused

The Faculty of Medicine will provide a very high-quality medical education that will prepare you for becoming a caring, competent, professional physician. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of preparedness, adaptability and flexibility. Below is the most up-to-date information for the upcoming academic year.

*Please note that the information below is related to the start of the academic year. Class specific information will be sent to student through standard communications channels.

Class of 2024 (Med 1)

Arriving in Halifax, NS and Saint John, NB:
As public health recommendations regarding travel and self isolation continue to be in place with no current end date, we strongly recommend that students who are not currently living in their province of planned study  relocate a minimum of 14 days prior to registration day (registration day is August 24, 2020) and be prepared to self-isolate  during that time. If you think you might need help with self-isolation (e.g. groceries), consider connecting with current med students, such as the Orientation Week Student-Led group (email daloweek2024@gmail.com).

Please review and continue to follow the resources from the Governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick –

Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) campus students should arrive in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Dalhousie Medicine Nova Scotia (DMNS) campus students should arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Registration:
In previous years, all students would physically register in person in large groups in Halifax. Given public health recommendations, we are working to adapt our process to ensure safety and adherence to recommendations. We are planning a combination of virtual and small group in-person sessions. More details will be provided at a later date.  

Dean’s Welcome Ceremony:
Will be held virtuallyon August 23, 2020. Additional details to follow at a later date.

DMNB First Light Ceremony:
The traditional DMNB welcoming ceremony for incoming students, guests faculty and staff is under review given public health restrictions. More details to follow from Student Affairs DMNB as available.

Orientation Week:
The schedule is currently being planned and adapted to be consistent with public health recommendations at both campuses. More information to follow from UGME and your student led Orientation teams.

Classes:
The majority of Med 1 Classes and tutorials will be delivered in online format. Sessions such as Skilled Clinician and Simulation-Based training will be delivered in small groups, while adhering to public health recommendations.

Students will continue to have access to support and student resources in the transition to online learning. Students will be supported in their research needs through the Dal Libraries (library@dal.ca) and with any technical concerns through the Helpdesk (support@dal.ca).

Class of 2023 (Med 2)

Lectures and tutorials will be delivered online for both DMNS and DMNB. Skilled Clinician sessions will be conducted in small groups, adhering to all Public Health guidelines and restrictions.

Students will continue to have access to support and student resources in the transition to online learning. Students will be supported in their research needs through the Dal Libraries (library@dal.ca) and with any technical concerns through the Helpdesk (support@dal.ca).

Class of 2022 (Med 3)

Lectures and tutorials will be delivered online for both DMNS and DMNB. Skilled Clinician sessions will be conducted in small groups, adhering to all Public Health guidelines and restrictions.

Class of 2021 (Med 4)

Draft clerkship schedules for the classes of 2021 have been drawn up and are awaiting final approval and will be posted as soon as possible.

Current plans for electives for the Class of 2021 are focused on students doing their electives at Dalhousie sites; processes are being developed for both DMNB and DMNS students to apply. We will continue to follow provincial policies and guidelines related to travel and self-isolation; if there are changes that allow it, we will work towards students traveling between provinces with Dalhousie sites