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Submitted by ssgaggi on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:31am


Dr. Ian Walker is a graduate of the Cumming School of Medicine, from the Class of 98, which makes him a Skink.  Clinically, he works as an emergency physician at the Foothills Medical Centre and Rockyview General Hospitals.  He is married and has two kids, not to mention an obnoxious 90 lb dog.  When not at work, he enjoys running and spending time in the mountains with his family.  He has been Director of Admissions since 2008.

Submitted by ssgaggi on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:41am

Important Notices

Offers Date:

Anticipated date of offers for the July 2017 intake is May 9, 2017. 

Important MCAT information:

Those applicants intending to apply to the Cumming School of Medicine MD Program in 2015 or later should be aware that only the “new” MCAT will be accepted.

The last MCAT exam sitting we will accept for the 2017 application cycle will be August 24th, 2017.

2016-2017 Information Session

Click here to view Director of Admissions, Dr. Walker's information session for prospective MD applicants given on Thursday, August 25th, 2016.  

New Start date for the class of 2020

The MD program will be starting the first week of July. Mandatory orientation will be on July 5 & 6, 2017.


Timelines (2016-2017)

Participation in Rural Rotations

In the Faculty’s response to rural social accountability, the program provides teaching at several regional centres such as Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer,Yellowknife and rural sites such as Brooks, High Level and Pincher Creek. Students should expect to do from 5–10 weeks of their clinical experience (pre-clerkship and clerkship) outside the city of Calgary except in unusual circumstances.  The UCLIC provides a further option for a longer rural training experience.

Pathways to Medicine

The Pathways to Medicine Scholarship program is designed for graduating high school students with an explicit interest in pursuing a career in medicine. 

The scholarship is modeled on similar programs in the United States, and is rooted in the results of a faculty-wide survey in 2014 in which ‘supporting access to under-represented populations (of low socioeconomic status, Aboriginal ancestry and/or from a rural community)’ was ranked as a high priority for education.

The program will provide financial support to assist with tuition and fees (four years, undergraduate program), a relocation allowance and a paid summer internship after the third year, along with support and mentorship from faculty, students and the community.

Students must secure admission into any undergraduate program at the University of Calgary and will be expected to participate regularly in an MD preparatory program within the Cumming School of Medicine.

Upon completion of their undergraduate degree, participants will be granted guaranteed admission to the University of Calgary MD program, subject to the fulfillment of pre-defined MD admission criteria (GPA, MCAT and interview requirements).

Complete Pathways website

Aboriginal Health Program

We are Committed to Improving the Health of the Aboriginal People

Our goals are to:

  • Address the under representation of Aboriginal people within the profession of medicine
  • Promote health service quality improvements for all Aboriginal peoples in Alberta through Aboriginal Health professional education

Our objectives are to:

    1. Support the development of a pool of qualified potential Aboriginal applicants for medical training
    2. Support Aboriginal applicants during their admissions process
    3. Provide support and professional development initiatives for Aboriginal medical students
    4. Provide effective training opportunities regarding Aboriginal health for ALL undergraduate medical learners
    5. Promote awareness of, and advocate for, First Nations, Métis and Inuit health issues within the Faculty of Medicine

    Complete Aboriginal Health Program Webpage

    Contact Information

    Office of Admissions   
    Room G212 - Health Sciences Centre   
    University of Calgary   
    Cumming School of Medicine  
    3330 Hospital Drive NW   
    Calgary AB T2N 4N1

    Office Hours: Monday to Friday   
    8:30 - 4:30 pm

    Tel: 403-220-4262   
    Fax: 403-210-8148