Following completion of the undergraduate medical program (before they can practice medicine) students must complete postgraduate medical training. They need to obtain certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (a minimum of two years of training) or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada program (a minimum of four years of training). The University of Calgary has more than 40 residency training programs.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Calgary offers a three-year professional degree leading to a Doctor of Medicine (MD). The academic year consists of 11 months of instruction and one month of unassigned vacation time.