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Summary of Changes for 2020/21 Calendar
University of Calgary Calendar 2020-2021 Cumming School of Medicine 5. Doctor of Medicine 5.5 Faculty Regulations
5.5 Faculty Regulations
Immunization Requirements

All MD students are required to complete a series of immunization and diagnostic tests as outlined on the Medical Student Immunization Form Worksheet. Documented proof of completion must be provided to the Associate Dean or designate prior to commencement of the program.

Throughout the MD program, students are required to ensure that immunizations are current and must provide proof of updates to the Cumming School of Medicine. Failure to do so will result in students being removed from clinical courses/site until such time as adequate proof has been provided. Please note requirements may change during the program as determined by Alberta Health Services and AFMC guidelines.

In addition, the College of Physicians of Alberta describes medical conditions that may require surveillance; these regulations apply to students who are registered with the CPSA as a condition of attending the program. See

N-95 Fit Testing

All MD students must be fit tested for an N-95 mask prior to commencement of Medicine 402 (Summer Electives). Students may be required to wear this mask in the practice setting to help protect against certain communicable diseases. Documented proof of a fit test will be available in the Undergraduate Medical Education office. Fit testing is only valid for two years; therefore students must present proof of a second fit testing at the time of expiration.

Security Clearance/Criminal Record Check

All applicants to the MD Program in the Cumming School of Medicine are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Criminal Record Check or Security Clearance). In order to be considered "current", the Police Information Check must be completed during the three months prior to admission to the program. This will include a criminal record check or a police certificate from every jurisdiction you have ever lived (90+ days) within 10 year of your application or dating back to your 18th birthday. The original Police Information Check must be presented, in person, to an Undergraduate Medical Education staff for confirmation. Without this documentation, admission to the Medical Doctor Program will be rescinded.

Students who are concerned about the presence of a criminal record should contact the police department to discuss the process for eliminating or erasing such a record. It is important that students keep the original Police Information Check for future employment purposes.

Failure to present a clear Police Information Check may result in admission being denied/rescinded. An internal University appeal process is available to applicants who are refused admission for this reason.

Subsequent to admission and at any time during the program, a student may be required to produce a current Police Information Check, the results of which could require their withdrawal from the program, in the sole discretion of the University. Students are obligated to inform the School immediately of any change in status of their criminal record.

Policies Relative to Clinical Experience

Students are advised to read the general University regulations regarding attendance (see E.3 Attendance) in the Academic Regulations section of this Calendar.

Students may be required to complete clinical experience at sites other than the location of their residence. Students' clinical experience may also be scheduled at various hours, including evenings, nights and weekends, Monday through Sunday. Medical Doctor students are responsible for all travel, parking and accommodation costs related to clinical experiences except for University of Calgary Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (UCLIC) at their assigned primary sites.

Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance as delineated in the objectives of the course. Participation in all activities that involve patients is mandatory.

Students who miss one or more clinical days, must comply with the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) attendance policies.

An instructor may prohibit a student from attending or completing a clinical experience if there is evidence that the student has acted in a manner that is detrimental to patient care or that patient safety is at risk. The Associate Dean will be consulted or informed about any such situation or action. A student who wishes to appeal such a decision will follow the appeals process as outlined in the Calendar under section 5.8 Reappraisals and Appeals.

Policy Relative to Student Attendance

Students are advised to read the general University regulations regarding attendance (see E.3 Attendance) in the Academic Regulations section of this Calendar.

In addition to the academic regulations, the following attendance policies and guidelines will apply to all students in the Medical Doctor program:

  • Medical Student Attendance Policy (Related to Years 1 and 2 of the MD Program)
  • Guidelines for Attendance in Clerkship located in the “Clerkship Policies and Procedures Manual” (Related to Year 3 of the MD Program)
  • Medical Student Leave of Absence/Time Away Policy (Related to all three years of the Program)

All documents listed above can be located on the Medical Doctor Program website as follows:

Academic Accommodation Policy

It is important for students with documented disabilities, who have met the admission criteria, to note that the Academic Accommodation Policy does not require the University to lower or substantially modify standards in order to accommodate students with disabilities. Adaptive technology and/or academic accommodations are available to facilitate learning; however, they do not relieve students of their responsibilities to develop the essential skills and abilities expected of all other students.

All students who believe that they may benefit from academic accommodations must contact Student Accessibility Services ( to arrange for an assessment.

Fees and Expenses


Please refer to the Tuition and General Fees section of the Calendar for a breakdown of tuition and general fees for the MD Program.

Other Expenses

In addition to textbooks and course packages, students can expect other additional charges. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Uniforms
  • Stethoscope
  • Police Information Check
  • CPR Certification/Re-certification
  • Immunizations
  • Travel to and from practice sites
  • Parking Fees at practice sites
  • Name badges
  • Medical Council of Canada Examination Fees

Tuition Fee Credits

A tuition credit will be calculated by the Undergraduate Medical Education Office (UME) when a student has gone on an approved Leave of Absence from the program or has been requested to withdraw from the program. Students will not receive a refund but rather a credit note for future tuition or general fee expenses. Please note that general fees cannot be adjusted.

Student Awards

Student Awards Office
Location: MacKimmie Block 124
Telephone: 403.210.7625
Undergraduate Awards Email:
Financial Assistance and Loans Email:

The Student Awards Office provides scholarships, bursaries and awards information to entering and continuing undergraduate students, linking them with valuable financial resources for their post-secondary studies.

Students should review the cost of attending university from their very first term through to the completion of their program. Paying for a university education is ultimately the responsibility of the student. To access financial assistance, make the necessary applications well before the start of the academic year. Be aware of the application deadlines for grants, awards and government student loans. Although each student’s needs and resources differ, the University provides a list of general fees and expenses. Refer to the Tuition and General Fees section in this Calendar for details.

Awards specifically for medical students can be found online at:


Students must have successfully completed all required components of the MD program in order to Graduate.

Students will not be allowed to graduate with any failed course. The Student Academic Review Committee (SARC) of the MD Program will establish appropriate remediation requirements that must be fulfilled in order for students to obtain the standing of satisfactory performance. These remediation requirements may include repeating one or more practicum rotations, one or more entire courses, or the entire year.

Policy Resources

Clerkship Policy & Procedures Handbook

Student Evaluation Committee (SEC): Policy for Development & Maintenance of Student Evaluations & Policy for Reappraisals and Appeals of Student Evaluations

Undergraduate Medical Education Policies & Guidelines

Student Academic Review Committee: Terms of Reference