Faculty of Medicine
Admissions and Student Affairs Office
Room C-132, Lower Level, Clinical Research Centre
Dalhousie Medical School was organized in 1868, but medical teaching was carried out by the independent Halifax Medical College from 1875 to 1911, when the Faculty of Medicine was re-established by the University.
The Faculty provides a complete medical training leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD). Nationally accredited postgraduate training in family medicine and specialty training is provided in University-affiliated hospitals in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Continuing Professional Development is provided to the practitioners of the three Maritime Provinces.
The Faculty is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools.
The Medical School has strong research programs in basic biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, population health and medical education.
The Faculty of Medicine inspires and enables excellence in health care through its medical education and research programs, and by serving and engaging society.
The Faculty of Medicine has approximately 1,885 faculty members, based in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Faculty Council meets frequently throughout the year, advising Faculty and Deans on academic matters. Faculty Council is responsible for hearing student appeals and for administering the departmental survey process and the selection of candidates for important Faculty administrative positions.
Standing Committees of Faculty
There are 14 standing committees of Faculty (Faculty Council, Curriculum Committee, Health Sciences Library Committee, Research Advisory Committee, Scholarships and Awards Committee, Admissions Committee, Clinical Tenure and Promotions Committee, Nominating Committee, Professionalism Committee, Progress Committee, Faculty Awards Committee, Social Accountability Committee, CPD Advisory Committee, PGME Committee).
These committees report annually to Faculty.
The Degree conferred by the University is Doctor of Medicine (MD). The course extends over four years.
The academic year for the first two years of the medical courses begins late August and extends to the end of May. The final two years of Medicine begin in August of third year and run until May of fourth year, and include transition phases (or PIERs), interspersed between clinical rotations. Students are given opportunities for electives and are expected to complete applications for postgraduate training as part of their fourth year of study.
In association with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, courses are given that lead to degrees of MSc or PhD. Qualified students may register concurrently for the MD and graduate degrees (MSc or PhD) in the Faculty of Medicine. Currently available programs include: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology and Biophysics (for further information please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar).
Research in the Faculty of Medicine is supported mainly by research grants and awards to individual faculty members from national granting agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, CCSRI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Heart Foundations. Substantial additional assistance is made available through endowments to the University from donors, the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, IWK Health Centre Foundation and the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation.
Research in Medicine (RIM) Program
Starting in September of 2013 the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine initiated an innovative enhancement in the undergraduate medical curriculum. A mandatory component, Research in Medicine (RIM) was implemented for all medical students starting in their first year of study. To practice medicine in the future, all students need to graduate from medical school with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that RIM can provide. Furthermore, the RIM program will provide a solid base for clinicians of the future who will be capable of utilizing and contributing to evidence-based advances for improved health care and health outcomes. For further information, please visit the Dentistry, Law and Medicine Undergraduate Calendar - Curriculum Leading to MD Degree.
- Medical students are required to adhere to the general University Regulations. Clinical clerks and residents are subject to the rules and regulations of the hospital department to which they are assigned concerning hours of duty, holidays, etc. Patient care responsibilities override University and statutory holidays.
- Medical students must observe the regulations of the hospitals relative to undergraduate and post-graduate students, and any violation of such regulations will be dealt with as if a University regulation were violated.
- All University regulations respecting fees apply to the Faculty of Medicine. In addition, students who have not paid their annual university tuition fees in full by the end of January will be suspended from the Faculty. If the fees are not paid by February 15, the registration of the student for the session will be canceled. (In this connection it should be noted that the Awards Office and the Office of the Dean of Medicine always give consideration to the provision of bursaries and loans for those in genuine financial need but application for such aid must be anticipated by the student.)
Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association - Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentship Program
The Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association provides scholarships to medical students in their first year of medical school. For the past two years, the DMAA has successfully supported three scholarships to medical students. These scholarships are administered through the entrance awards process. Bursaries are administered through the medical school financial aid committee.
Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association
The DMAA has been serving the medical school and medical alumni since 1958 and today is comprised of over 7000 medical alumni, both MDs and post-graduate medical specialists, practicing all over the globe. The mandate of the association is to foster strong connections and collaborations among Dalhousie medical alumni, students, and the Faculty of Medicine.
The DMAA provides reunion planning assistance, the VoxMeDAL alumni journal, DMAA Awards Gala, networking opportunities, and educational opportunities in clinical and research. The DMAA also works to provide financial support for DMAA Entrance Scholarships, bursaries, Dalhousie Medical Student Society student projects, two Resident Research Awards, and convocation awards, including our distinguished Gold and Silver Ds.
Unique features of the DMAA include a strong network of medical alumni who volunteer and strive to increase participation in activities and support the Dean of Medicine and the medical school. The 14 member board of directors, all of whom are graduates of Dalhousie Medicine, meet quarterly to provide governance and leadership over DMAA operations, goals, and projects. The DMAA has been registered as a non-profit society with Joint Stock since 1960. Please take the time to visit our website, alumni.medicine.dal.ca, and read the latest issues of VoxMeDAL to get a perspective of our history and culture. Feel free to drop by the DMAA office or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (902) 494-8800.
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
The Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building was completed in the summer of 1967. This 15-storey structure, the chief Centennial Project of the Government of Nova Scotia, is named after Sir Charles Tupper, one of the founders of the Faculty of Medicine, a Father of Confederation, and the only physician to have been Prime Minister of Canada.
The Tupper Building houses the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library which occupies part of the first and all of the second floors of the Tupper Building.
The Library has an extensive print and multi-media collection but the majority of the periodical collection and many books are available electronically through the Library website www.libraries.dal.ca.
The Tupper Building also houses the following: teaching, research and administrative facilities of the Departments of Medical Neurosciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pathology; space for the undergraduate and graduate teaching of science students; study, and dining areas for medical graduate and undergraduate students; the Animal Care Centre; the Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association Office; the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation; and, MedIT.
Clinical Research Centre
The Centre (formerly Dalhousie Public Health Clinic), which was constructed in 1923 following a gift from the Rockefeller Foundation, was originally built to house the outpatient services of the clinical departments. The Centre is now physically connected to the Tupper Building and, together with a block of space connecting the two buildings (the Link), houses the Atlantic Research Centre (ARC), and the administrative units of the Dean’s Office, and the Department of Bioethics.
Family Medicine Centres
The Department of Family Medicine has residency sites and education centres through the three Maritime Provinces. These centres house the academic administrative, research and educational resources for the department. The first of the eight sites / nine programs was opened in Halifax in 1970 and is now located on the 8th floors of the Abbie J. Lane Building of the QEII Health Science Centre with clinical teaching sites within the Halifax municipality. Since that time seven more centres have opened across the Maritimes: Family Practice Teaching Unit in Saint John, NB (1975), Family Medicine Teaching Unit, in Fredericton, NB (1995), in the Cape Breton Healthcare Complex in Sydney (1998), at the Regional Health Authority in Moncton, NB (1999), the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown and the Prince County Hospital in Summerside, PEI (2009), the Annapolis Valley Health Authority in Nova Scotia (2012) and the Southwest Health Authority in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (2014). Additional clinical placements occur within many of the communities in Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick.
The majority of clinical departments are located in one of the affiliated teaching hospitals. The major teaching hospitals include the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the Nova Scotia Hospital, the IWK Health Centre, and the Saint John Regional Hospital. Other affiliated and associated institutions in Nova Scotia include Canadian Forces Health Services Centre, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Annapolis Community Health Centre, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Western Kings Memorial Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, Dartmouth General Hospital, East Coast Forensic Hospital, Glace Bay Healthcare Facility, Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Valley Regional Hospital, Queen’s General Hospital, Cobequid Community Health Centre, Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital, Buchanan Memorial Community Health Centre, Aberdeen Hospital, Northside General Hospital, Saint Mary’s Memorial Hospital, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Colchester Regional Hospital, Hants Community Hospital, and Yarmouth Regional Hospital.
Other affiliated and associated institutions in New Brunswick are part of the Horizon Health Network that serves the regions of Miramichi, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton and the Upper River Valley. It also has provincial responsibility for some tertiary healthcare and a number of unique provincial programs. It plays a major role in research, education, innovation and health and wellness. Horizon Health operates 12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices providing medical services ranging from acute care to community-based health services to New Brunswick, Northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Affiliated and associated institutions in Prince Edward Island include Western Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Prince County Hospital.
Other facilities include a learning resource centre (opened in 1998) located at 1256 Barrington Street, 4th Floor, Thompson Building.
Dalhousie Medical Students' Society
All medical students are members of this Society, which exists to promote the welfare and general interests of the medical undergraduates, including social and sports activities, relations with the Faculty and with the Students’ Union of the University. The Society presents honours and awards to outstanding medical students.
The president and vice-president of the Medical Students’ Society, the presidents of the four undergraduate courses and the president of the Residents Association of Nova Scotia are members of Faculty. The Presidents of the Medical Students’ Society and Residents Association of Nova Scotia are ex-officio members of Faculty Council. Medical students are members of the following Faculty committees: Medical Education, Student Financial Aid, Admissions and Library. Regular monthly meetings are held by the Dean with the course presidents and educational representatives as well as the president of the Medical Students’ Society.
The Society also represents students at professional bodies for physicians at each Maritime Province and nationally via the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.
Medical Undergraduate Student Advisor Program
This is a confidential support program established by the students and is separate from the Dean’s Office. Whether it is a personal or academic problem, academic decision making, career choice making, financial strife or the need to have an objective opinion, the students can get help from the student advisor. All communications are strictly confidential.
Some of the services involved include: academic and personal counseling and referrals, financial direction, career choice advising, elective choice advising, aid during residency interview time and help in finding access to medical services in the area. There are a number of lunch hour and evening events associated with the program. Early contact is recommended before problem gets critical. Students looking for advice should contact the student advisor:
Dr. Gita Sinha
Department of Medical Neuroscience
Room 14-D2, 14th Floor
Sir Charles Tupper Building
Tel: (902) 494-7059 (cell (902) 497-8100 home (902) 835-8218)
Global Health Office
Director: Shawna O’Hearn
C-241 5849 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Tel: (902) 494-1965
Fax: (902) 494-2799
Working through an interprofessional lens, the Global Health Office is committed to training global health leaders who strengthen health systems for vulnerable populations in Canada and abroad. The office prepares students, residents and faculty doing clinical electives, training or research with our international partners as well as leads summer programs in Tanzania, Thailand and The Gambia.
- Events focusing on relevant and timely global health issues are organized through the office including global health rounds, speakers, and conferences.
- Opportunities to become involved in research and mentorship.
- The Advocates in Global Health Certificate which encourages leadership within the students population through core global health competencies and skill building sessions.
- Certificate in Global Health: Health Systems in a Global Context
- Annual awards are presented to a student, resident and faculty member who demonstrates leadership in global health.
- Partnerships with organizations strengthen the global reach including CSIH (Canadian Society for International Health), CCGHR (Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research), National Network on MNCH (Maternal, Newborn and Child Health), ACIC (Atlantic Council for International Cooperation), GHEC (Global Health Education Consortium), and International Centre (Dalhousie).