Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)

The purpose of the UGME Office is to assist students and faculty functioning in the Faculty of Medicine by:

  1. Coordinating all undergraduate medical courses and educational experiences;
  2. Assisting students who require information regarding curriculum, assessment, evaluation, elective experiences, or other matters which arise; and
  3. Organizing and administering all external and internal examinations and assessments of undergraduate medical students.

Unit and Year Outlines

Students will be provided with an overall outline of the academic year at the beginning of each year. Course syllabi and other course material will be uploaded to Brightspace.


Assessment is conducted in the Faculty of Medicine for two purposes:

  1. To enable both student and Faculty to evaluate progress, which determines where satisfactory progress has been achieved, and also to discover where difficulties lie so that remedial action can be taken;
  2. To certify to the public and its licensing authorities that a graduate of this Faculty of Medicine is a dependable and competent physician.

To meet the above objectives, several types of assessments are held throughout the four undergraduate years. Learning examinations are held occasionally throughout the year to enable each student to evaluate areas already learned in order to use time more efficiently in preparation for final exams. Grading examinations ordinarily take place at regular intervals, usually at the end of a unit. Assessment of clinical skills is also conducted at regular intervals.

At the beginning of each year, Promotion and Assessment Regulations are posted for all medical students. These regulations are approved by Faculty Council on an annual basis. The regulations address all aspects of professional education and deal with fitness to study medicine.

Academic Accommodation for Students with Learning Disabilities

Please refer to the section on Procedures Regarding Students with Learning Disabilities under University Regulations.


All student performance will be recorded as “Pass” or “Fail” on the official transcript. Numerical or letter grades do not appear on the transcript.

Ongoing Assessment

In addition to knowledge and clinical skills, students will be evaluated on both attitudinal attributes and skills. This evaluation is ongoing, and contributes to performance assessment in all courses.


A student must have completed and passed all components of the curriculum and must be considered fit for the study and practice of medicine before convocation. For students in their final year who have been unable to do so due to outstanding remedial work or the need to complete work missed due to illness, graduation at the Fall convocation may be possible.


Students are reminded that they must conform to the regulations prescribed by the Medical Board or College of Physicians and Surgeons of the province in which they wish to practice. Contact the licensing authority in each Province for specific regulations. The names and addresses of the Registrars of the Medical Licensing Authorities of the Atlantic provinces and the Medical Council of Canada are as follows:

Nova Scotia: Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, Suite 5005, 7071 Bayers Road, Halifax, NS B3L 2C2

New Brunswick: Dr. E. Schollenberg, Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick, 1 Hampton Road, Suite 300, Rothesay, NB E2E 5K8

Prince Edward Island: Dr. C. Moyse, Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island, 14 Paramount Drive, Charlottetown, PE C1E 0C7

Medical Council of Canada: The Registrar, 100-2283 St. Laurent Blvd., PO Box 8234, Ottawa, ON K1G 3H7

Application Procedure for the Qualifying Examination

Apply directly to the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). The Registrar’s Office of MCC will process the applicant's credentials and issue an admission letter and an ID card. Application kits will be available through the Medical Council of Canada.