The Faculty of Medicine within Memorial University includes the medical school, postgraduate residency training programs and graduate programs leading to a M.Sc., PhD or MD-PhD degree or to diplomas in Community Health, Clinical Epidemiology and Post-Secondary Studies (Health Professional Education). The Faculty of Medicine is located in the Health Sciences Centre on the northwest corner of the main campus.
MUN’s Faculty of Medicine is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (ACMC) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Our four-year undergraduate medical program provides a comprehensive and integrated medical education. Teaching methods are diverse, but there is an emphasis on small group teaching. The size of the faculty and the student body facilitates a personalized learning environment. An integrated approach to the field of medicine is encouraged by a non-departmental administration system based on three divisions: Community Health, BioMedical Sciences and the Clinical Sciences.
Our curriculum places particular emphasis on community and rural medicine learning environments, and patient contact starts early in a medical student’s training. MUN’s medical graduates are sought after across Canada and in the U.S. and are recognized for their clinical maturity and good grounding in the basics. The Faculty of Medicine excels in clinical teaching, and has research expertise in specific areas of clinical specialties, community health, epidemiology, applied health and services research and basic medical science including neurosciences, immunology, cardiovascular & renal physiology and human genetic research.
Our students come from all over Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, other parts of Canada, and also outside Canada. We currently accept about 64 undergraduate students per year, with 46 seats reserved for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and remaining seats for students from New Brunswick (10), PEI (4), Yukon (1), and outside Canada (3).
Looking ahead to 2012, the medical school will be expanding to include a new clinical learning centre with additional facilities for simulated medical scenarios. The expansion, which started in early 2010, will allow the medical school accommodate an increase in class size to 80-plus students, including 60 from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Many of our graduates return to practice in the province. In recent years about 72 percent of graduates have set up practice here, and of those who set up practice in the past five years, at least 80 per cent are still practicing here. This shows that our own graduates who set up practice here want to stay.
We also have a growing graduate population, with more than 150 students registered in M.Sc. and PhD programs in cancer, cardiovascular, clinical epidemiology, community health, human genetics, immunology and neurosciences. Our researchers, two of whom hold senior Canada Research Chairs, brought in over $11 million dollars last year.