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Cumming School of Medicine

Cumming School of Medicine
Health Research Innovation Centre
Established 1967 (1967)
Type Medical school
Location Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Affiliations University of Calgary
Website .ca.ucalgarymedicine

The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine was established in 1967 and renamed the Cumming School of Medicine in 2014. It is one of two medical schools in Alberta and one of 17 in Canada. The Faculty and medical school is linked to the hospitals in Alberta Health Services such as Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Children's Hospital, Rockyview General Hospital and Chinook Regional Hospital. Trainees in faculty of medicine include 486 medical students (UME), 767 residents (PGME), 190 post doctoral fellows (PDF) and 491 graduate students. It is one of two 3 year medical schools, along with McMaster University Medical School, in Canada. In addition, the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.

Program Offerings

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Leaders in Medicine (Joint MD/PhD program)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)
  • Neurological Sciences and Mental Health
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Gastrointestinal Sciences
  • Medical Sciences Graduate Division of Education
  • Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Doctor of Medicine Program

The Doctor of Medicine program was founded in 1970. It is one of two fully accredited medical schools in Canada that offers a three-year Doctor of Medicine program. The program is structured so that the pre-clerkship curriculum is taught year-round, without an extended summer break (as is common in 4-year MD programs). This structure allows the pre-clerkship portion of undergraduate medical education to be shortened in length, without limiting the breadth of medical knowledge required for students to be competent before entering the clerkship phase of the curriculum.


Thematic institutes were formed between Faculty of Medicine and the Calgary Health Region that support and fulfill the vision and mission of these two entities. Philosophically, institutes encompass activities in all three areas of education, research and care delivery.

Currently there are six Institutes identified as follows:

  • Alberta Bone & Joint Health Institute
  • Hotchkiss Brain Institute
  • Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation
  • Institute of Maternal & Child Health
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta
  • Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute
  • Calgary Institute for Population and Public Health

Faculty of Medicine Departments

  • Anaesthesia
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cardiac Sciences
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Clinical Neurosciences
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Medical Genetics
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery


The faculty is located on the Foothills Campus of the University of Calgary in the Health Sciences Centre. This facility is annexed to Foothills Medical Centre.


  • Graduate Studies
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta

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