The Best Medical Schools in Canada, Ranked

Remember the show, Untold Stories of the E.R? I still stress over those episodes. Like the one where the guy swallows a dinner fork and the doctor has to pry it out of his throat with that tweezer-looking thing? Firstly, how could the doctor be certain that it wouldn’t just slip and sink even deeper? Secondly, how do you swallow a dinner fork!?  

Basically, treating patients is risky. So before you fork-up a ton of money for med school, we did some digging to discover some of the best medical programs that Canadian universities have to offer. That way, you’ll feel well equipped to give future patients your best shot (pun intended). Here are the best medical schools in Canada.


10. University of Montreal 

So, you want to add a little ‘je ne sais quoi” to your med degree? Check out the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine. As an internationally recognized institution, it is credited for its three-fold mission of education and improvement in health in areas like clinical, basic and health sciences. 


9. Calgary

Are you into the Rocky Mountains, the Flames, and something about a Stampede? Calgary might be for you! University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine is known for its research efforts and exploration of the brain and mental health, chronic diseases, and cardiovascular sciences. 


8. Dalhousie

Its campuses expand to Halifax, N.S. and Saint John, N.B., and teaching sites across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Dalhousie Medical School offers students practical, hands-on experience in rural clinics and tertiary hospitals. Additionally, the program focuses on empowering students to generate creative solutions within current health-care systems. 


7. Western

London Ontario breeds excellence (take Rachel McAdams for example). Also, Western’s Schulich Medicine & Dentistry program offers students the skills, knowledge, and competencies to become a leader in research and health care. They even uphold initiatives to ensure a fair representation of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit doctors. 


6. Queens

Queens School of Medicine offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. MD/PhD and MD/ Master’s Programs focus heavily on providing increased trans-sectorial and multidisciplinary training, fostering research opportunities, and providing practical learning opportunities to deepen the skill set of potential healthcare professionals. 


5. Alberta

Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry aims to train future health care professionals to deliver quality, collaborative and socially accountable care. The Faulty also prides itself on having one of the highest student satisfaction rates in the country. 


4. McMaster

Study a little faster and you can go to McMaster. Being one of the country’s most reputable schools for the sciences, it is no surprise that McMaster’s School of Medicine is highly sought after. Additionally, the program uses a problem-solving approach to train up-and-coming health care professionals by exposing students to patients early in the program. 


3. University of British Columbia

UBC’s Faculty of Medicine is proud to optimize student’s learning potential by offering flexible opportunities tailored to their individual career goals. Such opportunities include but are not limited to top-notch research experiences in the biosciences, globally renowned population health education, health professional training, as well as digital certificates and training options. 


2. McGill

McGill’s medical program is reputedly one of the best in North America when it comes to clinical training. The program’s interdisciplinary biomedical research hub utilizes cutting-edge imaging technology. So, this sets students up for future success in their medical careers. Also, McGill’s medical program ranks 35 in the world rankings, just behind UofT at 29. 


1. University of Toronto

UofT’s faculty of medicine is in the world’s top 10. Furthermore, the school has nine fully affiliated hospitals in the GTA, each of them holding one or more research institutes. Earning a medical degree from an award-winning faculty at a globally recognized university, you’ll definitely set yourself apart from competing graduates when it comes time to begin your career. 

Samantha Moss

Samantha Moss

Sam is an Account Manager at Student Life Network and a Writer for various digital platforms. She enjoys true crime conspiracies, snowboarding, and a well-delivered punchline.