Faculty of Medicine

The University of Prince Edward Island is establishing a Faculty of Medicine to house a joint Doctor of Medicine degree in partnership with the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).

Unique in Canada, the new degree will bring together the strengths of both institutions—rural and family medicine, nursing, clinical psychology, paramedicine, veterinary medicine, climate change and adaptation, and sustainable design engineering. A UPEI Faculty of Medicine will increase training opportunities for future family doctors and general specialists and support the medical career aspirations of Island youth.

A medical school at UPEI will be made in PEI for all of PEI, featuring a “unique-in-Canada” joint Doctor of Medicine degree with Memorial University to meet the needs of Islanders from tip to tip.

The Joint Doctor of Medicine program will be primarily based on MUN’s established curriculum and be modified based on UPEI’s strengths to meet the needs of Islanders. This one-of-a-kind partnership means we’re not starting from scratch, allowing us to accelerate our planning.

The accreditation process ensures a medical school delivers high-quality, dynamic, and innovative academic programming to our learners while enabling the faculty to be exceptional teachers. The process to receive full accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and approval from the Atlantic Advisory Committee on Health Human Resources (AACHHR) and the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) is now underway.

UPEI’s first intake of students will begin their studies in August 2025 at the UPEI Campus of MUN’s Faculty of Medicine. Pending Joint program approval from accreditation bodies (AACHHR and MPHEC), students will eventually be enrolled in the UPEI Faculty of Medicine Joint program.

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