University of Calgary

Cumming School of Medicine Quick Facts

Fast Facts about the University of Calgary

Our People

  • More than 2,400 students attend programs at the Cumming School of Medicine:
    • 529 Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    • 365 Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)
    • 135 Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation
    • 451 Graduate Science Education (PhD and MSc students)
    • 742 Post Graduate Medical Education (residents)
    • 188 Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
  • The school benefits greatly from its partnership with Alberta Health Services, which supports training residents in their specialty areas of medicine and encourages research between scientists and clinicians
  • Our Global Health and International Partnerships department supports international educational experiences for students and promotes research in countries such as Laos, and Tanzania and Uganda
  • The school has more than 500 full-time faculty, more than 1,500 clinical and adjunct faculty, and more than 1,300 technical and support staff
  • 3,500 people are employed at the Cumming School of Medicine

Our School by the Numbers

  • More than $140 million/year in research grants and contracts
  • One of only two, three-year medical school programs in North America
  • 48 Chairs and Professorships - generously supported by our community - which develop, promote and recognize research excellence; total endowment value of more than $150 million
  • Faculty awards include 10 Orders of Canada, six Rhodes Scholars, and a Gairdner International Award winner

Our History

  • 1967 - the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine is founded
  • 1970 - the first medical students are accepted into the program
  • 2004 - the faculty's research institutes are created
  • 2004 - the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) program is established
  • 2014 - On June 17, 2014, the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine was formally named the Cumming School of Medicine, in recognition of Geoffrey Cumming's generous gift to the university – matched by the Province of Alberta – in support of our work in medical research and innovation.

Our Programs

  • The Calgary Stroke Program is recognized as one of the leading programs of stroke treatment and research internationally.
  • The Cumming School of Medicine has one of the largest divisions of gastroenterology in the world and the Inflamatory Bowel Disease (IBD) program ranks fifth internationally.
  • The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) program consistently leads the University of Calgary in terms of student GPA and student awards.