Saskatchewan

Applicants to U of S med school will need 4-year degrees

In a major change, students applying to the University of Saskatchewan's medical school will soon need a four-year degree.

In a major change, students applying to the University of Saskatchewan's medical school will soon need a four-year degree.

Last night, the faculty council at the College of Medicine voted in favour of making a four-year degree mandatory for all applicants.

Up to now, Saskatchewan students could apply after two years of studies.

Dr. Barry Ziola, the director of admissions at the College of Medicine, said the change — the most significant of its kind in 25 years —  will take effect for students applying in the fall of 2014.

The motion must still receive final approval from another body, the University Council.

Until now, Saskatchewan had one of the least strenuous academic requirements of all Canadian medical schools, Ziola said.

The move comes as the College of Medicine is working its way through some major changes. 

The school is trying to generally raise standards and is having its accreditation reviewed by a national body, which is concerned students aren't getting the help they need.