Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

Medical Student Finances

At CFMS, we have an exclusive partnership with MD Financial Management to provide medical students with comprehensive financial planning, financial education and a wide range of support for events and services, including the leadership and travel awards.

MD has created onboardMD, a site full of tools and resources developed for med students just like you. We also have a team of MD Advisors and Early Career Specialists dedicated to supporting medical students and residents, whether they need help with budgeting, cash flow management, finding the right credit solution or any other financial challenge.



Meet your MD team to find out how they can help!

Financial Checklist for Medical Students

With the high cost of tuition and living expenses, medical school can be challenging from a financial perspective. In fact, nine of every 10 medical students will incur debt by the end of their medical education.

Here are six steps you can take to ensure you come out ahead:

  • Meet with an MD Advisor

    Medical students assume because they often have little or no financial wealth that they don’t need financial advice. But financial planning involves more than accumulating assets. An MD Advisor can assess your situation and develop a financial plan so you can graduate with as little debt as possible.

  • Determine your financing needs and obtain funding

    If you need financial assistance, be sure to apply for scholarships and bursaries, and get student loans from the government. You can also use a professional student line of credit to pay for your medical school and other living expenses. Be sure to create your cash flow and budget so that you can lower your medical school debt.

  • Take control of your financial health

    Establishing a budget, cash flow and/or savings plan will go a long way in helping you manage your debt, protect your credit, manage savings and meet financial goals. Visit to find a number of tools you can use to stay on top of your financial well-being.

  • Consider the car and home options

    Transportation can have a big impact on your finances. If you’re thinking about buying and financing a car, an Advisor can help you weigh the options and come to a decision.

    Most students will rent during medical school, but depending on your situation, buying a home may be a viable option. An MD Advisor can walk you through the rent vs. buy decision, and refer you to mortgage specialists.

  • Protect yourself with insurance

    Your ability to earn future income as a resident and practising physician is your most important asset. An MD Advisor can help you develop a plan to protect your family, property and earning potential, and ensure the coverage is always aligned with your needs and career stage.

  • Assemble a team of financial experts

    If you need assistance from other financial experts, an MD Advisor will be able to provide referrals to lawyers, mortgage specialists, insurance specialists and estate and trust specialists.

onboardMD: your journey in medicine starts here

From pre-med to starting your practice, onboardMD gives you tools, information, and insights that will simplify your path to becoming a physician in Canada.

  1. Check out the Specialty Navigator to find out which specialty is right for you.
  2. Curious about what's going on in the medical community? Find out in our Events section.
  3. In our Resources section you will find a curated collection of actionable tips, community resources, best practices and inspiring stories to help you each step of the way as you progress in your medical career.

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