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2005 - 2006

3.3.2 Requirements for Admission M.D., C.M. (Four-year) Program

Applicants must have received an undergraduate degree, or be in the final year of a course of study at a recognized college or university leading to an undergraduate degree consisting of 120 credits over eight terms following completion of high school. However, students who have received a diploma of collegial studies (CEGEP) in the province of Quebec must have completed 90 credits (six terms) in a Quebec university to obtain the required degree. Similarly, Quebec residents who, having received credit for their diploma of collegial studies, elect to complete their undergraduate degree outside the province of Quebec (other Canadian provinces, U.S.A. or elsewhere) will be required to complete an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 90 credits (six terms) at the non-Quebec university to be eligible to apply. Students who fail to complete a DEC before transferring to a non-Quebec university must complete a four-year degree. Successful candidates must be in receipt of the bachelor's degree by the time of registration for the first year of the medical curriculum.

Although the Faculty attempts to ensure by means of the specific requirements listed below that all students have an adequate preparation in science, it also wishes to encourage students from a variety of backgrounds to select medicine as a career. Prospective applicants are therefore advised to pursue courses of study, whether in the natural or social sciences or the humanities, which appeal to them and which have as their aim a broad education and intellectual training rather than merely anticipating the medical curriculum. In all programs of study, to be admissible prospective applicants should have carried a full load of courses (15 credits per term). Official transcripts must have numerical or letter grades. Narrative transcripts are not acceptable.


These consist of the following courses and the Medical College Admission Test.
One full year (2 terms) university-level course, with laboratory work, in each of:
General biology
General chemistry
Organic chemistry

It is important to note that in all of the above courses Pass/ Fail grades are not acceptable.
Prerequisite courses completed more than eight years ago must be repeated. Exception may be made for applicants with advanced degrees in the material concerned.
University-level courses in biochemistry or cell and molecular biology are strongly recommended.

All applicants who wish to apply to the M.D., C.M. program starting in August 2006 must have taken the MCAT by August 20, 2005. This test is conducted by the MCAT Program Office, P.O. Box 4056, Iowa City, IA 52243; telephone (319) 337-1357, and is given each year in the spring and fall at various centres in Canada, the U.S. and other countries.

The MCAT assesses mastery of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics; facility with scientific problem-solving and critical thinking; and writing skills. The skills and concepts tested are those identified by physicians and medical educators as prerequisite for the practice of medicine. Information regarding the MCAT as well as practice tests can be obtained from the official Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Web site:

The test should be retaken if it was written more than three years before the date of application. For applicants whose first language is not English, this fact will be taken into account in assessing the results of the test.


Applicants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, who satisfy current Quebec residency requirements and who hold a medical degree awarded by a recognized university outside of Canada or the U.S., may be eligible to apply to the first year of the M.D.,C.M. program if:

- official transcripts sent by that university show numerical grades for all courses completed and,
- the candidate meets the specific requirements of science prerequisites and MCATs described under the M.D.,C.M. program.
The criteria for selection will be identical to those applying to the M.D.,C.M. program with a bachelor's degree. The foreign medical degree and its GPA will be substituted for a bachelor's degree. M.D./M.B.A. Program

The M.D./M.B.A. program recognizes that physicians will be increasingly involved in the growing partnerships between business and health/sickness care. The program will graduate a group of doctors with skills uniquely directed towards management in the health care sector. This will provide opportunity to compete for positions in a growing niche of physician-managers who will be found in all facilities from the smallest clinic to the largest tertiary health care facility, from research laboratory to university or hospital medical departments.

This is a five-year program in which the first year from September to the following July is spent in the Faculty of Management. To be promoted and registered into the medical portion of the M.D./ M.B.A. program, students must have successfully completed by July 31, 2006 all the courses and projects which are required in the first year of the joint program. Elements of health management and practicums will be integrated into the elective opportunities in the regular four-year medical curriculum. At graduation, graduates will receive an M.B.A. from the Faculty of Management and an M.D.,C.M. from the Faculty of Medicine.

Acceptance into this program has identical requirements as those required for the M.D.,C.M. Program.

Cost of Study:

Tuition fees for the first three terms (fall, winter, and summer) of the joint M.D./M.B.A. program are $30,000 for International students, $6,259.47 for non-Quebec Canadian students, and $2,502.45 for Quebec students. Figures are given in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without further notice. Student services, administrative, society fees and M.B.A. computer fees are not included. Tuition for the balance of the M.B.A. portion of the joint program will be prorated on a per credit basis.

Applications must be submitted no later than November 15, 2005. Further information can be obtained from: Program Administrator M.D./M.B.A.Program, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1Y6. Telephone (514) 398-3517. Fax (514) 398-4631. M.D./Ph.D. Program

Students interested in a research career in academic medicine may wish to apply for admission to the M.D./Ph.D. program. This is a seven-year program in which the basic and clinical sciences portion of the medical curriculum is completed from September of year one to December 31 of year two, prior to the beginning of full-time graduate studies. The latter are expected to last three, but no more than four, years by which time all course work and the research requirements for the Ph.D. degree must have been completed and a thesis submitted. The defense of the thesis will ordinarily take place at a later date. From January of year five to May of year seven students will complete the requirements for the M.D. degree.

Acceptance into the M.D./Ph.D. program is conditional upon fulfilling the requirements for and being accepted into the four-year medical curriculum and acceptance into a graduate program by one of the departments and the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. Students currently enrolled in the first year of the medical curriculum at McGill and who have a bachelor's or master's degree are eligible to apply before October 1st of the second year.

Applications must be submitted no later than November 15, 2005. Further information can be obtained from: Program Administrator, M.D./Ph.D. Program, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6. MED-P Program

Prospective applicants who are citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada living in the province of Quebec and who are currently enrolled in the second and final year of the Sciences de la nature profile of the Quebec Colleges of General and Professional Education (CEGEP) are eligible to apply for the Med-P program.

Required courses:
Biology: OOUK, OOXU;
Chemistry: OOUL, OOUM, OOXV;
Mathematics: OOUN, OOUP;
Physics: OOUR, OOUS, OOUT.
Recommended course: second organic chemistry
All courses must have numerical grades in order to be acceptable. The Medical College Admission Test is NOT required for entry into the Med-P program.

The DEC Intégré may also be acceptable providing the candidates have completed the approved number of science prerequisites - two courses acceptable to both of the McGill Faculties of Medicine and Science in each of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.

Please note that:
a. applicants who are completing a Diploma of Collegial Studies in more than two years (with the exception of certain students taking a "double DEC" or those enrolled in an approved Sports-Études program);
b. CEGEP students who have formerly been enrolled in college or university programs or in post-secondary technical schools, within or outside of the province;
c. applicants who have already obtained a Diploma of Collegial Studies;
d. applicants who have already obtained a Diploma of Collegial Studies and who are registered in an undergraduate degree program or have completed an undergraduate degree;
must fulfill the requirements for, and make application to, the M.D.,C.M. program.
In the first year of the Med-P program students are registered in the Faculty of Science. In addition to completing the specific requirements for entry into the four-year program, they must take a number of humanities, social science, and elective courses selected for the purpose of broadening and enriching their education. Following the successful completion of this year, determined by a promotions committee, students proceed into the first year of the M.D.,C.M. program.

It should be noted that there are more applicants for the Med-P program than can be accepted. Unsuccessful applicants are often well qualified for admission into other undergraduate degree programs (e.g., B.A., B.Sc.). All applicants are advised to apply for an alternate program. Advanced Standing

There are no places available for students who wish to transfer to McGill.

Students currently in medical school are eligible to apply to the first year of the program if their application provides proof of withdrawal from that medical school and that they meet all the admissions requirements to the M.D.,C.M. program.

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