After five-years of consultation and planning, the Faculty of Medicine launched its new undergraduate medical program (MDCM) curriculum in fall 2013, marking an important redesign milestone in the long history of what is Canada’s first medical school.
“Patient at Heart and Science in Hand,” reaffirms the faculty’s commitment to the health needs of Quebec and beyond by emphasizing both the hard knowledge and soft skills that make an excellent doctor. Our populations are aging, technology has transformed our ways and tools, we are increasingly global and genomics is opening up pathways never before thought possible.
To remain a step ahead, the new curriculum features core components that include primary care, evidence-based medicine, life-long learning and inter-professionalism. Recognizing the vital role of family physicians in health care today, students starting out will now spend time in a doctor’s office every month throughout their first year of studies.
In addition to renewing its curriculum, the past year was one of great achievement and investment for the Faculty of Medicine:
- The School of Nursing was renamed in honour of its major benefactor Richard S. Ingram and the School inaugurated the McGill Nursing Collaborative for Education and Innovation in Patient- and Family-Centered Care.
- McGill University signed affiliation partnership agreements to enhance teaching and research programs in the Outaouais region.
- The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders celebrated its 50th anniversary.
- In 2012, the first cohort of students were admitted to the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy’s extension program offered in Chicoutimi. The program aims to build capacity in northern Quebec, where there is a dire shortage of physiotherapists.
- Rossy Family Foundation and partners pledge $58 million to improve cancer care for Quebecers.
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- McGill co-hosts World Cancer Congress, biggest gathering of international cancer specialists
- Guy Rouleau takes helm of The Neuro Internationally renowned Quebec scientist
- New medical physics network receives $1.65 million in NSERC funding to develop a multidisciplinary training program in the fields of physics, biology and medicine
- The Faculty hosted over 400 participants for the 63rd Annual Refresher Course for Family Physicians, one of the oldest programs of its kind in Canada
- McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre awarded a Science and Technology Innovation Centre for $10 million over two years to maintain its cutting edge genomics and bioinformatics technology platforms
- The Microbiome and Disease Tolerance Centre (MDTC) at McGill was formally established in May 2013. The research and education centre will examine microbial-immune interactions to provide health insights into the relationship between microbes, health and inflammatory and immune diseases.