Students enrolled in health education programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Nursing, etc.) are required by law to complete a series of immunizations within their first year of studies. McGill University enforces the immunization requirements prescribed by the Public Health Department to ensure safety of both students and the patients with whom they come into contact.
Dentistry students must start the immunization process as soon as they are accepted at McGill and must complete it well before they are permitted contact with patients. Entry into the McGill University Teaching Hospitals may be delayed if immunizations are incomplete. Depending on the immunizations that you have already received, completing McGill Immunizations may take up to six months. Therefore you must start your immunization process as soon as you are accepted at McGill to have completed the process by the first day of school
Students must complete the immunization form found on the Student Health Service website before the start of their clinical training courses. All vaccinations listed on the form are compulsory for all health education program students. Vaccinations may be completed by a family physician, a health care provider, or by a nurse at McGill Health Services.
Current information indicates that there is a potential risk of transmission of Hepatitis B from practitioner to patients in the clinical dental setting. Therefore, applicants for the D.M.D. program, Multidisciplinary Residency Program in Dentistry and M.Sc. in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will be required to be tested for Hepatitis B surface antigen by the McGill Student Health Services. Applicants who test positive for Hepatitis B surface antigen will be tested for Hepatitis B “e” antigen and Hepatitis B viral DNA to help determine infectivity risk. If either Hepatitis B “e” or Hepatitis B viral DNA is positive, the offer of acceptance will be withdrawn and registration in the program will not be completed.
Health Sciences students who think they might be infected or think they have been exposed to a blood-borne disease should be tested for any or all blood-borne pathogens.
Students who are seropositive for Hepatitis B, C, HIV and/or any other blood-borne pathogens have an obligation to notify the Dean or Director of the school as soon as they know their serologic status. These students will be referred to the "Service d’évaluation du risque de transmission d’infections hématogènes", a provincial service responsible for all infected workers, including medical students. This service will make recommendations to the students and Faculty based on current scientific knowledge and relevant guidelines and practices. Students must follow the recommendations of the Service. The Service may recommend restricting the practice of these students. Students who carry blood-borne pathogens may not be permitted to perform procedures involving needles, scalpels or other sharp objects as this may pose a risk to patients and co-workers. This means that they may not be able to complete their clinical requirements and may be required to withdraw.
Applicants who know they are carrying blood-borne pathogens should consider carefully their intention to become healthcare workers and govern themselves accordingly.
Students involved in patient care who develop any contagious disease placing patients at risk must immediately discuss their condition with their supervisor and they may be required to temporarily stop clinical activities. McGill University considers it important for Health Sciences students to fulfil their ethical obligation to patients by taking appropriate measures to minimize the transmission of disease.
Students will receive details of the immunization requirements with their acceptance package and on the Student Health Service website. Immunizations can be completed at McGill Student Health Services which operates during the summer.