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Identification card

If you registered within the required dates and paid your fees, you may obtain your ID card. This card is essential on campus if you want to access Purvis Hall, borrow books from any McGill library, use athletic facilities etc.

Returning students do not need to have their ID Cards validated unless they have the old version of the McGill ID card. They must however have registered by stated deadlines. They will only need to have a new card issued if they change their degree programme. NB: Students must register each year even though they are no longer taking courses.

Student resources at Purvis Hall


First-year Ph.D. students are provided with a desks and computer for their first year in the program at the beginning of the Fall semester. If desks are not used they will be re-assigned to other students or researchers.

Eating and Kitchen Facilities

There is no cafeteria in Purvis Hall. The closest cafeterias are in the Education building and on the 5th floor of the McIntyre Medical building. They are open during the day but not evenings or weekends. These cafeterias offer a few hot dishes, sandwiches and soft drinks. For a more complete selection there are cafeterias in the Student Union building and Thomson House (Graduate Student House) both located on McTavish Street. There are coffee and vending machines in the Lower Level of Purvis Hall.

If you prefer to bring your lunch, there is a kitchen in the Lower Level of Purvis Hall (Room 12). A small refrigerator is available but tends to be overcrowded during the semester. There is also a kettle, microwave oven and a toaster oven. It is each student’s responsibility to keep these facilities clean. Please respect this.

In addition, the Solarium serves as a multipurpose room providing an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to interact in an informal setting.

Reading room

The Reading Room in Purvis Hall is located in Room 21 close to the main entrance of the building. The room is always open, but anyone who wishes to use it outside regular working hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) is responsible for ensuring that all of the windows are properly closed, locked and the blinds closed before they leave. All reading material must remain in the room. If you wish to copy certain material, it is expected this will be returned as soon as possible. Journals are shelved in chronological and alphabetical order. Please reshelve material taken from shelves. This room functions on an honour system and its continued existence requires the full support of faculty and students.

A more complete selection of material is found in the Health Sciences Library (3rd floor, McIntyre building).

Theses of former students are available for consultation only. They are not to be removed from the Reading Room and should be re-shelved alphabetically by author.


Student mailboxes are located in the Lower Level of Purvis Hall. Please check them regularly.

Photocopy machines

There is U-Print machine on the lowere level of Purvis Hall.

Part-time jobs

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available, generally for 1st year courses. See the course instructor for opportunities. Research assistantships are sometimes available. Check the bulletin board near the Lower Level stairway for announcements or the departmental website at www.mcgill.ca/epi-biostat-occh/employment/. The most common way is by word of mouth. Let people know you are looking.


Tutoring of Undergraduate Medical students is an activity in which students are encouraged to participate. This occurs over the winter semester every year. Although it is not paid, it is an excellent way to hone communications skills. Please contact marina [dot] klein [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Marina Klein) to volunteer.


Parking in front of Purvis Hall is restricted to staff and faculty with McGill permits. Those without permits may use the indoor garage in McIntyre for a maximum charge $16.00/day. Indoor parking can also be found at the Education Building (entrance on McTavish street).


In case of emergency please contact 514-398-3000. Students are advised to take special care with all personal effects as thefts are known to occur. To report thefts please call (514-398-4556). After hours, please call the Dispatcher (514-398-3731).

Access to Purvis Hall is limited to working hours Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At all other times the front door will remain locked and access will be only with your ID card. You are not to use your card in order to let others in the building, individuals who require access to the building already have it. The exit door in the basement, via Peel Street, is not to be used except for emergency purposes (i.e. fire).