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Master of Science (M.Sc.); Experimental Surgery (Thesis)(45 Credits)

    Offered by:Surgery
    Degree:Master of Science

Program Requirement:

Thesis Courses (30 credits)


  • EXSU 690 M.Sc. Research 1 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • EXSU 691 M.Sc. Research 2 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • EXSU 692 M.Sc. Research 3 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • EXSU 693 M.Sc. Thesis 18 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Required Courses (12 credits)


  • EXSU 601 Knowledge Management 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • EXSU 605 Biomedical Research Innovation 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • EXSU 606 Stats for Surgical Research 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Complementary Courses (3 credits)

3 credits, taken from 500, 600, or 700 level courses in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee.



    Depending on their individual background, students may be asked by their Research Supervisory Committee to take additional courses.



      Master of Science (M.Sc.); Experimental Surgery (Thesis) — Surgical Education(45 Credits)

        Offered by:Surgery
        Degree:Master of Science

      Program Requirement:

      The M.Sc. in Experimental Surgery, Concentration in Surgical Education, provides a foundation in surgical education practice and research. The program highlights the unique teaching and learning environment of surgery coupled with a basis in educational theory, curricular design, and implementation. A major emphasis of this program is surgical educational research with the elaboration, designs, implementation, and analysis of a research project founded in best practices of educational research. The research project may encompass, but is not limited to, surgical stimulation, technical skills acquisition, surgical technology, and assessment.

      Thesis Courses (30 credits)


      • EXSU 690 M.Sc. Research 1 4 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • EXSU 691 M.Sc. Research 2 4 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • EXSU 692 M.Sc. Research 3 4 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • EXSU 693 M.Sc. Thesis 18 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer


      Required Courses (12 credits)


      • EDPE 637 Issues in Health Profes Educ 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • EDPH 689 Teaching&Learning in Higher Ed 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • EXSU 605 Biomedical Research Innovation 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • EXSU 606 Stats for Surgical Research 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer


      Complementary Courses (3 credits)

      3 credits, taken from 500-, 600-, or 700-level courses in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee.


        Depending on their individual backgrounds, students may be asked by their Research Advisory Committee to take additional courses.


        Master of Science (M.Sc.); Experimental Surgery (Thesis) — Surgical Innovation(45 Credits)

          Offered by:Surgery
          Degree:Master of Science

        Program Requirement:

        The M.Sc. in Experimental Surgery, Concentration in Surgical Innovation, offers graduate-level training program in experimental surgery, leading to a Master's degree. This concentration allows for a hands-on learning experience for students to develop skills necessary to work within multi-disciplinary teams in the creation of a novel, needs driven, and marketable prototypes used in developement of novel surgical and medical devices. As such participants work in multidisclipinary teams to identify clinical needs and to innovate solutions to them.

        Thesis Courses (30 credits)


        • EXSU 690 M.Sc. Research 1 4 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • EXSU 691 M.Sc. Research 2 4 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • EXSU 692 M.Sc. Research 3 4 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • EXSU 693 M.Sc. Thesis 18 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Required Courses (12 credits)


        • EXSU 605 Biomedical Research Innovation 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • EXSU 606 Stats for Surgical Research 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • EXSU 620 Surgical Innovation 1 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • EXSU 621 Surgical Innovation 2 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Complementary Courses (3 credits)

        3 credits, taken from 500-, 600-, or 700-level courses in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee.



          Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Experimental Surgery

            Offered by:Surgery
            Degree:Doctor of Philosophy

          Program Requirement:

          Thesis

          A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.



            Required Courses (12 credits)


            • EXSU 601 Knowledge Management 6 Credits
                Offered in the:
              • Fall
              • Winter
              • Summer

            • EXSU 605 Biomedical Research Innovation 3 Credits
                Offered in the:
              • Fall
              • Winter
              • Summer

            • EXSU 606 Stats for Surgical Research 3 Credits
                Offered in the:
              • Fall
              • Winter
              • Summer

            • EXSU 700 Comprehensive Examination
                Offered in the:
              • Fall
              • Winter
              • Summer


            Complementary Course (3 credits)

            One graduate-level course in the student's specialty, selected in consultation with the Research Supervisory Committee.



              Comprehensive Examination  

              All Ph.D. students candidates are required to pass a Pre-Doctoral Comprehensive Examination that should be taken within 36 months of enrollment in the PhD program (within 24 months if they have fast-tracked from the MSc program to PhD2). This is an integral part of the PhD program at the Department of Surgery and is consistent with the PhD Comprehensive Policy at McGill http://www.mcgill.ca/study/2014-2015 university regulations and resources/graduate/gps guidelines and policies and comprehensives policy

              Purpose: The aim of this examination is to test 1) the student's understanding of the field of study and the vision for their project; 2) their ability to critically evaluate their own research as well as the research published in the peer-reviewed journals; 3) their ability to present and to defend material orally and in writing.

              Exam Committee: The examination is conducted by a panel consisting of the student's Research Advisory Committee plus 2-3 additional members and chaired by the Committee Chairperson.  All members of the panel are required to have faculty appointments.

              Exam Format: The Comprehensive Exam consists of two components: 1) Review of the progress made in the candidate's research project; 2) Critical assessment of a research article in the field of the candidate's research.  This component of the exam consists of two parts - a written report and an oral presentation of the article.

              The written report should be submitted 10-14 days prior to the Exam.  The format of the Exam session itself is two 20-30 minute oral presentations (of the project and of the article), each followed by a period of questions.  The session typically lasts 2 hours.

              The first component of the Exam, i.e. presentation of the research project, should include introduction, methodology, results and discussion of the data and the future directions.  The student should demonstrate sufficient amount of research data, a detailed knowledge of their project, good understanding of the basic concepts of research design, critical thinking and good communication skills.

              For the second component of the Exam, the student will receive three recent articles (within 5 years) on topics related to their area of Research and will select one for the assignment.  The articles will be suggested by the Supervisor and approved by the Advisory Committee Chairperson (with help of the Exam Committee members).  The student will prepare a written report on this article which will include: 1) a brief introduction to the area of research; 2) the rationale, objectives and hypothesis for the conducted study; 3) a critical assessment of the methodology, the data presented and the conclusions drawn from them.  The student should also comment on the contribution of this article to the field of study and identify future directions for research in that area.  The candidate should complete this task without help from colleagues or the research advisor.  Two weeks are allocated for the preparation of the written report (10-15 pages, double spaced, references included).  The report will then be given to the members of the Pre-doctoral Exam Committee 10-14 days before the exam.

              In the oral session, the student will present and explain the findings of the article, as well as defend his assessment outlined in the written report.

              Assessment and Grading: The Committee will grade the student's performance in each component of the Pre-Doctoral Comprehensive Exam as PASS , FAIL or CONDITIONAL PASS.  The candidate must receive a PASS grade on both components of the exam in order to be permitted to continue in the PhD program.

              If the student fails one or both parts of the Comprehensive Exam, they may be given a chance to re-schedule the entire exam, or only the failed part of the exam. The details and conditions of a re-examination will be determined by the Committee and communicated in writing to the student and to the Graduate Program Director.  A failure at the second attempt will lead to termination of the student's PhD program.

              If the Committee is not satisfied with a particular aspect of the student's performance, a CONDITIONAL PASS can be given followed by specific recommendations and assignments to correct the weakness.  The student will have to report back to the Committee once the assignment is completed to get re-evaluated. If the result is a positive review, the student will get a PASS grade.  If the student fails to comply with the required work or if the Committee is not satisfied with the progress made, a FAIL grade will be issued and the student will not be permitted to continue in the PhD program.

              Fast Tracking and Back Tracking

              Fast tracking procedures

              Transfer from the Master's to Doctoral Program  

              Upon recommendation by the program and approval by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) , academically promising students registered in Master's programs may proceed directly to Doctoral studies without completing the full requirements for the Master's degree.  An applicant for such a transfer from the Master's program to the Doctoral program in the same academic unit must present both a strong academic record (CGPA of 3.5 or higher) and strong evidence that they are capable of successfully completing appropriate research for the Doctoral level.  The applicant must have completed a minimum of 2 full-time terms in the Master's program, up to a maximum of 4 full-time terms, according to the requirements of the academic unit.  The student, if approved for fast-tracking, will enter the doctoral program at the PhD2 level.

              A candidate for transfer must submit an application to the Doctoral program according to normal procedures and deadlines.

              Back tracking procedures

              Terminating Registration in a Doctoral Program to Complete a Master's Degree in the Same Program

              GPS strongly discourages the practice of withdrawing from a Doctoral program to register in the same program for a Master's degree ("back-tracking"). However, in exceptional circumstances such a transfer may be preferable academically to having the student fail or withdraw from the Doctoral program.

              In such cases where a transfer is preferable, the student must have permission from both the Graduate Program and GPS to transfer from the Doctoral to the Master's program; the Graduate Program Director must provide specific reason(s) when recommending the change in program to GPS.  The student must then submit an application to the Master's program according to normal procedures and deadlines.  Also, the student must be made aware that they will not be eligible for subsequent readmission to the same Doctoral program after completion of (or participation in) the Master's degree.  The student should discuss any concerns with the Graduate Program Director and if necessary, the Associate Dean GPS.

              Note: The Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, Recherche et Science (MERS) regulations require that a student must be registered for at least one academic term in the program from which they intend to graduate.  

               

              Reapplication

              Reapplication to a graduate program subsequent to having back tracked or fast tracked

              A student who has already fast tracked from a Master's to Doctoral program or back tracked from a Doctoral to a Master's program (with or without having completed the Master's degree) is not eligible for admission to the original program. However, such a  student may be eligible for admission to a different graduate program under normal admissions processes.

              Fellowship and Financial Support

              Information on fellowships and financial support can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website Funding: Fellowships and awards.

              Rebecca Thompson, Dr. Letitia Lim, MD, JennyAnn Pura

              Rebecca Thompson (M.Sc Candidate in Biomedical Engineering); Dr. Letitia Lim, MD (Ph.D Candidate in Experimental Medicine); JennyAnn Pura (M.Sc Candidate in Experimental Surgery) from the Jo Miller Orthopaedic Laboratory.