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Medicine, Family (Option)


  • Department of Family Medicine
  • 515-517 Pine Avenue West
  • Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4
  • Telephone: 514-398-7375
  • Fax: 514-398-4202
  • Email: graduateprograms [dot] fammed [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/familymed/mastersprogram

About Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine at McGill University has been in existence since the late 1970s. Through the efforts of dedicated and committed faculty members, our department has gained provincial, national, and international renown for its programs. We have graduated over 1,000 family physicians who are working in urban and rural settings around the world. Health Care Reform in Canada has placed the discipline of Family Medicine at the centre of health care delivery. Family physicians have the responsibility to ensure that every individual receives continuous and comprehensive care. The Department of Family Medicine is an academic department composed of health care professionals dedicated to teaching, research, service, and the advancement of the discipline of Family Medicine, locally, nationally, and internationally.

The McGill Department of Family Medicine has the mandate to:

  • Provide progressive undergraduate and postgraduate education;
  • Develop CME programs to address changes in the health care system;
  • Conduct health services research to assess the impact of reform on population health.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

Medicine, Family (Option) Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

The Family Medicine Option program is open to family physicians practising in Quebec interested in conducting research in family medicine. Exceptionally, we may consider candidates with a different background, such as allied health professionals, and undergraduate students across disciplines wanting to undertake research relevant to family medicine. In this case, you may be considered for admission on an individual basis and should contact the graduateprograms [dot] fammed [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Program Coordinator) to discuss eligibility.

What do we look for?
  • High academic achievement: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.4 is required out of a possible maximum CGPA of 4.0 or a GPA of 3.6 is required in the last two years of full-time studies.
  • Proof of competency in oral and written English: TOEFL: International students who have not received their instruction in English or whose mother tongue is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 567 (paper-based test) or 86, with each component score not less than 20 (Internet-based test). Note: The TOEFL institution code for McGill University is 0935. Alternatively, students may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. Original score reports must be submitted (photocopies will not be accepted). For further information, please refer to the TOEFL website.
  • For overseas graduates, an attempt is made to situate the applicant's academic grades among the standards of their universities. Grades are, however, converted to their McGill equivalent. Conversion charts, as well as required admission documentation for each country, are provided by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and prospective students should refer to these in order to determine if they are admissible to our program.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Supervisor: You must have met and confirmed a supervisor before the application process can commence. Please contact the graduateprograms [dot] fammed [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Program Coordinator) by March 1st to ensure that you have a supervisor. Prior to processing any admission, we require each file to contain a completed Confirmation of Supervisor Form, signed by the proposed supervisor and student. Once the supervisor has been confirmed, the student will need to provide a 1–2 page Project Description of the proposed research.

After the Department of Family Medicine has informed the student that they have passed the first level of approval and that they have been successfully matched up with a supervisor, they are then required to apply officially with the Division of Experimental Medicine and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

  • Application checklist: This CHECKLIST should be submitted at the time of application.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Please provide a resumé, which should include a statement of research interests as well as a listing of previous research experience and publications, if applicable.
  • Letters of Reference: Two (2) letters of reference, as well as an Applicant Evaluation Form completed by each referee must accompany any application to our program. These letters must be current (not more than six months old) and must be uploaded directly to McGill by the referee. Applicants are encouraged to request references from academic or other professional employers who can evaluate their potential for graduate studies and research, and who can attest to the applicant’s abilities and aptitudes. Please note that these should not be the proposed supervisor. Any applicant having undertaken previous graduate studies (whether at McGill or elsewhere) should make sure that one of the letters of reference is from their graduate supervisor.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a personal statement in which they describe their background, research interests, and reasons for wishing to undertake the desired program. The statement should be no more than two (2) pages long.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

Application Deadlines

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: March 15 Fall: March 15 Fall: N/A
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

All supporting documents must be received by March 15th. Admissions are for the Fall term only.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 26, 2013).

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