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Medicine, Family


About Family Medicine

The McGill Family Medicine department is home to an exceptional community of primary health care professionals, researchers, students, and support staff, whose mission is to contribute to the health of the population and the sustainability of the healthcare system in Quebec, as in Canada and internationally, by:

  • Training residents, medical students, and other healthcare professionals to become committed to global GMF-type primary care, contributing to the accessibility, continuity, quality of care (patient-centred), and to health promotion and prevention;
  • Promoting innovation in primary healthcare delivery and practice;
  • Developing research and scholarly activity;
  • Promoting curriculum innovation and education research;
  • Engaging in international and global health activities.

We understand that research in Family Medicine is essential to the achievement of excellence in healthcare delivery, patient care, and education. Our research division is composed of Ph.D. and clinician scientists who dedicate their efforts to producing and translating knowledge that advances the discipline, practice, and teaching of family medicine, and supports scholarly achievement by clinicians and residents in the department. In addition, the department has developed unique and rigorous research programs for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students yearning to complete research in primary care.

Ph.D. (Ad Hoc)

The Department of Family Medicine offers the possibility of entering a Ph.D. program on an ad hoc basis.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Family Medicine (Thesis) (45 credits)

The M.Sc. in Family Medicine is a research-oriented thesis-based graduate program in family medicine. The objective is to increase the skills of those interested in carrying out research pertinent to the practice of family medicine.

As many relevant research questions cross conventional boundaries of disciplines and research traditions, we incorporate an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on participatory research and community engagement.

This program provides training in epidemiology and statistics as well as in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Students are also oriented for knowledge synthesis and participatory research approaches.

An emphasis is placed on the relevance of the thesis research to family practice. Close links are maintained with the six family medicine clinical sites located around Montreal and Quebec.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 28, 2014).

Medicine, Family Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Our program encourages the following applicants:

  • Practicing family physicians
  • International medical graduates
  • Undergraduate university students with a strong interest in family medicine research
  • Family medicine residents who are completing their residency and would like to continue with their education by completing an enhanced skills program specializing in family medicine research with the possibility of obtaining an M.Sc. degree. If interested, you may learn more about the Clinician Scholar Program here.
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. For further information, please refer to the TOEFL website.
  • 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 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.

All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system.

  • Supervisor:All students must be matched to a Supervisor to be admitted to our graduate programs; this matching will occur during the application process (i.e., after the applicant has submitted a complete application). After the application has been received, the applicants will have an opportunity to be chosen for an interview with one of our supervisors if the minimum admission requirements have been met.
  • Application form and fee: All applicants must complete the Online Application. The application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $102.60 which may be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Please ensure you apply for the M.Sc. in Family Medicine or the ad hoc Ph.D. in Family Medicine.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Please upload the latest version of your resumé, which should include a listing of previous research experience and publications, if applicable.
  • Letters of Reference: Two (2) letters of reference must accompany any application to our program. These letters must be no more than six months old, must be on letterhead paper, and are required to be uploaded to the admissions processing system. 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. Referees will also be asked to rank each applicant and to provide a size of the comparison (i.e., out of 50 supervised students). 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. Please note:On the application form, applicants must provide the names and email addresses of referees. McGill will contact these referees via email and invite them to upload reference letters on the applicant's behalf (along with the instructions on how to upload the documents). Neither of these reference letters should be from the proposed 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.
  • Official Transcripts:Applicants must submit one (1) official copy of all transcripts for all post-secondary education undertaken (Quebec students need not submit CEGEP transcripts). Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the McGill admissions processing system and an official transcript must be sent at a later time when the letter of acceptance has been sent by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies via Minerva (since this will be a condition of the letter). Please note:Official transcripts are not required for studies conducted at McGill University (students may upload a Minerva copy of their McGill transcript with their application and this will be sufficient).
  • Writing Sample (for ad hoc Ph.D. only):Applicants to our ad hoc Ph.D. program must upload a writing sample to review, preferably a thesis or a published article.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement – no more than two (2) pages long
  • Writing sample (for ad hoc Ph.D. only)

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by graduate departments and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: April 15 Fall: April 15 Fall: April 15
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 April 15. Admissions are preferable for the Fall term. Students may be accepted to the Winter term on a case-by-case basis.

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 28, 2014).

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