This admissions pathway is open to international (non-North American) medical graduates (IMGs) who are residents of Québec and grants advanced standing to the McGill Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery program and allows the candidate to obtain the M.D.,C.M. degree in two years. The number of positions available is contingent on the number of attritions from previous years, will vary and may include years where there are no positions available.
Curriculum: Applicants admitted via this pathway are exempted from the Basis of Medicine component (BOM) of the M.D.,C.M. program and enter the program in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) component, starting in May of Med-2 (second year). Successful students continue into the clerkships and graduate with an M.D.,C.M. degree from McGill.
To be eligible, applicants must hold a medical degree from an accredited medical school recognized by the World Health Organization, must complete the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), must provide a Medical Student Performance Report or Evaluation ("Dean's Letter") from their medical school, and proof of English or French proficiency. Details are found below.
File review is be based upon the evaluation of eligibility (through the Quebec residency and foreign medical training criteria defined above), followed by an evaluation of the applicant’s file (MCCEE results, transcripts, Medical School Performance Report, CV and personal statement). Competitive candidates are invited to a mandatory multiple mini-interview session.
Admission requirements and conditions
Eligible applicants must have the following:
- Is a recognized resident of Québec (see Applicant Categories);
- By the application deadline, holds a medical degree from outside Canada or the United States of America, in good standing from an accredited, World Health Organization-recognised institution (as listed in the Avicenna Directory for Medicine);
- Is able to provide results of an Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) or of a Qualifying Exam (MCCQE) (Part I minimum) from the Medical Council of Canada;
- Is able to provide provide a Medical Student Performance Report or Evaluation ("Dean's Letter") from their medical school;
- Is able to provide either:
- Meets the basic science requirements (*2);
- Meets all other essential requirements listed (see General Requirements);
(*1) Internationally trained medical graduates who have completed their MD degrees in either French or English are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.
(*2) Exceptions may be granted for continued studies or direct practice within the given time frame.
MDCM without advanced standing
Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who satisfy current Québec residency requirements and who hold a medical degree awarded by a recognized university outside Canada or the United States of America may be eligible to apply to the first year of the MDCM program if:
- official transcripts sent by that university show numerical or letter grades for all courses completed
- the candidates meet the specific requirements of science prerequisites and comply with the MCAT policy as described in the criteria for admission to the MDCM program
The selection criteria will be the same for these candidates as for those candidates applying to the MDCM program with a Bachelor's degree. The international medical degree (and its grade point average (GPA)) will be the degree used as the basis of admission.
Postgraduate Medical Education
Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who are international medical graduates and residents of Quebec, who have completed equivalence requirements, and have received a letter of attestation to this effect from the Collège des médecins du Québec should contact the Postgraduate Medical Education office.
A schedule of fees for the MDCM program (including tuition, compulsory fees and other charges) is available on the Student Accounts Office web site. The fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without notice. Supplemental information is available from the Undergraduate Medical Education web site.