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  • The Faculty of Medicine of McGill University was founded in 1829. It was McGill's first faculty.
  • William Leslie Logie, awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery in 1833, was McGill's first grad and Canada's first medicine graduate.
  • William Osler, considered one of the most influential figures of modern medicine, served on the faculty from 1874 to 1884.
  • For the ninth year in a row, McGill University is ranked first in the medical-doctoral category in Maclean’s magazine’s annual issue devoted to Canadian universities.
  • McGill University made an impressive move up to 11th place among the world's top universities for clinical, pre-clinical and health education in the 2011-2012 Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.



In addition to  medicine, the Faculty encompasses three allied health sciences schools: Nursing, Physical & Occupational Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders. There are over 80 departments, and numerous institutes and centres, among them, the Life Sciences Complex, the renowned Centre for Studies in Aging, the cutting-edge Arnold and Blema Steinberg Medical Simulation Centre, and the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre. As a leader in health care in Quebec, Canada and the world, the Faculty is strongly rooted in the three traditional pillars: health sciences education, research and patient care, as well as the modern equivalents of health policy and advocacy.

The Faculty of Medicine is part of the McGill Academic Health Network, a consortium comprised of McGill University and its major affiliated teaching hospitals, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the Jewish General Hospital, the St. Mary’s Hospital Center and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. The focus here is to build on mutual strengths in support of the highest collective achievements in patient care, education, research and health policy through greater collaboration of our partner institutions.

To organize primary care services, the government divided the province into 95 local networks (réseaux locaux), each with a “centre de santé.” For more specialized care, the local networks would have an agreement with the faculties of medicine and the teaching hospitals; for McGill, these include the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) as well as the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General, St. Mary’s, and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.  

RUIS McGill covers 63 per cent of Quebec. It includes central and western Montreal, the western part of the southshore, Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the James Bay-Cree territories, Nord du Québec and Nunavik regions and supports a population of 1.7 million. RUIS aims to continually improve access to health care by streamlining relationships between primary care providers, doctors, regional hospitals and upper-level care providers for specialized procedures.


Total number of students at the Faculty of Medicine (including Schools of Nursing, P&OT and Communication Sciences & Disorders) and incl. postdoctorals : 5,593

School of Medicine only: 

Undergraduate : 751

Graduate: 1,524

Residents/Fellows: 1,361


Undergraduate: 674
Graduate: 137

Physical & Ocupational Therapy:
Undergraduate: 280
Graduate: 434

Communication Sciences & Disorders:
Graduate: 77

Overall number of postdoctorals: 355


Faculty of Medicine – Total staff: 4,609 (including 3,969 academic staff)


Canada's largest hospital-based research facility is located at the McGill University Health Centre, with more than 600 researchers and clinicians, and nearly 1,700 graduate and postdoctoral students.

Affiliated teaching hospitals

Jewish General Hospital

Douglas Mental Health University Institute

St. Mary's Hospital Center

McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) represents six teaching hospitals affiliated with McGill:

  • Montreal Children's Hospital
  • Montreal General Hospital
  • Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute
  • Montreal Chest Institute
  • Lachine Hospital and Camille-Lefebvre Pavillion