Management and Leadership Skills for Healthcare

Frequently asked questions

Are the courses recognized as continuing medical education?

Each course is a recognized professional development activity and, as such, is eligible for up to 25, Section 2 credits in MAINPORT (Royal College of Canada) or 25 CMQ (Collège des Medecins du Québec) hours. We are also exploring the possibility of making the Certificate eligible for Section 3 credits (Royal College and CMQ).

Why should you consider an educational program in management and leadership?

Because management is a difficult and confusing activity, that requires thoughtful reflection. This is not easy to do while on the job. Short courses can help, but an integrated program with experienced instructors and colleagues can make a profound difference. Management is a practice; managers learn in communities of practice.

Do you have to leave your job to do the GCHM?

No! Leaving your job would deny you the greatest opportunity of such an education: to go back and forth between the learning in the classroom and the practice on the job. Your workplace experience can be brought into the classroom for deeper reflection, and the impact of that learning can be pursued on the job for better practice. The GCHM meets four times over 9 months, with a few workshops between the sessions, all fully online and “live" each for a 6-day period. Other activities in the program blend into the work context.

Why do this at McGill University?

The new GCHM program was developed jointly by the Faculties of Medicine and Management at McGill. The two faculties have joined before to create management programs for people in the health sector have a great deal of experience, success, and extraordinary instructors. At McGill University, we have one of the most respected medical schools in the world, and a management school that is a world leader in innovative management education and development.

Do I need work experience? 

For the greatest learning outcome, experience in a healthcare profession is recommended.  

If I am currently registered at McGill, do I need to submit an application for the GCHM program? 

Yes, you are required to apply to the GCHM program and once admitted, you will be registered in both programs.    

What are the first steps in the admission process? 

Please send us your CV through the Personal Information Form and wait for our confirmation.

I have started my application, but I can’t upload my documents.

Once you pay the application fee (CAD $125.71), you will be able to upload your documents.

Do you require GMAT or GRE scores? 

No, these tests are not an admission requirement of the GCHM.   

Is the TOEFL or IELTS required? 

No, these tests are not an admission requirement of the GCHM.  For candidates whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed a degree in an English-speaking country, your English language abilities may be verified during an admission interview.  We will contact you if necessary.   

Will an interview be part of the application process? 

Our office will contact you for an admission interview, only if it is required. 

When is a student notified of the admission decision? 

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.   

If I receive a notice of acceptance, what are the next steps? 

A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 CDN is required upon receipt of the notification of acceptance letter, in order to reserve a place in the program. Accepted applicants will also be contacted through email with further details.   

What is the program start date? 

The program starts once a year, in January.  

What is the length of the GCHM? 

The GCHM is a part time, 9-month graduate program.  

Do you wish to pursue a master's degree?

Upon successful completion of the GCHM program, the 15 graduate credits can be brought forward for advanced standing in the International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) program at McGill University.


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