Graduate Certificate in Surgical Innovation

The core of this 15-credit graduate program consists of two innovation courses (EXSU 620 and EXSU 621) delivered by McGill Department of Surgery, with some sessions offered by external partners: John Molson School of Business (lean start-up), Concordia (software design), Local Industry (Regulatory & IP), and ETS (prototyping). the first semester of the program core focuses on team building and, supported by lectures, the students embark on a needs-finding process by observing all aspect of clinical activity in their focus themes. Trainees learn basic prototyping skills, start up organization and project management, supplemented by a basic statistics course and an introduction to the current status of biomedical research innovation. This certificate provides a solid foundation in the innovation process.

See Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Surgical Innovation Full Program Description on McGill eCalendar

Admission Requirements

Generally a Biological, Biomedical & Life Science, Physical, Computer Science, a M.D. degree, a B.Eng. is required. Exceptionally on a case by case basis, an applicant holding a  B.Com., or B.C.L, LL.B. BA or BSc in Humanities & Social Sciences  will be considered. An applicant must have a minimum CGPA of 3.4/4.0. 

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About the Surgical Innovation Program

The Surgical Innovation Program is a cross-disciplinary graduate program that equips trainees to enter the clinical technology sector. The program is delivered jointly by McGill University, École de technologie supérieure, John Molson School of Business and Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Concordia University join forces to offer training in Surgical Innovation. They bring together expertise in business, engineering, computer science and surgery. Trainees work in as part of an innovation cross-disciplinary teams to learn about the innovation process for new Surgical Devices by doing it. The program is based on the highly successful innovation model of Needs Identification-Invention-Implementation:

First semester: Team building, Needs finding within a clinical environment, Needs screening based on business, engineering and clinical perspectives
Second semester: Prototype development, Proof of concept, Business plan
Summer semester: Internship with an industry partner

Teaching is delivered by engineers, clinicians, industry experts, entrepreneurs, attorneys and business faculty, and our program follows the approach of Learn & Design & Innovate.

The Surgical Innovation program is supported by NSERC CREATE funding. To learn more about our program, please visit our website: 


Options Time Stipend (CAD $) Required courses Course choice
Dip-Innovation 12 - 18 months Not required 10 courses No
Cert-Innovation 8 - 12 months Not required 5 courses No
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