Graduate Diploma in Surgical Innovation (30 credits)

The cores of this 30 credit program are two-fold. Firstly two innovation courses offered by the McGill Department of Surgery, Experimental Surgery (EXSU 620-Surgical Innovation & 621-Surgical Innovation and 2) supporting courses that are delivered by McGill Department of Surgery and with some sessions in those courses provided by external partners, Local Industry (Regulatory & IP), the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) (lean start-up), Concordia University (software design) and L'École de technologie supérieure (ETS) (prototyping). Secondly fundamental business and management courses are taken concurrently provided by Continuing Studies (McGill) and JMSB and reinforce the innovation project team experience. Students embark on a hospital-based needs finding process by observing all aspect of clinical activity in their focus themes. The trainees learn basic prototyping skills, start up organization and project management. This is supplemented by a basic statistics course and an introduction to the current status of biomedical research innovation. This diploma then gives a business-oriented training in the surgical innovation process.

This program is new as of January 2017. 

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. 

See also How to apply & Application Deadlines

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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