Summer Session

The Research and Graduate Programs Division of the Department of Family Medicine is proud to present its official summer session for May and June.  We offer training for patient-oriented, community-based research with innovative methodologies and participatory approaches. The expertise of our teaching faculty crosses conventional discipline boundaries and research traditions. The courses and workshop during this session incorporate an interdisciplinary perspective with rigorous training in qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and participatory research approaches with topics ranging from program evaluation to understanding the healthcare system. Graduate students, health professionals and others are welcome to register for these courses for either professional interest or credit.


Details about our course offerings and workshops can be found in our Summer 2019 Session Brochure


Professional Interest Courses:

1) Statistical Software Workshop: 

This professional interest course will introduce statistical modelling using R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Participants will learn how to use R for prediction modelling and effect estimation using traditional statistical models and modern machine learning techniques. The course is applied to to real data settings and will cover the analysis of clustered and time-to-event data. Basic knowledge of R is beneficial but not required.


The professional interest courses cost $100 for students/residents and $200 for external faculty. These offerings may be free for internal faculty.

To register for all professional interest courses, please contact the coordinator and make all cheques payable to McGill University and send them to:

Graduate Programs Coordinator
Department of Family Medicine-McGill University
5858 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, 3rd Floor
Montréal, QC H3S 1Z1

You can sign up for Professional Interest courses here. Courses taken for credit will be available for registration via MINERVA as of March.

For summer course fees for McGill students and residents, please click here.

Registration for McGill Undergraduate and Graduate Students 

Registration for summer courses (for credit) does not become available until March. 

Please email graduateprograms.fammed [at] to be given permission to register for your course on Minerva.  If interested, undergraduate students can only complete FMED506 because all 600-level courses are closed to undergraduate students (see brochure in the above link for more information regarding courses).   


Registration for McGill Residents/Clinical Fellows 

Registration for summer courses (for credit) does not become available until March.

Please email graduateprograms.fammed [at] to be given permission to register for your course on Minerva.

Please note: If interested, in obtaining credit for the course, you are required to apply as a special student at McGill.  Deadline to apply for the summer session as a special student is April 1, 2019 for permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Participants Seeking Professional Interest Certificate

Health professionals and others not seeking academic credits are considered for enrolment as Professional Interest Student in the Summer Session. Professional Interest Students are expected to participate fully in course work, including assignments and examinations. Students will be informed of the grade obtained, but it will not be officially recorded by the university and no formal university transcript will be issued. Students will receive a certificate of participation from the Department of Family Medicine. Courses taken for Professional Interest cannot subsequently be applied to an academic program.  Fees to take our courses for professional interest will be $200 per credit hour (i.e., a 3-credit course will cost $600).  To register for professional interest (non-credit), please make all cheques to McGill University and send them to:

Graduate Programs Coordinator 
Department of Family Medicine-McGill University
5858 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, 3rd Floor 
Montréal, QC H3S 1Z1


Graduate Students From Other Quebec Universities (CREPUQ)

Degree students from other Québec universities wishing to take course(s) in our department must:
1. Email the instructor for permission. Please include your degree program and university at which you are enrolled, and provide your reasons for wishing to take the course(s). Please ask the instructor, when responding to you, to include a cc to our graduate program coordinator (graduateprograms.fammed [at] CREPUQ registration requests will be processed beginning in March.
2. After approval has been received from the instructor, students need to apply on-line here and should check their own university website or the CREPUQ website for procedures.
Please note: Students will be charged by their Home Universities.


Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting students from universities outside Quebec (but within Canada) wishing to register in the Summer Session must obtain written permission from both universities to take a course(s) for credit towards their degree program. When applying they must submit their original transcript, curriculum vitae and a letter of approval from the Chair of their department stating that their courses can be credited to their current academic program at their home university. Please note that marks are automatically transferred by McGill to their home university. 

Students interested in applying as Visiting Students must first obtain permission from the instructor and then students should obtain a Canadian Universities Graduate Transfer Agreement form from here.  Please follow the instructions indicated on the form.

Deadline to apply for the summer session as a visiting student at McGill is April 1, 2019 for permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Concerning Fees: Please refer to the Canadian Universities Graduate Transfer Agreement for details.


Important Note to International Applicants:

Individuals coming to Canada to study for less than a six-month period do not have to obtain a Study Permit (student visa). Notwithstanding this policy, you should still check with immigration authorities to ensure that you will be able to enter and remain in Canada to pursue your studies. Details are available from the Canadian Embassy or Consulate nearest you. Participants wishing to take courses for PROFESSIONAL INTEREST may come to Canada on a Visitor or Tourist Visa, since our Summer Session has a duration of less than three months. Please note: international students who are matriculated in a graduate program in their countries are not allowed to take our courses for credit unless they complete a full course load (12 credits) as a special student during the summer session. For obvious reasons, this has never been requested and thus is extremely rare; however, if someone is interested in this option, the deadline to apply for the summer session as a special student at McGill is January 15, 2019 for international students. Please contact the graduate programs coordinator at graduateprograms.fammed [at] if you have questions. 


McGill Faculty and Staff: 

If you are interested in completing some courses during the summer session, please contact the Graduate Programs gillian.bartlett [at] (Director)