Letters of reference / Medical School Performance Report MSPR

Document code = REFn

Applicants to the MDCM & PhD program

Applicants to the combined MDCM & PhD program are required have TWO (2) letters of reference submitted from individuals who have acted as mentors/supervisors for the applicant’s research activities.  The reference letters should address the applicant's:

  • research ability and potential
  • self reliance and independence
  • motivation
  • ability to plan and conduct research
  • ability to work as a member of a team
  • originality and creativity

These letters must be on official letterhead, contain the full name and McGill identification number of the applicant, and must be submitted directly from the referee in a sealed envelope to:


Letters may be submitted electronically as a single PDF/A-compliant file. Letters must be sent directly from the referee's institutional and verifiable e-mail account to supportingdocs.med [at] mcgill.ca with the subject heading of MDCM&PHD LETTER OF REFERENCE for <name of applicant>.  

Interfolio™ references are also acceptable.

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to not accept any correspondence it feels does not come from a trusted source.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their referee is well-informed of the procedures and deadlines for submitting their letter of reference.


Applicants to the International Medical Graduate program (2-year or 4-year)

The Medical School Performance Report (MSPR), also known as a "Dean’s letter" is a letter of standing from the dean or principal of your medical school.  This is only required for IMG program applicants. 

Typically, this document:

  • Reports on activities during medical school; and/or
  • Comments on performance in clinical rotations; and/or
  • Gives a recommendation for further medical training; and/or
  • Reports on time spent in each specialty or department (hours or weeks).


Applicants to all other programs

Letters of reference for applicants to any other program will not be considered or retained on file.


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