The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences offers a four-year undergraduate medical program leading to the conferral of an MDCM (Medicinæ Doctorem et Chirurgiæ Magistrum) degree. The degree designation reflects the rich history of McGill University as home to Canada's first Faculty of Medicine (see a brief history of Medicine at McGill), and the original distinction between Medicine & Surgery colleges.
The MDCM curriculum
McGill's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences proudly launched its undergraduate medical curriculum in September of 2013. The previous curriculum, developed in the 1990s, was updated based on recommendations from the McGill Faculty of Medicine strategic planning report and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada report (“The Future of Medical Education in Canada – Medical Doctor Project”). The latest MDCM curriculum was developed on the basis of extensive consultations with stakeholders, including a review of best practices in learning theory and ways of incorporating modern technologies into renovated classroom spaces.
Visit the Undergraduate Medical Education website for information on program components, longitudinal themes and a curriculum schema. Please note that the program is offered full-time only; no part-time students are accepted. For selected students, the program includes a one year integrated clerkship in Gatineau or outside the city of Montreal. Electronic media, multimedia and other information technologies are used by the Faculty for teaching purposes and to promote learning. Students should therefore expect to be audio and/or video-recorded as part of the program e.g. while learning at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning.
One program, two campuses! Un programme, deux sites!
Since 2020, McGill's MDCM program is offered on two campuses! Twenty-four students will receive an offer of admission for our beautiful new Campus Outaouais, located in Gatineau, Québec on the site of the Gatineau hospital. Both campuses promise a first-class medical education; Gatineau in a smaller, more personalized environment, and Montreal in a larger, metropolitan setting.
Following the MMI interviews, candidates will indicate their preference of campus; offers of admission will be made according to the availability of seats and the preference of candidates.
Courses are offered in English at the Montreal campus, and in French at the Outaouais campus. For both campuses, clinical placements beginning in the first year of the program are at diverse teaching sites which may be classified as either bilingual or francophone institutions. Note that all McGill university students have the right to submit written in-course work in French or English. While proof of bilingualism is not a selection criteria for admission to the MDCM program, new students' language proficiency may be assessed before the program starts so they can bring their skills up to speed to ensure they can serve all patients safely while communicating effectively with clinical teams.
Admission requirements and conditions
Students seeking to register into this program must, at minimum:
- adhere to the academic standards and essential skills outlined,
- meet the degree requirements,
- meet the basic science requirements and adhere to the MCAT policy,
- adhere to the standards of language proficiency,
- adhere to the immunization standards,
- clear the security check,
- and meet the information technology requirements.
N.B. ► Certain exceptions may apply based on the applicant's category.
To review a schedule of fees for this program, consult the table at Student Accounts Undergraduate Tuition & Fees. To learn about financial assistance, please review our Scholarships & Bursaries page.
Who can apply
This program is open to applicants in the following applicant categories:
- Québec residents with a university degree
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (who are not Québec residents) with a university degree
- International applicants with a university degree
- Indigenous applicants
- Black candidates