M.D.,C.M. & Ph.D.


The Faculty of Medicine offers a combined clinical and academic medicine program leading to the M.D.,C.M. and Ph.D. degrees (Combined Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery with Doctor of Philosophy).

This is a 7-year program in which the basic and clinical sciences portion of the medical curriculum are completed from September of year one to December 31 of year two, prior to the beginning of full-time graduate studies. The latter are expected to last three, but no more than four years by which time all course work and research requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed and a thesis submitted. The defence of the thesis will ordinarily take place at a later date. From January of year five to May of year seven students will complete the requirements for the M.D.,C.M. degree. Throughout the seven years, students in the M.D.,C.M. & Ph.D. program meet at two-week intervals during the academic year to discuss their research, attend research seminars from clinician-scientists from within, as well as outside, the McGill scientific community, and network with other students in the program.


MD-PhD student ambassadors

Tianwei (Ellen)
Class of 2017 (MDCM & PhD)

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and basic French
Education: B.Sc. Biochemistry (McGill); Ph.D. Pharmacology and Therapeutics (McGill)
Home Town: Guang Zhou, China
Mini-Bio: I entered McGill’s MD/PhD program in 2013. Under the supervision of Dr. Sylvain Chemtob, my research employs animal models and novel imaging technology to understand Retinopathy of Prematurity, a blinding eye disease that affects preterm babies. I enjoy working with people and feel that patient care is an emotionally rewarding experience. Meanwhile, a strong sense of curiosity has inspired me to explore research. I look forward to combining clinical care and research, two interdependent elements, to better help people in the future. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, traveling and various sports. The beautiful Quebec province has provided me numerous breath-taking hiking trails.


Debra Dawson
Class of 2019 (MDCM & PhD)

Languages: French and English.
Education:  Honours Physics-Mathematics with minor in Life Sciences, University of Ottawa 2009; MSc Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University 2012; PhD Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University 2014-ongoing
Hometown: Ottawa
Mini-Bio:  I am a student in the MD-PhD program.  I have always valued research and teaching, but was also drawn to the excitement, dynamism, and humanity of medicine.  In order to get the best of each of these fields, I chose the path of a physician scientist.  I have a master’s degree in Neuroscience, and am continuing in the field for my PhD.  My work currently involves resting state fMRI data analysis, computational methods, and most recently, a comparison of the functional connectivity observed in patients with mild cognitive impairment to that observed in healthy controls.  I taught gymnastics for over ten years beginning at the age of 14, went on to be a teaching assistant at the University of Ottawa for the department of Mathematics and Statistics, and finally I was a Physics teacher at Vanier College for two years.  Aside from these professional and educational pursuits, I dance with a couple of troupes here in Montreal regularly, as it is an enriching artistic release, as well as great exercise.  Lastly, I started a club at McGill with another student that looks at the benefits of plant based nutrition, with a focus on the implications for health. 


If you would like to connect with students in the MD-PhD program, please contact admissions.med [at] mcgill.ca.