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Procedures for Selection and Admission

Procedures for Selection and Admission to Undergraduate Medicine

If there is any discrepancy between the information presented here and that presented at mcgill.ca/medadmissions, the latter will prevail.

Submitting an Application

Submitting an Application

All application procedures, including the submission of supporting documents, are done electronically. Consult the Office of Admissions website for details.

Deadlines

Deadlines

Applications for the M.D.,C.M. program or its joint programs, including those applying via a special admission pathway must be received by November 1. All supplemental documentation required for the application must be received by the November 1 deadline. Applications for the Med-P program must be received by March 1. All supplemental documentation required for the application must be received by the March 1 deadline. Applicants must submit and pay for their online application at least 48 hours before the relevant deadline in order to obtain a McGill ID and password, which are necessary to complete the application process.

Note: Any tests must be completed prior to the application deadline (for example, CASPer, MCAT, MCCQE-1, depending on application pathway.)

Notification of Decision

Notification of Decision

Decisions are released via Minerva and are thereafter confirmed by email. Please refer to our website for information on anticipated decision release dates by cohort.

Request for Reconsideration

Request for Reconsideration

It is important that candidates understand certain features of the application and admission decision-making process before requesting reconsideration. Admission to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is highly competitive. In light of the very strong applicant pool and the limited number of places available in the first-year class, each year a number of very good applicants are not invited for interviews, or are refused after interviews. All candidacies are carefully reviewed before any decision is made. For example, an application that makes it to the interview stage will likely be reviewed by 10–20 individuals who assess the various aspects of each candidacy, from submitted documents to performance in person. This breadth of individuals involved in the selection process helps us assure fairness and thoroughness in our evaluation process.

For these reasons, the decisions of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences' admissions committee are final and not subject to appeal. However, it is possible for applicants to request reconsideration of the application review procedures with respect to their admissions dossier at the following two specific points of the admission process:

  1. before interviews are held;
  2. before the final admission decisions are made, if they have been interviewed.

Applicants are expected to verify the admissions schedule for their category.

Grounds to Request Reconsideration:

An applicant may request a reconsideration of application review procedures leading to a decision (granting of interviews, offer of a position) on the basis of the following grounds:

  1. administrative error in the procedure applied to the evaluation of the application;
  2. the admissions committee's decision was rendered in the absence of a relevant factor that the applicant, for reasons beyond her or his control, was not in a position to provide at the time the application was submitted.

Process and Deadlines to Request Reconsideration:

Applicants not invited for interview by the date published for their category:

Submit a written request (email preferred) to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences' admissions office, which must be received no later than five working days after the date published for the “notice of invitation to interviews” in the applicant's category.

This request must advance one of the two grounds for reconsideration listed above; disagreement with the outcome of the decision is not a basis for reconsideration.

Applicants who have been granted an interview:

Submit a written request (email) to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences' admissions office. This request must be received no later than five working days after the last interview day in the applicant's respective category.

This request must advance one of the two grounds for reconsideration listed above; an applicant's disagreement with the outcome of the decision is not a basis for reconsideration.

University Subcommittee on Admissions Review:

Applicants who are denied a reconsideration of application review procedures prior to the final admissions committee decisions may refer their request to the University Subcommittee on Admissions Review. The subcommittee will ascertain whether the correct procedures have been followed. If the subcommittee is satisfied that the stated procedures have been followed, the decision will not be disturbed. Only if the subcommittee finds that the procedures were not followed will the file be returned to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for reconsideration.

Acceptance of Offers or Waiting List

Acceptance of Offers or Waiting List

Offers of a Position

Offers for M.D.,C.M. are conditional upon conferral of a Bachelor's degree (M.D.,C.M., M.D.,C.M./Ph.D. programs) or Diploma of Collegial Studies (Med-P program) and upon the successful completion by the time of registration of studies currently in progress, at a level comparable to past academic performance.

For the first series of offers, successful applicants must respond within two weeks. Should they receive an offer, candidates having been placed on the wait list may be given a shorter period of time to respond.

For students admitted to the M.D.,C.M. program, notification of acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by a deposit of CAD$500, which will be applied to the student's tuition fees. The deposit is refundable up to May 15 for international students and up to June 15 for non-Quebec Canadians and Quebec residents applying to the M.D.,C.M., M.D. or C.M./Ph.D.programs. For students admitted to the Med-P program, notification of acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by a deposit of CAD$400, which will be applied to the student's tuition. For Med-P applicants, the deposit is refundable up to July 15.

Waiting List

The admissions office does not release rankings of admitted students. Waitlist rankings will be released at a time when all necessary information has been processed and not necessarily when the offer for a waitlist position is made. The admissions office reserves the right to withdraw an admissions offer in the case where a candidate fails to respond within the prescribed timeframe. Candidates who accept a place on the waitlist, therefore, must be reachable at all times and keep their contact information up-to-date in Minerva.

Decision by Proxy

Students may designate a delegate (“proxy”) to accept or refuse an offer on their behalf, should they be unavailable for a period of time. The student must submit a written statement to this effect and must include signatures from both the applicant and the proxy.

Deferred Admission

Deferred Admission

A written request, which includes the details on the reasons for the request (with supporting documentation), must be submitted no later than July 1 of the year in which deferral is sought. In order to request deferral, the candidate must have accepted the offer of admission. If granted, admission will only be deferred for one (1) year. Deferred admission is not granted for the Med-P program. Deferrals are granted or refused at the discretion of the Assistant Dean.

Advanced Standing or Transfer of Credits

Advanced Standing or Transfer of Credits

Transfers

There are no places available for students who wish to transfer to McGill.

Students currently enrolled in medical school in Quebec are not eligible to apply to the first year of the program for a period of 7 years from the date of their original enrollment in Quebec Medical school; even if they have withdrawn from their initial medical school. All other eligiblity regulations apply; a bachelor's degree is minimally required for MDCM applications.

Students currently enrolled in medical school outside of Quebec are not eligible to apply to the first year of the program unless their application provides proof of withdrawal from that medical school and that they meet all the admission requirements to the MDCM program.

Applicants with a Medical Degree or Postgraduate Medical Studies from Canada or the United States, previously enrolled in postgraduate medical education (residency programs) in Quebec, other Canadian provinces, or in the United States, are not eligible for admission to the MDCM program. Similarly, candidates who have previously obtained an undergraduate medical degree in Quebec, another Canadian province, or in the United States are not eligible for admission to the MDCM program.

Credits and Advanced Standing

The Faculty will not credit courses successfully completed before the official start in the medicine program with the exception of International Medical Graduates (IMG) accepted in the advanced standing category. For more information, see mcgill.ca/medadmissions/programs/mdcm-img.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated May. 25, 2021) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences—2021-2022 (last updated May. 25, 2021) (disclaimer)
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