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Registration Procedures

Registration Procedures for Undergraduate Medicine

Program Registration

Program Registration

New Students

All students entering the four-year M.D.,C.M. program must initiate registration on the web via Minerva. The Minerva registration period for newly admitted Medicine students is June 7 to August 23, 2021. For all dates related to the academic year, consult Important Dates search tool.

In order for the official registration in the M.D.,C.M. program at McGill to be confirmed, you must also present yourself, with proper documentation, at the Faculty Registration and Orientation held from August 17 to August 19, 2021. Attendance is mandatory.. For more details, consult

Failure to attend orientation will result in cancellation of your offer of admission to the program and registration.

For further information, consult Minerva and the registration information emailed to incoming students in June, as well as

Registration for courses outside the program

M.D., C.M. students are permitted to register for language courses, or to courses in a joint program under certain circumstances. Consult the UGME registration policy for information:

Returning Students

All returning students must register on the web by adding the courses per term and year on Minerva. Returning students must register by the deadline specified or pay the appropriate late registration fees.

For further information, consult Minerva and the registration information emailed to returning students in early April, as well as

Leaves of Absence

Leaves of Absence

Note: This section is subject to change. For the complete Absences and Leaves Policy, students should refer to

Leaves of absence during medical studies are generally discouraged, and the few exceptions are granted only for reasons of health or family crises. Requests for leave must be discussed with the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Medical Education) or Assistant Dean (Student Affairs). The student must submit documentation to support the leave request (e.g., medical note, description of professional development plan, etc.) to the UGME Office. The M.D.,C.M. program reserves the right to impose a limitation on the number of leaves, as well as the total duration. The M.D.,C.M. program must be completed within seven (7) years (see Promotions Regulations, point #5 of section C.).

A leave for medical reasons may be granted for up to one year. Should the student request a prolongation beyond one year, the M.D.,C.M. program reserves the right to require a second opinion from a Faculty-designated physician. A student returning from a medical leave must provide documentation from the treating physician/professional counsellor attesting to the student's readiness to resume studies.

Leaves of Absence for pregnant students are governed by the general Absences and Leaves Policy but pregnant students should also consult the Accommodation of Pregnancy Policy.

Once the leave has been approved by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Medical Education) or Assistant Dean (Student Affairs), or the Student Promotions Committee (long-term leaves), the student's registration and fees must be clarified with the Student Records Officer. Students may be required to forfeit all or part of their tuition fees. All students must have an interview with the Student Aid Office to reassess impact on financial aid.

The Associate Dean will present the student's request and associated documentation to the Student Promotions Committee (SPC). The Chair of the SPC will communicate the decision of the Committee to the student in writing by email to the student's McGill email address.

When a student has been approved for a leave of four weeks or longer, and said leave affects the student's graduation date, a narrative comment will be added to the student's record (MSPR) stating the student has been granted a leave of absence. Absences that prevent a student from completing a university term will also be indicated on the university transcript. The reason for the leave will not be stated.

Requirements for the Degree of M.D.,C.M.

Requirements for the Degree of M.D.,C.M.

  1. Every candidate for the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (M.D.,C.M.) in this University must be at least twenty years of age.
  2. Candidates must have fulfilled all the requirements for entrance to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  3. No one is permitted to become a candidate for the degree who has not attended at least two full academic years at this University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  4. Every candidate for the degree must have passed all the required evaluations of the medical curriculum.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated May. 27, 2021) (disclaimer)

Requirements for License

Requirements for Medical License

Candidates accepted for admission are reminded that it is their personal responsibility to ensure that they fulfil all the licensing requirements of the country in which they intend to practise medicine. A university degree does not confer the right to practise. In each province of Canada, in each state of the United States, and in all other countries, the authority to license is vested in a licensing body which has its own special laws and requirements. In many cases, a special standard of general education is insisted upon before beginning the study of medicine. One of the requirements in several provinces is that the entrance qualifications of the student must be registered with the provincial licensing body for five years or more before a licence to practise can be obtained.

Candidates accepted for admission should therefore communicate as soon as possible with the licensing body of the country, province or state in which they intend to practise, and obtain from that licensing body the necessary instructions.

Candidates wishing to practise medicine in the province of Quebec must also meet the French language requirement for professionals, as described in the University Regulations and Resources: Language Requirements for Professions.

Full information as to the requirements for registration in the various provinces may be obtained from the Registrars of the Provincial Medical Boards as follows:

  • College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
  • 2700-10020 100 Street NW
  • Edmonton AB T5J 0N3
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 780-423-4764
  • Fax: 780-420-0651
  • Website:
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
  • 300-669 Howe Street
  • Vancouver BC V6C 0B4
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 604-733-7758
  • Toll-Free: 1-800-461-3008
  • Fax: 604-733-3503
  • Website:
  • The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba
  • 1000-1661 Portage Avenue
  • Winnipeg MB R3J 3T7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 204-774-4344
  • Toll-Free (in Manitoba): 1-877-774-4344
  • Fax: 204-774-0750
  • Email: cpsm [at]
  • Website:
  • Dr. Ed Schollenberg, Registrar
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
  • One Hampton Road, Suite 300
  • Rothesay NB E2E 5K8
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 506-849-5050
  • Toll-Free: 1-800-667-4641
  • Fax: 506-849-5069
  • Website:
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 120 Torbay Road, Suite W100
  • St. John's NL A1A 2G8
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 709-726-8546
  • Fax: 709-726-4725
  • Email: cpsnl [at]
  • Website:
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
  • Suite 5005-7071 Bayers Road
  • Halifax NS B3L 2C2
  • Canada
  • Office Address: Suite 400-175 Western Parkway
  • Bedford, NS B4B 0V1
  • Telephone: 902-422-5823 (Main)
  • Toll-Free: 1-877- 282-7767
  • Fax: 902-422-7476
  • Email: info [at]
  • Website:
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • 80 College Street
  • Toronto ON M5G 2E2
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 416-967-2600 (General Inquiries)
  • Toll-Free: 1-800-268-7096 ext. 603
  • Fax: 416-961-3330
  • Email: feedback [at]
  • Website:
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island
  • 14 Paramount Drive
  • Charlottetown PE C1E 0C7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 902-566-3861
  • Fax: 902-566-3986
  • Website:
  • Collège des médecins du Québec
  • 1250 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Office 3500
  • Montreal QC H3B 0G2
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-933-4441
  • Toll-Free: 1-888-633-3246 or 1-888-MEDECIN
  • Fax: 514-933-3112
  • Email: info [at]
  • Website:
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
  • 101 - 2174 Airport Drive
  • Saskatoon SK S7L 6M6
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 306-244-7355
  • Fax: 306-244-0090 (General)
  • Email: cpssinfo [at]
  • Website:
  • Medical Council of Canada
  • 1021 Thomas Spratt Place
  • Ottawa ON K1G 5L5
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 613-521-6012
  • Email: service [at]
  • For inquiries on Medical Council of Canada (MCC) examinations
  • Telephone: 613-520-2240
  • Fax: 613-248-5234
  • Email: service [at]
  • Website:
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination Secretariat
  • 3750 Market Street
  • Philadelphia PA 19104-3102
  • USA
  • Telephone: 215-590-9700
  • Fax: 215-590-9460
  • Email: webmail [at]
  • Website:
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated May. 25, 2021) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences—2021-2022 (last updated May. 27, 2021) (disclaimer)
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