The Faculty of Medicine offers a special program for immediate graduates of the Quebec Collegial (CEGEP) system, which consists of one year of coursework in the Faculty of Science followed by the standard four-year M.D.,C.M. program. During the Med-P year, students are registered in the Faculty of Science. All campus-wide services including student advising, tutorship, financial aid, and academic support are available to Med-P students.
The Med-P curriculum consists of courses in molecular biology, cell biology and metabolism, organic chemistry (where applicable), along with a selection of courses in fields such as computer science, intermediate chemistry, physiology, and mathematics. Students are required to take courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences, along with electives of their choosing for the purpose of broadening and enriching their education.
In order to successfully complete the Med-P year and to be admitted to the M.D.,C.M. program, students must obtain a minimum of a “B” grade in each of the compulsory courses and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5. Students who do not meet the above criteria are subject to review and may be: (a) admitted with or without conditions; (b) required to pursue a second preparatory year, or (c) invited to re-apply for admission upon completion of an undergraduate (Bachelor's degree).
There are many more applicants for the Med-P program than can be accepted. Unsuccessful applicants are generally well-qualified for admission into other undergraduate degree programs (e.g., B.A., B.Sc., etc.). In their own interest, all applicants are encouraged to apply to an alternate program. This can be done by making a second program selection when submitting an online application via Minerva.
The program is offered by the Faculty of Science in English on McGill’s Montreal campus, and Gatineau, Quebec in French in partnership with Université du Québec en Outaouais. Students completing the Med-P year in Gatineau continue to the MDCM program in French at Campus Outaouais.