The vision and mission that inspired the design of the current curriculum are founded on the strengths of the previous one and on the recommendations described in the document “Toward a New Curriculum: Outline of a Strategic Plan for a Revised McGill Medical Undergraduate Curriculum.”
To be recognized as Canada’s foremost medical undergraduate program, preparing future generations of graduates to take their place as leading medical practitioners, educators and researchers.
The purpose of this curriculum is to prepare students for careers as key members of the medical community, whether in clinical practice, in medical education, in research or as leaders of the health care system. To this end, the curriculum is based on a set of premises and orienting statements:
- The foundational sciences (biological, physical, social and behavioural) and scientific methodology are the pillars of medical knowledge. The application of scientific approaches to clinical evidence and to interpretation of the literature is a fundamental skill of physicians, whether they work primarily in clinical practice or the creation of new knowledge.
- The two roles of a physician, those of a professional and of a healer are complementary to each other and are served simultaneously. The healer role, which is at the core of the medical mandate, is focused on the patient’s well-being.
- Professional responsibilities extend beyond the patient-physician relationship to include public health, global health and social accountability. Moreover, while not incumbent on every graduate, the responsibilities to educate the next generation of physicians, to contribute to the creation of new knowledge and to improve of the health care system are also intrinsic to the medical profession.