Medical Notes & Letters of Support

All medical notes or letters of support are written on a case-by-case basis and at a clinician's discretion. Clinicians do not make academic or accommodation decisions. The Student Wellness Hub cannot accommodate drop-ins or same-day appointments. Please look for same-day appointments here. 

McGill's Policy on Medical Notes

  • Medical notes will  only  be issued  on the day  of the missed exam, assignment, project, class or conference. Absolutely  no  medical notes will be written for past illness (i.e.  on a weekend, the day before, etc.). 

  • Medical professionals  do not  have the authority to exempt students  from exams, presentations, etc. The final decision will be taken by your professor, faculty and/or department. 

  • Because of the high volume of patients, please  call as early as possible  to book an appointment and ensure you’ll be seen as soon as possible.

As we cannot accommodate drop-ins, please consult  Santé Montréal  for a list of off-campus clinics. Please note you may  be charged for this service.

From Counsellor or Local Wellness Advisor

While counsellors and local wellness advisors don't make decisions regarding academic accommodations, they can provide letters of support in certain cases.

If you see a clinician before exams or deadlines, you can talk to them about receiving a letter outlining the circumstances that have contributed to any academic difficulties.

Letters are not written after the fact  if the clinician has no previous knowledge of the circumstances leading up to the difficulty. Documentation is only provided at follow-up appointments with a clinician (not an initial consultation).

From a Psychiatrist

Medical notes from a psychiatrist are written on a case-by-case basis.

From a Doctor

You can request a medical note during the appointment with a doctor. Nurses cannot give medical notes.

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