Admissions - MD Joint Programs

There are several mechanisms in place to provide medical students with opportunities to interact with graduate faculty and students and other health professionals for the purposes of achieving personal, professional and academic goals.

M.D.-Ph.D. Program 

The M.D.-Ph.D. program is available to highly motivated students with an excellent academic record who are interested in a research career in academic medicine and wish to receive both of these degrees from the Faculty of Medicine.

The purpose of the M.D.-Ph.D. program is to provide medical education, including clinical skills, and training in health research.  The integrated program is designed to increase the efficiency of obtaining both degrees, and the student is required to fulfill the complete requirements of both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

To be admitted into the M.D.-Ph.D. program, students must meet the admission requirements of both the M.D. and Ph.D. programs.

Degree Requirements   

  1. Students are jointly enrolled in the M.D. program and the Ph.D. program that will be overseen by the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education and the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies. 
  2. Normally, students successfully complete the pre-clerkship phase of the M.D. program and then enter the M.D.-Ph.D. program full-time.
  3. Normally, students will complete the requirements for the Ph.D. degree before resuming full-time M.D. studies.
  4. The program of study for the Ph.D. follows the General Regulations governing the Ph.D. degree and the requirements of the discipline specific program.
  5. The program of study for the M.D. follows the General Regulations governing the M.D. degree.
  6. During the Ph.D. training students are expected to maintain clinical skills by arrangement with the Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education and Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies.  Before resuming full-time studies in the clerkship phase of the M.D. program, students will be required to demonstrate competency in clinical skills.
  7. During the M.D.-Ph.D. program (including the clerkship phase) students are expected to participate in Faculty of Medicine seminars and journal clubs in their area of research specialization.

Concurrent enrolment in M.D. and diploma, M.Sc./Ph.D. Programs

Concurrent enrolment allows students to complete their medical degree while working on a graduate diploma, M.Sc. or Ph.D. A mechanism is in place to facilitate concurrent enrolment of students in undergraduate medical education (M.D.) and in diploma, M.Sc. or Ph.D. programs. 

Students enrolled in a graduate program who have been offered admission to medical school or medical students who have been offered admission to a graduate program must complete a concurrent enrolment checklist to ensure their compliance with current School of Graduate Studies regulations governing concurrent enrolment. 

Because School of Graduate Studies regulations prohibit students from holding full-time status in two programs at the same time, current or prospective medical students have the option of changing their status from full time to part time in the graduate program or requesting a leave of absence from their graduate program. Current and prospective students must submit a written request for permission for concurrent enrolment from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. 

Other Research and Learning Opportunities

Medical students have access to graduate faculty, students and other health professionals during regularly scheduled research and learning events: 

  1. Research seminars hosted by graduate programs are open to medical students and scheduled later in the day to facilitate medical student attendance.
  2. Medical students are invited to attend professional development activities (e.g. workshops, seminars) leading to CME hours are hosted regularly by PDCS. 
  3. Medical students completing the third year of their program may request a research elective (minimum 2-week) to study with a graduate faculty member. 
  4. Interprofessional education components connect medical students with other health and social services professionals (nursing, pharmacy, social work) in case-based programs of study. 
  5. Medical students participate in a rural visit module organized by graduate faculty in community health and complete a research paper on a rural-related project. 

Funded Research Opportunities

Several awards competitions fund medical students who choose to engage in research: 

  1. Medical students may apply for a 4 or 6-week funded Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) to study with graduate faculty on a research topic of shared interest. 
  2. Medical students may apply for a Mach-Gaensslen Foundation Award to conduct medical research in one of three areas of medicine (i.e. Cardiology, Oncology and Psychiatry). The award valued at $5000 funds a six-week study term during the summer semester. 
  3. Medical students may apply for a CIHR Health Professional Student Award valued at $4,251 for a 13-week term.   
  4. Medical students may apply for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Award valued at $5,000 for a 10-week term.