The combined MD/MSc program provides benefits to the scholarship and professional development of clinician scientists. The integration of clinical and research training experiences provides opportunities to foster translational research.
In keeping with the strategic direction of the Canadian Health Research Strategic Plan and the Government of Canada’s Science and Technology Strategy, our program emphasizes:
- the need for providing increased transsectorial and multidisciplinary training.
- building research excellence.
- translating knowledge into practical applications.
- deepening the pool of highly skilled clinician scientists.
The MD/MSc program is for students currently enrolled in medicine who then pursue graduate studies at the end of their second year, or for current graduate students who are accepted into the Max Rady College of Medicine.
Expected duration: 2+ years (in addition to MD requirements)
This program is designed for undergraduate medical students who have completed the second year of medicine and undertake a pause in their MD training for two years to allow them to complete a biomedical research based MSc. Trainees who wish to begin as a summer student in the host lab following Med I (for the summer term only), then proceed to full time following Med II, are also encouraged.
We provide a guaranteed MSc student stipend of $21,000 upon admission to the program, conditional upon maintenance of good academic standing. Trainees are also eligible to obtain up to $1,000 funding towards attending a conference in their second year to present their first authored research findings.
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the MD/MSc program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
The MSc program is for students currently enrolled in medicine who then pursue graduate studies at the end of their second year or for current graduate students who then get accepted into the Max Rady College of Medicine.
Medical Students are eligible to apply any time during the first two years of the MD program.
Please note that admission into this program does not guarantee admission into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
You can apply to the MSc program through one of two avenues:
- As an admitted medical student who wishes to pursue graduate studies before your third year of medicine
- As a current graduate student who has been accepted into medical school.
Students wishing to apply should contact the Advanced Degrees in Medicine Program Director early in the process to clarify any questions and establish a timeline for the application.
Acceptance will minimally require:
- Identification of a supervisor
- Review by the Program Admissions and Advisory Committee (PAAC) and their recommendation for acceptance, and
- Acceptance by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The follow documents are required to apply to the program:
- Two letters of reference (one from the supervisor). The letters of reference should outline the suitability of the candidate to manage both graduate studies and medical school commitments and responsibilities.
- A description of the coursework timeline if coursework has not been completed (i.e. an outline of when required courses will be completed). If all coursework is completed, please indicate this in the application.
- Please indicate a research timeline for completion of the project that will encompass a completed full thesis draft ready for examination prior to the student starting clerkship in year three of Medicine.
- Web transcript (saved and sent as PDF) to indicate coursework completed, etc.
- A CV (Common CV in CIHR Format is fine, but free form is acceptable) of both trainee and primary supervisor.
- A research summary (up to two pages). This summary should clearly identify to the committee the scope of the research, how it is related to health-research, the objectives and purpose of the research, and outline a basic methodology.