The graduate programs in Medical Sciences have been developed to provide graduates of medical schools, both in Canada and internationally, with an opportunity to enhance their clinical and research skills before applying to a postgraduate residency program. Students will be able to build on the foundations of their medical degree in a variety of ways. They will further develop their clinical skills in the context of the Canadian healthcare system and explore current issues in medical sciences. They’ll interpret foundational research and its relationship to clinical practice, conduct research responsibly using appropriate guidelines and procedures, and apply ethical behaviours consistent with academic integrity and professional standards.
The Graduate Diploma and Professional Master of Medical Sciences are expected to prove beneficial when graduates submit their applications for postgraduate residency positions. The residency admission process, coordinated through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), is highly selective and applicants will be well-positioned to demonstrate the new clinical and research skills they have developed through these programs.
|Program||Duration||Program Timeline||Course Requirements|
|Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences
This is a course-based program and upon completion, students may elect to apply for the Professional Masters of Medical Sciences or they may ladder into other MSc programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
|Six months||July - December
January - June
|Professional Masters of Medical Sciences
This program requires the completion of coursework in addition to a project. Upon completion, students who wish to pursue further training in research may opt to apply for one of the thesis-based Masters or PhD programs offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
|Twelve months||July - June
January - December
NOTE: Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences or the Professional Master of Medical Sciences does not guarantee entry into a postgraduate medical education residency program, Master's program, or PhD program.