School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences and the Professional Master of Medical Sciences

Overview

The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS), Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME), and Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), in the Faculty of Health Sciences, have developed a partnership to deliver two new and unique programs: the Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences (GDip) and the Professional Master of Medical Sciences (PMMSC). The programs are designed to enhance students’ clinical and research skills to align with the requirements of the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) process and to promote research and scholarship activities in future physicians. The programs will provide bridging opportunities for Canadian Medical Graduates (CMG) who have yet to secure a residency position, and International Medical Graduates (IMG) who seek experience in Canadian contexts, which is especially important given the growing number of Canadian students Studying medicine Abroad.  (CSAs).

Admission and Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to both the Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences and the Professional Master of Medical Sciences, admission requirements will include the following:

  • An MD or equivalent from a medical school on the International Medical Education Directory (IMED);
  • Graduation with a B- graduating average or higher (70% graduating average or a ranking in the top third of the graduating class where number grades are not available);
  • A Personal Statement will be required in order to ensure alignment of the applicant’s background and career aspirations with the objectives of the program;
  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • Two references from individuals familiar with the candidates academic performance;
  • Medical Student Performance Record or Dean’s Letter;
  • In cases where English is not the first language, nor was the language of instruction in medical school, applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTSscores
  • National Assessment Collaboration examination score report (exempt for applicants who hold an MD from a Canadian university).

After review of the complete application, competitive candidates will be invited for an interview.

For those who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma and wish to apply for the Professional Master of Medical Sciences, applicants must obtain at least a B- in all courses in their Graduate Diploma program and apply for the Professional Master within five years after completing the Graduate Diploma.

Programs Structures and Requirements

Students may start the Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences in either January or July, and complete the program within 6 months. Students in the Graduate Diploma program may elect to apply for the Professional Master of Medical Sciences. The Professional Master’s program requires Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences graduates to take MSCI-802 and MSCI-898, which require another 6 months to complete.

Applicants can also apply for direct entry into the Professional Master of Medical Sciences beginning in either January or July.

The Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences may be used to ladder into other MSc programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences. For students who complete the Professional Master of Medical Sciences and wish to pursue further training in research, they may opt to apply for one of the PhD programs offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences consists of one core course and one elective course each accounting for 3.0 credit units, and one 6.0 credit unit Integrated Graduate Clerkship (I) course. The two graduate courses include a required Research Methodology course and an elective course chosen from the approved list of graduate courses, and can be based on the individual student’s interest or background.  

In addition to the three courses required for the Graduate Diploma, the Professional Master of Medical Sciences also requires two 6.0 credit unit courses: a second Integrated Graduate Clerkship (II) course and Research Project in Medical Sciences. Students are expected to complete the Professional Master with an additional six months if they ladder from the Graduate Diploma, for a total of one year.

Students’ progress will be reviewed and monitored by the curriculum committee. Performance in graduate clerkship and in research projects will be overseen by clinical academic advisors and faculty advisors, respectively.

Core Courses

  • MSCI-800* Research Methodology (3.0 credit units)
  • MSCI-801 Integrated Graduate Clerkship I (6.0 credit units)
  • MSCI-802 Integrated Graduate Clerkship II (6.0 credit units) (Professional Master of Medical Sciences only
  • MSCI-898 Research Project in Medical Sciences (6.0 credit units) (Professional Master of Medical Sciences only)

Elective Courses

All courses lists are 3.0 credit units. Not all courses are offered every year.

  • BMED-812* Advanced Neuroanatomy
  • BMED-853* Cellular and Molecular Cardiovascular Disease
  • NSCI-829* Disorders of the Nervous System
  • NSCI-844* Controversies in Neuroscience
  • EPID-801* Introduction to Epidemiology
  • EPID-812* Program Evaluation
  • PATH-822* Experimental Cancer Therapeutics
  • PATH-823* Cancer Biology

Other graduate-level courses could be approved as elective courses by the curriculum committee.