Announcement: MD+ expands

Two months since its launch, the School’s new MD+ track has expanded program offerings available for Schulich Medicine students.

Students with interests in business, public administration, science management and music performance now have several new degree and diploma opportunities to explore.  

MD+ is a brand new educational initiative within the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program that offers interested MD students the opportunity to complete a graduate degree or diploma while earning their MD degree.

Shaily Brahmbhatt on campus“The business world has taught us that some of the greatest innovation, the brightest ideas and the most prolific out-of-the-box thinking comes from leaders who draw on concepts from outside their specific area of expertise or who pursue more than one area of study,” said. Dr. John Yoo, Dean. “With that in mind, we wanted to find ways to re-think medical education; to give medical students the space and support to dive deeper into their personal interests or discover new passions outside of medicine while completing their medical degrees.”

In planning and developing MD+, the School has identified opportunities within its own educational offerings and partnered with faculties across Western. New opportunities include a Master of Business or Master of Science Management through the Ivey Business School and a Master or Graduate Diploma in Public Administration through Western’s Faculty of Social Science. 

Music is a constant theme in physician success and medical students now also have the opportunity to develop their interests in music with two different Diplomas in Music Performance options through the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

While the School continues explore additional opportunities to further expand MD+, it’s pleased to announce that Shaily Brahmbhatt, Medicine Class of 2023, is the School’s first student to take advantage of the unique opportunity that MD+ offers. Beginning in fall 2021, Brahmbhatt will begin her Master of Public Health, taking a one-year leave of absence from her medical school studies.

Individuals interested in learning more about MD+ can read about all the offerings online.