special programs











Special Programs

The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry realizes that collaboration and an interdisciplinary perspective can make an important difference in shaping the future of health care.  Our school values embrace a commitment to innovation, knowledge creation, and scientific excellence.  As a result of this philosophy we have developed three academic programs of study that allow individuals to pursue their career interests in more than one discipline:

The  MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD program is jointly sponsored by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the Western University. It provides a wonderful opportunity to begin a career combining research and clinical practice.

The program at Western enables participating students to combine undergraduate medicine and forefront research with one or more of the leading scientists in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry or one of the research institutes.

Three seats are set aside each year for applicants to the MD/PhD program.

For further information, please visit the MD/PhD Program website at http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/medicine/MD_PhD

MD/BESc Program

The Integrated Engineering program offered by the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry together with the Faculty of Engineering at Western University, offers a seven-year program leading to a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree and an MD degree. The program is aimed at high-achieving students and requires high admission performance standards. Combined studies in Engineering and Medicine prepare students for a career in technology-dependent medicine.

A maximum of three seats are available each year for applicants to the MD/BESc Program who are deemed competitive with the general application pool.  Please note only applicants who are pre-registered in the MD/BESc program in the Faculty of Engineering at Western University are eligible for these seats. The combined program is available in conjunction with the Biochemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Integrated Engineering programs.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD/MSc Program

The program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is designed to provide candidates with a comprehensive background for the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery as a specialty, as well as to prepare them for examinations by the Royal College of Dentists in Canada. This program is a collaboration of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University , Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Western University affiliated teaching Hospitals. The program commences on the first of July each year and is of six years duration. Candidates for this program must possess a D.D.S. or D.M.D degree from a CDAC-accredited university.

One seat will be set aside each year for applicants to the OMFS/MD/MSc program.

For further information, please visit the program website at http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/Dentistry/div_omfamdmsc.html

Health Care Improvement in Southwestern Ontario and Indigenous Communities

Schulich Medicine is not only committed to creating skilled physicians but has a particular commitment to Shaping the Future of Healthcare in the Southwestern Ontario region and for our Indigenous Peoples. 

As a component of our mandate, special consideration will be given to applicants who have indicated on their OMSAS application that they are from designated communities in Southwestern Ontario (Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Essex, and Norfolk Counties)  and/or from the Indigenous communities.

We are committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit physicians. The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry has established the Indigenous Student Affairs and Admissions Committee to increase the enrollment of Indigenous students in Medicine and to provide Indigenous applicants and students with support and counseling to facilitate their success in medical school. Schulich Medicine has designated three seats in each entering class for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. Applicants self-identified as Indigenous persons and one of Canada's First Peoples who wish to be considered for the designated seats must provide official documents of Indigenous status or proof of ancestral Indigenous origin to OMSAS. Such applicants must submit additional letters of support from Indigenous communities or organizations. Applicants will be assessed on a balanced portfolio which includes: academic achievements, MCAT scores, and long-term involvement in the Indigenous community.

Only in exceptional circumstances will applicants with a GPA of less than 3.30 or MCAT score below BS 8, PS 8, VR 8, WS O be considered for the designated seats. Applicants invited to interview will be welcomed by an interview panel consisting of an Indigenous physician, Indigenous community member, and senior medical student.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit applicants and students considering a future career in Medicine are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at admissions.medicine@schulich.uwo.ca or call 519-661-3744 for further information and counselling.