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Program Structure

Schulich Medicine students in an anatomy lab examining x-ray images

There are currently two working models for the program:

Model 1

    3 years of research
    4 years of undergraduate medical training

Model 2

    2 years of undergraduate medical training
    3 years of research
    Last 2 years of undergraduate medical training

Model 1

is primarily for students with limited research training/experience. (usually students who enter with a Honours degree). The students spend the first two to three years in the graduate program completing the graduate program requirements including course work, comprehensive examination as well as carryout most of their independent, original research. There are also opportunities to participate in electives available to first and second year medical students and attend medical rounds (by permission) in the clinical departments.

Model 2

is primarily for students with research training/experience (usually students who enter with a Masters degree). Students take the first two years of the medical curriculum with graduate research being carried out over the summer months. This would be followed by a break from the medical curriculum (two to three years) to complete the graduate degree requirements prior to the start of Years 3 and 4 of the medical curriculum. The same options described above would be available for those who are unable to complete the graduate degree requirements in the desired time frame. These curriculum paths should apply to the majority of the students admitted to the program, however, variations in these routes may be made in order to accommodate individual requirements.