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MSc in Surgery Overview

The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that we will be offering a Master of Science in Surgery starting in September 2013.  This MSc is tailored to the unique needs of surgical trainees; providing an intensive research experience and a solid foundation for success as an academic surgeon.

The MSc in Surgery is intended to fully prepare these individuals specifically seeking future positions in Academic Health Science Centres for the demands of a research career in relation to the CanMeds roles of Medical Expert and Scholar.   Demonstration of core competencies will be required through coursework, basic/clinical/applied research, thesis preparation and defense. 

Please note: The MSc in Surgery is not a clinical program.

Eligibility

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree with a minimum average of 78% over the last two years of an honours degree; an MD or equivalent; and have completed at least two years in a surgical residency program. 

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree with a minimum average of 78% over the last two years of an honours degree; an MD or equivalent; and have completed at least two years in a surgical residency program.  In addition to submitting the online application form and arranging for three letters of reference and for transcripts of the academic record as required by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, candidates must provide a research proposal for their surgical subspecialty area and have identified a supervisor for their research.  Candidates who are residents must be recommended by the Division Chair/Chief, the Program Director as well as the potential supervisor.  Candidates who are fellows must be recommended by the Division Chair/Chief, the potential supervisor and one external academic reference.

Language Skills

Students for whom English is a second language are required to provide proof of English proficiency. All such candidates will be interviewed by faculty members, by video conference when necessary, during which sufficient English language skills must be demonstrated.

Program Requirements

Students in the MSc in Surgery will be required to complete two 1.0 credit courses, one elective*, and successfully complete and defend a thesis. Students must continue to meet objectives for thesis progression set by their supervisor and advisory committee in order to maintain enrolment in the program.  The required courses will run during the fall-winter term (September to April) and include:

Principles of Advanced Surgical Research

Advanced Surgical Research Colloquium

*The elective will be determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and the Graduate Program Committee and may be waived in certain circumstances.

Progression Requirements

Normal completion of the MSc in Surgery will be in 12 months (3 terms) while enrolled full-time.  However each student’s progress will be closely monitored by his/her advisory committee and the final duration of the MSc program for each student will be at the discretion of the advisory committee and the graduate program committee pending suitable progress in the program.

Part-time enrolment in the program is permitted to a maximum of four years or completion of an individual's surgical subspecialty training program with the permission of the student’s supervisor and the Graduate Program Committee.

Tuition

Read more about current tuition fees here.

Financial Support

Residents applying to the MSc program are encouraged to seek funding from established scholarship and award programs, such as the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) and Resident Research Career Development Program (RRCD) at Schulich, Royal College grants and awards, etc.  Residents and Fellows are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships which may require applications in advance of admission to the graduate program.   Students may be eligible for a tuition scholarship while enrolled full-time in the program.  Please also consult the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for funding opportunities.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students applying to the MSc in Surgery program are encouraged to apply for the scholarships noted below:
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
(For information on deadlines to submit an application, please click
here)

Applying to the Program

We are now accepting applications.  Applications will be considered at any time of year; however to ensure consideration for Summer term admission (May 1st start), applications must be received by January 15th; or to ensure consideration for Fall term admission (September 1st start), applications must be received by April 15th.  Applications submitted after these deadlines cannot be guaranteed consideration for the preferred admit term. In order to apply you will need to complete the Research Template for Applicants and attach it to the Application Form.

 

Contacts:

Graduate Program Chair:  Dr. Thomas Forbes

Associate Graduate Program Chair:  Dr. Abdel-Rahman Lawendy

Administrative Officer, Department of Surgery:  Dinah Frank

Research and Graduate Program Coordinator:  Janice Sutherland


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