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McGill University Faculty of Medicine

McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Established 1829
Type Public
Students 688 MD, 35 MD-PhD, 10 MD-MBA
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Campus Urban
Dean David H. Eidelman
Website [1]
The Faculty of Medicine Academic Affairs Office

The Faculty of Medicine is one of the constituent faculties of McGill University. It was established in 1823 as the Montreal Medical Institution, and became the first active faculty of McGill College in 1829; it was the first medical faculty to be established in Canada.[1] The Faculty awarded McGill's first degree, and Canada's first medical degree to William Leslie Logie in 1833.[2]

The faculty includes three schools, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Nursing, and the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. It also includes several research centres involved in studies on, for example, pain, neuroscience, and aging. Most of the non-clinical parts of the faculty are housed in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building ("The Beer Can"), situated on McGill's downtown campus on the south side of Mount Royal between Avenue des Pins and Avenue Docteur-Penfield.[3]

The McGill University Health Centre is affiliated with the faculty, and is composed of five teaching hospitals — the Royal Victoria Hospital which incorporates the Montreal Chest Institute, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal Neurological Hospital. Three other major health care facilities are also affiliated with the faculty: Jewish General Hospital, Douglas Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. In April 2006, the Quebec government approved plans to commence the first phase of construction of the new, redeveloped McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).[4]


Students of the Faculty of Medicine

McGill University Faculty of Medicine is the only medical school in Canada to award the four-year medical M.D., C.M. degree (MDCM). MDCM is an abbreviation of the Latin Medicinae Doctor et Chirurgiae Magister, which means "doctor of medicine and master of surgery." The Faculty of Medicine also offers joint degree programs with other disciplines including business M.D.-M.B.A. and science/engineering M.D.-Ph.D.. There is also an accelerated program for selected graduates of the Quebec junior college (CEGEP) system (PRE-MED-ADM or MED-P) that combines one year of science curriculum with the four-year M.D., C.M. degrees.

Admissions to McGill Medicine is very competitive. For medical school students entering in 2010, the mean undergraduate GPA is 3.80, and the mean MCAT score is 32.1 (85th-88th percentile).[5][6]


McGill's medical building 1872-1906

The Montreal Medical Institution, was established in 1823 by four physicians, Andrew Fernando Holmes, John Stephenson, William Caldwell and William Robertson, all of whom had been trained at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and were involved in the foundation of the Montreal General Hospital.[7] In 1829 it was incorporated into McGill College as the new College's first faculty; it thus became the first Faculty of Medicine in Canada. A highly didactic approach to medical education called the "Edinburgh curriculum", which consisted of two six-month courses of basic science lectures and two years of "walking the wards" at The Montreal General Hospital, was instituted.

Sir Sir William Osler helped to transform the Victorian era medical school into a leader in modern medical education. Osler graduated from the MDCM program at McGill University Faculty of Medicine in 1872, and co-founded the present-day Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1893.

Departments and Centres

Basic Sciences

  • Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Experimental Medicine
  • Occupational Health
  • Human Genetics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Physiology
  • Social Studies of Medicine


  • Anesthesia
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Occupational Health
  • Family Medicine
  • Human Genetics
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • McGill Reproductive Centre
  • Gynecological Oncology Unit
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry


  • Bone and Periodontal Research
  • Aging
  • A.I.D.S.
  • Anesthesia Research Unit
  • Artificial Cells & Organs Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Ethics Unit
  • Cancer
  • Host Resistance
  • Language, Mind and Brain
  • Medical Education
  • Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology and Medicine
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Pain
  • Research in Neuroscience
  • Translational Research in Cancer

Notable Faculty and Alumni

See also

External links

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

Affiliated teaching hospitals

  • McGill University Health Centre
    • Montreal General Hospital
    • Royal Victoria Hospital
    • Montreal Children's Hospital
    • Montreal Neurological Hospital
  • Jewish General Hospital
  • Douglas Hospital
  • St. Mary's Hospital Centre


  1. ^ "Health", "McGill University". Accessed May 24, 2008
  2. ^ Crawford, DS. Montreal, medicine and William Leslie Logie: McGill's first graduate and Canada's first medical graduate. 175th. anniversary. [Osler Library Newsletter, No. 109, 2]
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  4. ^ "The MUHC redevelopment project", "McGill University Health Centre", 2008. Accessed May 17, 2008.
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  7. ^ "John Stephenson's Secret". McGill. McGill University. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  • Joseph Hanaway and Richard Cruess. "McGill Medicine, Volume 1, 1829-1885. The First Half Century".
  • Joseph Hanaway, Richard Cruess, and James Darragh. "McGill Medicine, Volume II, 1885-1936".

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