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The School of Medicine, established in 1965 and renamed the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 2004, offers major programs in undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate medical education.
The Undergraduate Medical Program for the MD degree was initiated in 1969, graduating its first students in May 1972. At present, 203 students are admitted to the program each year.
The intention of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is to prepare students to become physicians who have the capacity and flexibility to select any area in the broad field of medicine. The applicant is selected with this goal in mind. Faculty, medical students and members of the community are normally involved in the review of applications.
Get an inside look at what life is like for undergraduate medical students at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
Award winning instructors help students make a lasting impact in Hamilton, Niagara, Waterloo, and at our clinical education campuses.
McMaster University has earned a reputation for attracting faculty and staff of the highest calibre and ensuring their employment here is as beneficial to individuals as to the University.
McMaster's health sciences research spans the spectrum from curiosity-driven basic science in the laboratory to clinical research at the bedside and in the community, to studies analyzing the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of particular therapies and the efficiency of health care delivery. Health sciences research saves lives and has a dramatic impact on the quality of life of Canadians. In its continual quest for excellence in research, McMaster has made some remarkable achievements.
To achieve the objectives of the Undergraduate Medical Program, students are introduced to patients within the first foundation of the curriculum. In this way, students understand the relevance of what they are learning, maintain a high degree of motivation and begin to understand the importance of responsible professional attitudes. The students are presented with a series of tutorial problems, requiring for their solution the understanding of underlying biological, population and behavioural principles, the appropriate collection of data and the critical appraisal of evidence. The faculty function as learning resources or guides. Learning by a process of inquiry is stressed.
In 1969, the medical school at McMaster University introduced a unique, hands-on approach to learning medicine called Problem-based Learning.
MD Students are introduced to patients within the first foundation of the curriculum.
McMaster's focus on self-directed learning encourages medical students take an active approach to their education.
Student assessment in the UGME program documents the student’s emerging identity as a medical professional.