McMaster's focus on self-directed learning encourages medical students take an active approach to their education. Furthermore, McMaster's approach to self directed learning allows students to explore their interests.
Relatively more unscheduled learning time allows students to address any identified gaps in their knowledge. Unscheduled time also allows students to explore various avenues of medicine through horizontal elective placements.
McMaster medical students are given relatively more scheduled elective time which provides them with the opportunity to gain experience in their field of interest.