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The School of Medicine, established in 1966 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 three-year program in Medicine uses a problem-based approach to learning that should apply throughout the physician's career. The components have been organized in sequential blocks with early exposure to patients and case management. The academic program operates on an 11 months-a-year basis and students qualify for the MD degree at the end of the third academic year.

May
30

Waterloo-Wellington Clinical Research & Quality Improvement (WWCRQI) Symposium

Calendar: MD Program Calendar
Campuses: Waterloo Regional Campus

Register today for McMaster WRC's fifth annual WWCRQI Symposium on May 30, 2018.

Date: May 30, 2018 Times: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Jun
07

MD ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION (HAMILTON CAMPUS)

Calendar: MD Program Calendar
Campuses: Hamilton Campus

Open sessions for those who are interested in applying to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine are held annually, in conjunction with the ope...

Date: Jun 7, 2018 Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Jun
11

Stethoscope Series: Explore your Doctor's Office... An interactive experience

Calendar: MD Program Calendar
Campuses: Waterloo Regional Campus

FREE lecture series to the public! All ages and groups are welcome.

Date: Jun 11, 2018 Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Jun
18

MD ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION (NIAGARA REGIONAL CAMPUS)

Calendar: MD Program Calendar
Campuses: Niagara Regional Campus

Open sessions for those who are interested in applying to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine are held annually, in conjunction with the ope...

Date: Jun 18, 2018 Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Jun
21

MD ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION (WATERLOO REGIONAL CAMPUS)

Calendar: MD Program Calendar
Campuses: Waterloo Regional Campus

Open sessions for those who are interested in applying to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine are held annually, in conjunction with the ope...

Date: Jun 21, 2018 Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Mar
07

McMaster's WRC Puts Older and Younger Together to Address Education Gap

Andrew Costa, Research Director at the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine, WRC, helps unveil the green bench ​along with guests, Don ​Nigh...

Feb
26

MD alumnus recognized for homeless palliative care program

Published: February 22, 2018 McMaster University alumnus Naheed Dosani has been honoured for his work in providing mobile end-of-life care fo...

Feb
07

New UGME Student Assistance Section

Today we are announcing the launch of the UGME Student Assistance section in Medportal. To increase awareness of the reporting procedures for stude...

Brand new medical residents say a fond thanks to Hamilton

by Michael Weir | Jun 10, 2016

Originally Published in the Hamilton Spectator, June 7, 2016


On May 27, 200 students from the McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine crossed the stage at Hamilton Place. At the end of that walk we were hooded, handed our MDs, and in doing so became medical doctors. For all of us this represented the culmination of a major chapter. We have spent the better part of our lives studying and sacrificing to achieve acceptance into medical school. Now we stand on the other side of that hurdle, ready to embark on our new journey as resident physicians.

We want to say that we could not have done it without you, Hamilton. You may have seen us over these past few years — we were the young, wide-eyed junior learners who eagerly measured your blood pressure in your family doctor's office. Or you might remember when we took your history and listened to your heart and lungs at your specialist's appointment. Chances are if you have had any interactions with the health-care system in recent years, you have run into one of us medical students on our clinical rotations.

For the last year and a half of medical school we have been rotating through major hospitals in Hamilton to smaller community clinics in nearby rural areas, learning the clinical knowledge and skills that are foundational to the practice of medicine. This means that we saw you, our patients, when you came to hospital to visit your doctor or seek emergency care.

Hamiltonians, we want to say thank you. Thank you for letting us into your lives at the moments when you needed help and when we needed to learn.

Thank you to the first-time parents who welcomed my presence at the birth of their child in my second month of medical school. Thank you to the 95-year old woman who invited me to sit at her bedside, and who spoke sincerely with me about how it felt to live life knowing that her time left was precious. Thank you to the family who forgave me when I told them their father would be discharged from hospital in one hour, and which turned into six. Thank you to the young mother who, at her most vulnerable and difficult moment, allowed me to be a part of the team that helped her ill child to get well.

In allowing us to be learners involved in your medical care, you have been our teachers. Next month we will enter the hospitals as junior doctors. We could not have made it here without you. You have shared with us your personal stories, your medical histories, and your deepest concerns. In turn, you have taught us what it means to provide care that is truly patient-centred. For that, we are so grateful.

On the day of our graduation, our class collectively pledged the Hippocratic Oath. We promised that as physicians we would always treat human beings rather than illnesses, and remember that our patients' health and illness extends beyond the individual and into their communities. Thank you, Hamilton, for teaching us just how truly important that is.

Dr. Natalie Raso is a graduate of the McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine Class of 2016. She was born and raised in Hamilton, and will stay in Hamilton for her residency training at McMaster in Psychiatry.

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