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Like most medical schools in Canada, the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Programs of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine operate consistent with the governance principles and policies of our parent institution, McMaster University. The University Senate is ultimately responsible for oversight of the UGME programs. More information about the Senate, including governance and policies can be found here.

The UGME Program is an educational program offered within the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The administrative and governance structures within the Faculty and School of Medicine are provided below.

Governance of the ​UGME Program is overseen by the UGME Executive Committee which is responsible for direction-setting and policy development for the program. The executive committee includes representation from the following stakeholder groups and portfolio leads (labels borrowed from CACMS[1] accreditation standards and elements): the chief academic officer and chief administrator; the executive leads of each Regional Campus (see Governance of Distributed Medical Education below); admissions; pre-clinical, clerkship, professional competencies, clinical skills and electives curricular components; program evaluation and student assessment; diversity and engagement; and student executive leads (class presidents). 

Each of the portfolios listed are led by a Chair who is a faculty leader. Decision-making and activities of each portfolio are coordinated by a committee which may have additional sub-committees where decision-making and work are further delegated. The administrative structure for the delivery of all aspects of the ​UGME Program is illustrated in the organization(al) chart below.


McMaster’s ​UGME Program is delivered across three medical education campuses, three additional clinical education campuses and many more affiliated clinical sites. Our three main campuses are the Hamilton Campus (HC) and our two regional campuses, the Waterloo Regional Campus (WRC) and the Niagara Regional Campus (NRC). For additional information about our multi-campus network and additional clinical affiliations, please refer to Mac-CARE or the Regional Campus micro-sites.

Strategic planning, decision-making and distribution of work across this complex network is accomplished in three ways:

  • Pan-DME committees
  • Multi-site representation on portfolio-based committees
  • Analogous committee structures at different sites
Pan-DME Committees
  • DME Advisory Committee (DMEAC) sets strategic direction, establishes SOM-wide priorities and policies
  • DME Operations Group is responsible for operationalizing outputs of DMEAC and provides venue for addressing pan-DME issues
Multi-site representation & Analogous committee structures


School of Medicine Committees

  • Council of the School of Medicine

  • Distributed Medical Education (DME) Advisory Committee

  • DME Operations Group


​Undergraduate Medical Education Committees

Curriculum planning, delivery and evaluation are complex, particularly in maintaining appropriate curricular integration and across multiple campuses and other educational sites. A curriculum committee provides central oversight of the curriculum. As with other governance structures included above, the curriculum committee includes multiple stakeholder and portfolio representation. Curricular sub-committees report to the curriculum committee. 

Curriculum Committee Terms of Reference

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