Health Sciences
2012-2013 University Calendar

7 Faculty of Medicine : 7.3 Programs of Study, Admission and Curriculum : 7.3.1 Undergraduate Medical Programs : Joint Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery with Master of Business Administration (M.D.,C.M./M.B.A.)
Joint Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery with Master of Business Administration (M.D.,C.M./M.B.A.)
Uniquely positioned to meet the evolving needs of tomorrow's health care professional, McGill's joint program in Medicine/Management is a five-year program that prepares graduating physicians for leadership positions in the health care sector. The first year of the McGill M.D.,C.M./M.B.A. program is spent in the Desautels Faculty of Management. This unique sequence of study allows students to understand the infrastructure within which health care is delivered to patients before beginning their medical studies. This innovative approach enhances students' sensitivity to important health care management issues, and provides them with the critical insight and managerial tools they will need to question, challenge and improve existing management conventions.
The M.D.,C.M./M.B.A. is designed to provide students with a multi-disciplinary educational experience, linking the integrated curriculum, teamwork and group learning, as well as experience. The Management portion of the curriculum is a challenging, world-class academic program that builds on McGill's traditional strengths in functional areas; in this context, students gain a strong grounding in the basic business disciplines while developing an understanding of the broader organizational context.
Balancing quantitative and qualitative studies, students also develop the intangible business skills required in today's dynamic workplace – the abilities to apply knowledge to the greatest benefit of the organization, to make effective decisions, to both work in teams and lead others, and to adapt to non-structured situations. Employing a unique blend of case studies, exercises, discussions, group work, participatory role-playing and lectures, the M.B.A.'s balanced teaching approach ensures that course material is presented in the most effective way.
Students join the regular Medicine class in their second year at McGill, beginning a four-year program in medical studies. Advanced Management courses focusing on health care issues are integrated into the electives schedule of the medical curriculum, rounding out the Management portion of the program.
The language of instruction is English. The student is expected to have a working knowledge of the English language (comprehension, spoken, and written). The student is expected to be functional in the French language by the time the clinical rotations commence (January of the second year of the program). Students will interact with francophone patients in the teaching hospitals and may also be assigned to francophone training sites for their clinical rotations.
Upon graduation, students receive an M.B.A. degree from the Desautels Faculty of Management, and an M.D.,C.M. degree from the Faculty of Medicine.
The Faculty does not accept students for part-time medical studies.
More information is available in section 7.4.1 “Curriculum Outline”.

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