McGill University

Last updated February 8, 2016


  1. Admission to McGill University residency training programs via CaRMS is limited to graduates of accredited medical schools in Canada and the United States of America. Government regulations in Quebec do not allow us to consider out-of-province ‘’Visa Students’’ for admission to our programs. We are also unable to consider trainees who have already completed any type of postgraduate training.
  2. We are able to consider International Medical Graduates who have completed the Collège des médecine du Québec (CMQ) equivalence process, following which the Bureau de cooperation inter-universitaire (BCI) determines eligibility to the contingent régulier via CaRMS. Please consult the CMQ directly for information (see below).
  3. The CMQ verifies the equivalence of medical degrees issued by American medical schools in order to issue the resident training card, which is required in order to be able to train in Quebec hospitals and be paid by the Ministry of Health. Please consult them directly for information (see below).
  4. You must submit the following to allow us to determine your eligibility: PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP must be submitted with each application. In the case of Canadian Citizens: a copy of Canadian birth certificate OR Canadian citizenship card (both sides) OR Commemorative Certificate of Canadian Citizenship OR Certificate of Indian status card (both sides) OR valid Makivik society card (both sides). In the case of Canadian Permanent Residents: a copy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card and of the IMM 5292 or IMM 1000 record. In the case of Quebec medical students currently on a study permit in Quebec: A copy of the first pages of your valid passport as well as a copy of your birth certificate and of your study permit.
  5. For information on how to apply to postgraduate training positions in the province of Quebec, graduates of foreign medical schools, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents living in Quebec, should write to:

The Collège des médecins du Québec
2170 boul. René-Lévesque Blvd. ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3H 2T8

For more information on all McGill Programs:

Applicants can only be considered for a full residency: 2 years for Family Medicine, 5 years for all other specialties except for Pediatrics which is 4 years in length, and Neurosurgery and Cardiac Surgery, which are 6 years in length.


The Faculty of Medicine of McGill University lies in the heart of Montreal. The Faculty offices, the Medical Library, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine and a number of departments at the Faculty are located in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. There are several principal teaching hospitals. There are many other hospitals, community centres and doctors’ offices affiliated with McGill which participate in teaching students and residents, including community-based hospitals in various regions of Quebec. In addition, there are Centres and Units specializing in Human Genetics, Host-resistance, Artificial Cells and Organs, Cancer Research, Nutrition and Food Science, Aerospace Medical Research, AIDS Research, Medical Physics, Age and Aging, Simulation Centre, Medical Education and in Medicine, Ethics and Law.

The Faculty of Medicine of McGill, together with its teaching hospitals and other health facilities will provide the necessary physical and human resources to create a scholarly environment, appropriate for the training of medical graduates so that they can acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become accomplished physicians and surgeons with the highest moral and ethical standards.


Entry into PGY-1 programs through CaRMS guarantees trainee funding until completion of residency (provided that performance is satisfactory at each level):


The hospital network at McGill University continues to evolve as health care reforms are made. This evolution involves reducing the number of in-hospital beds and increasing activities in the ambulatory care setting, both for clinic visits and surgical procedures.

The McGill University Health Centre

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is one of the world’s foremost academic health centres. It is comprised of the Glen site (which houses the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, and the Montreal Children’s Hospital), the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, and the Lachine Hospital. Collectively, the MUHC receives an annual average of 39,000 admissions, 178,000 emergency department visits, 688,000 ambulatory visits, and 32,500 surgeries.

Building on the tradition of medical leadership of its founding hospitals, the MUHC provides exceptional multidisciplinary patient-centric care. Affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, the MUHC continues to shape the course of adult and pediatric medicine by attracting clinical and research expertise from around the world, assessing the latest in medical technology, and training the next generation of medical professionals.

The Glen site opened in spring of 2015 and is now home to the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Cedars Cancer Centre and the main facility of the Research Institute of the MUHC. Hailed as the largest patient transfer in Canadian history, this health care complex houses 500 single-patient beds, 20 operating rooms, two emergency departments and expects to receive a combined total of 300,000 ambulatory visits per year.

Within the Glen site resides the Royal Victoria Hospital (founded in 1893) with a bed complement of 346. It provides tertiary and quaternary adult medical care, an adult emergency department, a birthing centre (3000 births per year), a 35-bed ICU, as well as a wide range of highly specialized clinical services in a brand-new facility. It also offers teaching programs for medical residents, medical students as well as students of the other health professions. The Montreal Chest Institute and Cedars Cancer Centre also make up part of the adult services offered at the Glen site, the former offering acute respiratory care services and the latter one of the leading oncology treatment centres in Canada.

The Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MCH-MUHC) is a tertiary-care hospital with 154 beds, 64 of which are intensive care, both neonatal and pediatric. The hospital also runs a busy Emergency department, offers ambulatory subspecialty services, and is a center for specialized multidisciplinary medical and surgical programs, including, among others, neonatal cardiac heart surgery, tertiary-level trauma program, bone marrow and renal transplant programs, and a cleft palate/craniomaxillofacial surgery program. Teaching is provided for medical students as well as residents and fellows. The hospital also provides clinical training for allied health professionals and technical students at the college and university level. The Research Institute of the MUHC sponsors research and postgraduate education in a broad array of disciplines related to child health and research in children’s diseases.

Montreal General Hospital has a bed complement of 267. In addition, there is an outreach program with hospitals in Northern Quebec. It is the only designated Level-1 Trauma centre servicing downtown Montreal, and specializes in orthopedics, traumatic injuries and neurosciences. While providing many tertiary and quaternary specialities, it houses all orthopaedic, psychiatric and geriatric programs at the MUHC. It also provides teaching to medical residents, medical students and students from the other allied health sciences. Founded in 1821, it has the longest clinical teaching record in North America, and in 1823 became the first medical school in Canada. The McGill Pain Center is a special McGill program hosted at the MGH. The Allan Memorial Institute (located just down the road) became the hospital’s Department of Psychiatry in 1943 and currently houses all ambulatory psychiatric clinics.

Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
Found in 1934 by Wilder Penfield, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre – offers the highest standard of neurological and neurosurgical care to the Quebec population and provides access to research-driven innovative diagnostics and therapeutics options. Counting 95 beds, each year there are more than 42,000 ambulatory visits to The Neuro, over 2,300 patients admitted, and more than 28,000 diagnostic and 1,800 surgical procedures performed. With the highest concentration of neurologists and neurosurgeons in Quebec and clinician scientists in Canada, The Neuro plays a crucial role in the Quebec health care network, delivering exceptional care to thousands of patients while functioning as a critical referral centre for the most difficult neurological pathologies and for patients lacking a definitive diagnosis.

As the largest specialized neuroscience research and clinical centre in Canada, The Neuro is a central hub for neuroscience research, international projects, clinical and research training.  More than 50 faculty members lead international research teams that generate research and translational support from local, national and international agencies and private donors. Neuro researchers are world leaders in cellular and molecular neuroscience, brain imaging, and cognitive neuroscience and the study and treatment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. Over 300 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world pursue scientific training at The Neuro each year.

Lachine Hospital
Founded in 1913, Lachine Hospital patients experience the comfort of a community-based hospital environment, while benefiting from the resources of one of the world’s foremost academic health centres. With specialty mandates in geriatric medicine, bariatrics, ophthalmology, and hemodialysis, Lachine is also connected to the Camille Lefebvre long-term-care pavilion, which offers 134 single-patient rooms including 20 long-term-respiratory patient beds. Lachine Hospital has recently undergone an expansion to modernize the Emergency Department and install the first MRI in Quebec’s public sector suitable for claustrophobic and morbidly obese patients. More recently, the government has approved a redevelopment project to upgrade the building and implement the clinical plan approved by the MSSS. Throughout this redevelopment, Lachine will continue to participate in teaching and research initiatives, particularly in the sphere of family and community medicine with an approach adapted to the elderly.

The Jewish General Hospital (JGH) is a member facility of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal. As one of Quebec’s largest acute-care hospitals, this 637-bed McGill University teaching hospital provides treatment by drawing upon the expertise of approximately 695 affiliated doctors, more than 1,600 nurses and numerous allied health professionals. Each year, it admits nearly 24,000 patients, while handling about 706,000 outpatient visits, more than 84,000 emergency visits and more than 3,700 births. The surgical departments also treat a total of more than 11,200 patients per year. The hospital supports a large geographic full-time staff for its teaching responsibilities to students and medical residents, with approximately 300 residents based at the JGH. Opened in 1934, the hospital is widely recognized for excellence in various specialties, including high-risk obstetrics, cardiac surgery, neonatology, head and neck surgery, oncology at the Segal Cancer Centre, neurosurgery, family medicine and emergency medicine. In addition, several key services—including Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, the operating rooms and the Family Birthing Centre—moved into a new critical-care pavilion in January 2016. The JGH is also widely renowned for the care provided at its Institute for Community and Family Psychiatry, and for research conducted by the Lady Davis Institute, a world leader in such fields as HIV/AIDS, cancer, aging and epidemiology.

St. Mary’s Hospital Centre is an acute care specialized hospital with 271 adult beds.The hospital is proud of its high volume obstetrical centre with close to 4 300 deliveries. An academic Family Medicine Centre is very active with a large complement of residents and seeing close to 52,280 patients annually. Other major services include renal dialysis, oncology with 20,378 visits and 6343 treatments , out-clinics with 56,260 visits annually , a strong geriatric psycho-geriatric program and a well established research centre. The Emergency Department is busy with close to 37,000 visits annually. A total of 15,506 patients were operated on of which more than two thirds were done on a same day surgery basis. The hospital maintains a very active undergraduate and postgraduate training program.

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute is a psychiatric hospital which also serves as a McGill teaching facility. For more than a century, Douglas has been providing people affected by mental health problems with the most advanced care and services. In numbers, there are currently 266 beds, more than100 000 outpatients visits, one research center recognized as one of the two most important research centers in mental health in Canada, more than sixty principal investigators (three of them are among the most cited in the world), 300 students, a unique brain bank in Canada with 3000 specimens, a truly special unique brain imaging centre entirely dedicated to mental health research in Quebec, one neurophenotyping centre and eight care programs capable of addressing the needs of all age groups. Yet, beyond the Institute’s material resources, the quality of its human resources remains is the cornerstone of its foundation, interventions and practices.

The Institute offers specialized and ultra specialized services (Care), fully participates in education (Teach), and provides teaching programs for medical residents, medical students, and other health professionals.  The Institute also evaluates health technologies (Evaluate) and manages an accredited research center (Discover). Its priorities focus on clinical, psychosocial and neuroscience research in the areas of alcoholism and drug abuse, affective disorders, child psychiatry, schizophrenia, eating disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and evaluative research.

The Centre hospitalier des vallées de l’Outaouais (Gatineau pavilion) is an acute care hospital of 323 beds serving a community of 100,000. It also offers specialized services to the Ouatouais region in many sub-specialties and is the center for radiooncology, pediatrics and neonatology, obstetrics and E.N.T. The family physician is a key player in the health care team and is involved in all hospital activities like emergency, obstetrics, teaching and many others. The family medicine unit is progressive and is accredited for the two year duration of the program. The hospital has a visionary look on the future of health care and is involved in clinical projects with its partners, CLSC, other hospitals and nursing homes, as well as technological projects like tele-medicine and computerized clinical charts. Its goal is to render to its clients services that meet the highest standards and to offer to its staff the best working environment.

University, Registration & Tuition Fees

Vaccination/ Immunization Policy

Prior to the start of residency, it is mandatory for you to submit the completed McGill Teaching Hospital Record of vaccinations and immunizations:

Program Start Date

All McGill University programs commence July 1 of each year.

Further Information

For more details regarding any of the postgraduate programs at McGill University, visit our web site :