Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2006/2007)
25.18 Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine and Dean
  • J. Rourke
  • Professor and Assistant Dean
  • P. F. Moody-Corbett

There are eight program areas in the Faculty of Medicine: Applied Health Services, Research, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences, Clinical Epidemiology, Community Health, Human Genetics, Immunology and Neurosciences. Each program area has a coordinator who is responsible to communicate the interests of the program to the Faculty of Medicine Graduate Studies Committee and participate in the admission of graduate students into the graduate program in Medicine. Full descriptions of each of the programs is available at www.med.mun.ca/graduate/.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (in all programs excluding Applied Health Services Research) is offered in the Faculty of Medicine by full-time and part-time study. The Faculty of Medicine also offers the opportunity for students registered in the M.D. program to obtain a Ph.D. in a combined and integrated M.D.-Ph.D. program.

25.18.1 Doctor of Philosophy

Qualifications for Admission

The admission requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Medicine are as given under the General Regulations governing Ph.D. degrees.

Program of Study and Research

  1. The program of study for a Ph.D. degree is the responsibility of the supervisory committee composed of a supervisor and at least two other faculty members.

  2. It is the responsibility of the supervisory committee to meet regularly (at least annually) with the student and to provide guidance at all stages of the candidate's program. An annual report prepared by the supervisor and signed by the student and all members of the committee is required to be submitted to the Assistant Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (Medicine).

  3. Graduate students are expected to participate in Faculty of Medicine seminars and journal clubs.

  4. Graduate students in the Ph.D. degree normally take the comprehensive examination before the end of the seventh semester. The comprehensive examination consists of both a written and oral component and is in accordance with the General Regulations governing Ph.D. degrees.

25.18.2 M.D.-Ph.D. Program

The M.D.-Ph.D. program is offered by full-time study to highly motivated students with an excellent academic record who are interested in a research career in academic medicine and wish to receive both of these degrees.

The purpose of the M.D.-Ph.D. program is to provide medical education, including clinical skills, and training in health research. The integrated program is designed to increase the efficiency of obtaining both degrees, and the student is required to fulfill the complete requirements of both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

M.D.-Ph.D. students are jointly enrolled in the M.D. program and the Ph.D. program which is overseen by the M.D.-Ph.D. Program Committee (Faculty of Medicine).

Qualifications for Admission

  1. To be admitted into the M.D.-Ph.D. program, applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the M.D. and Ph.D. programs. Admission shall be by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Assistant Dean, Research and Graduate Studies (Faculty of Medicine), and the Dean of Medicine on the recommendation of the Assistant Dean, Admissions (Faculty of Medicine).

  2. Normally, students will enter the M.D.-Ph.D. program from the M.D. program after successful completion of the pre-clerkship phase or from the Ph.D. program after one or two years of the graduate program and acceptance into the M.D. program.

25.18.3 Program of Study and Research
  1. The program of study for the Ph.D. is described in the preceding section and follows the General Regulations governing the Ph.D. degree. For the purposes of timing of the comprehensive examination, only the semesters in the Ph.D. component of the program will be counted.

  2. The program of study for the M.D. follows the General Regulations governing the M.D. degree.

  3. During the Ph.D. component, students are expected to maintain clinical skills by arrangement with the M.D.-Ph.D. Program Committee. Before resuming full-time studies in the clerkship phase of the M.D. component, students will be required to demonstrate competency in clinical skills.

  4. During the M.D.-Ph.D. program (including the clerkship phase), students are expected to participate in Faculty of Medicine seminars and journal clubs in their area of research specialization.

  5. The Ph.D. will be awarded to students in the M.D.-Ph.D. program on completion of all academic requirements appropriate to the Ph.D. degree. The M.D. will be awarded to students in the M.D.-Ph.D. program on completion of all academic requirements appropriate to the M.D. degree.

25.18.4 Evaluation

Failure to maintain academic standing in either the Ph.D. or M.D. components will lead to termination of the M.D.-Ph.D. program which will be annotated on the student's transcript. On failure of the M.D. component, the Dean of Graduate Studies may approve transfer to a Ph.D. program on the recommendation of the Assistant Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Medicine. On failure of the Ph.D. component, the Dean of Medicine may approve transfer to a M.D. program on the recommendation of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education.

Courses

For a list of courses offered by the Faculty of Medicine refer to the list of "Courses" offered for the Master of Science in Medicine.