Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2011/2012)
28.25 Medicine
  • Professor and Dean
  • J. Rourke
  • Professor and Associate Dean
  • P. Moody-Corbett
  • Professor and Assistant Dean
  • D. McKay

The Faculty of Medicine offers the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in seven program areas: Cancer and Development, Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences, Clinical Epidemiology, Community Health, Human Genetics, Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Neurosciences. Each program area has a Co-ordinator who is responsible for communicating 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. The Faculty of Medicine also offers the opportunity for students registered in the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program to obtain a Ph.D. in a combined and integrated M.D.-Ph.D. program.

28.25.1 Qualifications for Admission

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

28.25.2 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, for some of the program areas these are available as required courses.

  4. Course requirements are set by each of the program areas and are described under Program Requirements. Some supervisory committees may require some students to successfully complete specified course work.

  5. Graduate Students in the Ph.D. degree are required to successfully complete the comprehensive examination before the end of the seventh semester. The comprehensive examination consists of both written and oral components and is in accordance with the General Regulations governing Ph.D. degrees.

  6. Graduate students in the Ph.D. degree must complete an original piece of research, a written dissertation which must be successfully defended in an oral examination in accordance with the General Regulations governing Ph.D. degrees.

28.25.2.1 Program Areas
  1. Cancer and Development

    1. The graduate program in Cancer and Development offers study in fundamental cell and molecular biological areas including viral oncogenesis, growth factors and oncogenes in developmental models, programmed cell death and drug resistance.

    2. Program Requirements: Students are required to participate in the Seminar Series (MED 6410-6413).

  2. Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences

    1. The graduate program in Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences enables students to pursue research and academic studies in selected topics including hypertension and stroke, neural and endothelial control of vasculature and blood pressure as well as physiological mechanisms promoting heart failure. The faculty participating in the program consists of basic cardiovascular scientists and renal clinicians. Teaching within the program is integrated with the M.D. program.

    2. Program Requirements: Students are required to successfully complete MED 6140 if this course has not been previously taken. Students are required to present their thesis research to the Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences group.

  3. Clinical Epidemiology

    1. The program in Clinical Epidemiology is aimed at university graduates intending a career in health services, faculty members seeking advanced training in clinical epidemiology, medical doctors and health care professionals interested in health care delivery research.

    2. Program Requirements: Students are required to successfully complete all of the following courses if they have not been previously completed: Special Topics in Health Technology Assessment (MED 6095), Biostatistics I (MED 6200), Basic Clinical Epidemiology (MED 6250), Clinical Research Design (MED 6255) and Applied Data Analysis for Epidemiology (MED 6260). Students are required to take the Ph.D. Seminar Series (MED 6410-6413).

  4. Community Health

    1. The graduate program in Community Health enables students to pursue research and academic studies in selected topics. Students may specialize in one of the following three streams: epidemiology and biostatistics; health services and policy research; or social justice and equity in health.

    2. Program Requirements: Coursework as defined by the Supervisory Committee and this would normally include the Ph.D. Seminar Series (MED 6410-6413).

  5. Human Genetics

    1. The graduate program in Human Genetics will enable students to pursue academic studies and research in a number of areas of genetics including cancer genetics, genetic epidemiology, gene mapping, medical genetics, birth defects and population genetics. Faculty members from all three divisions of the Faculty of Medicine (Biomedical Sciences, Community Health and Clinical Sciences) participate in the program.

    2. Program Requirements: Students are required to take the Genetics Seminar Series (MED 6410-6413).

  6. Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    1. The Immunology and Infectious Diseases group has an interdisciplinary character and consists of faculty from biomedical science and oncology research. The graduate programs are designed to provide individualized training oriented towards basic research and a solid scientific background in the discipline of immunology and infectious diseases.

    2. Program Requirements: Students are required to successfully complete three core courses if they have not been previously completed: Immunology I (MED 6127), Immunology II (MED 6128) and Advanced Immunological Methods (MED 6130). Students are required to attend, for credit, and participate in the Immunology and Infectious Diseases Seminar Program (MED 6410-6413).

  7. Neurosciences

    1. The Neuroscience Program offers graduate studies in an interdisciplinary setting with the core faculty in the Division of BioMedical Sciences but also including faculty from the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Science. Graduate students may pursue research in a number of specialty areas including the physiological basis of learning and memory, stroke and neuroplasticity, neuroregeneration, signal transduction mechanisms, neuronal circuitry and membrane physiology. The Neuroscience Program is a Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

    2. Program Requirements: Normally students in the Ph.D. program are required to complete two graduate level courses in Neuroscience, one of which is to be Systems Neuroscience (MED 6196). Course selection is made on the recommendation and advice of the supervisory committee. Students are expected to attend and participate in the activities of the neuroscience group including the weekly seminar and journal club.

28.25.2.2 Courses

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