In 2007, the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University introduced the first of two Regional Campuses in the Waterloo Region. Fifteen students were admitted in the first year and 21 students were admitted in 2008. Since 2009, 28 students have been admitted each year. A further 28 will be welcomed in 2015.
In 2008, the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University opened its second Regional Campus located in St. Catharines Ontario within the new Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. Fifteen students were admitted to this campus in 2008 and 20 were admitted in 2009. Since 2010, 28 students have been admitted each year.
Those applicants invited to the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) are asked to rank their campus choice (Hamilton, Niagara Region, Waterloo Region) as number one (1), two (2), three (3) or No Preference. Offers of admission to the medical school will be made from the master rank list irrespective of geographical preference. Subsequent to filling the positions, registrants to the class will be offered a position based on their preferences. Offers are binding to the assigned campus.
The first of five Medical Foundations, which takes four months to complete (end of August through mid-December), occurs in Hamilton for all students. This provides students with the opportunity to get to know their class. The remainder of the program, with the exception of electives which can be undertaken at the students' choice of location, takes place in the Region to which they have been assigned.
The curriculum at all three campuses is identical and takes full advantage of videoconferencing technology to ensure parallel experiences at each of our campuses. With state of the art technology, friendships and alliances will remain intact and interactive teaching experiences will be completely analogous.
To learn more about the Regional Campuses, please click on the links below.
The Students in the Class of 2017 have put together a brochure with information on our curriculum and life as a McMaster MD Student. The brochure also includes information on all three McMaster campuses. You can view the student brochure here.