McGill University - Internal Medicine - Montreal


Program Director

Dr. NingZi Sun


Site Administrator, RVH

Maureen Dowd

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Key information about the program and what makes the program unique:

  • State-of-art simulation center with a comprehensive sim-based curriculum

  • Early bedside ultrasound training and practice opportunities

  • Early and regular exposure to critical care

  • Dedicated time and resources for scholarly activities

  • Opportunity to experience care delivery in remote areas including possible global health elective

The people, the city, and the sites:

  • Incredibly friendly, supportive, and dedicated residents that results in long-lasting bonds and friendships

  • Three main training sites each with unique clinical experiences and opportunities to learn from world-leading experts in their fields

  • Culturally diverse and vibrant city with always new things to discover, from restaurants, museums, and art galleries to festivals and sporting events

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I did my medical school in French. Will I be able to succeed in an English learning environment?

Not to worry. All faculty understand French and most other healthcare workers at McGill are also bilingual. It is not uncommon for francophone residents to review/discuss cases in French with their clinical supervisors at the beginning of their training as they hone their skills in medical English. You'll also be surprised at how fast you will pick up English!

I speak very little French. Will this affect my training?

Not at all! We have trainees not only from other Canadian provinces but also from around the world. The bulk of our patient population is anglophone. Among those patients who speak French, a good proportion of them also speak English, and if not, there are always translators around to help since most people (e.g. nurses, clerks, nursing aids, etc.) working in our institutions are bilingual. Our PGME also offers a French for Medical Purposes Program for anyone who is interested to learn medical French.

On average, how much dedicated academic time does your program offer in a week?

We offer 1-2h of lunch-time teaching per day throughout July. Starting August, all residents get one academic half-day per week.

How much importance is placed on research?

As an applicant, research (and publications) is given similar considerations as other extra-curricular activities you do. We also value academic performance, reliability, teamwork skills and many other qualities. We are looking for candidates who will make excellent residents and not excellent researchers. That being said, if you have an interest in research, you will find tons of opportunities for projects and mentorship with us. We have excellent research mentors in all subspecialties of medicine and in all types of research (basic science, clinical, medical education, quality improvement...) and you will be given dedicated time to explore whatever resonates with you.

How does the program support resident wellness?

We have a mentorship program (called IMthere4U) that matches each incoming R1 to one senior resident and one attending physician starting day 1 of residency. We also have Ice Cream Rounds organized by our PGME resident wellness office and annual resident retreats. Each of our hospital sites have resident Wellness Ambassadors and VP Socials who help monitor for issues and organize resident events. We also have innovative wellness projects that vary from year to year. For this year, our residents and attendings are teaming up to compete against each other using The Outbreak app where they have to stay physically active to avoid their teams being turned into zombies!