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Master of Global Surgical Care

This program is pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Program Overview

The Masters of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) is a program within the Faculty of Medicine.

This online two-year, 30 credit specialized program is designed to prepare surgical care professionals from many disciplines to address surgical challenges and contribute to finding solutions in low resource settings globally.

The program provides a strong foundation for present and future global surgical care professionals by developing knowledge and skills in the interpretation and use of published experience and research, balanced with applied learning in low resource settings. Students will spend four to eight weeks in an underserved location globally, producing practical “on-the-ground” skills. The location of the placement is determined by the student in consultation with a program advisor.

A blended model of practicum based learning and on-line teaching methods facilitate the participation of candidates from across Canada and around the world.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet minimum admission requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies. Applicants should: (a) hold a health-care-related degree such as Doctor of Medicine (MD), Nursing (BSN), Midwifery (BMW), etc.; and (b) have been involved or specifically plan to be involved in surgical care programs in underserved regions globally, whether clinically, educationally, administratively or in research.

For complete application and admission information please see the MGSC program’s website.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in the graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Director of the Branch for International Surgical Care and the approval of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of English language proficiency prior to being extended an offer of admission. For more information, refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ entry in the Academic Calendar regarding English Language Proficiency Requirements. Applicants who do not meet English language proficiency requirements may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Director of the Branch for International Surgical Care and the approval of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Transfer Credit

The transfer credit policy is outlined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. For more information, refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ entry in the Academic Calendar regarding Transfer Credits.

Program Requirements

Students will be required to complete 30 credits of SURG and SPPH courses which include a 6 credit Global Surgical Care Field Practicum.

  • SURG 510 (3)
  • SURG 512 (3)
  • SURG 514 (3)
  • SPPH 540 (3)
  • SPPH 517 (3)
  • SURG 518 (3)
  • SURG 542 (3)
  • SURG 560 (6)
  • Electives (3) Approved by the Program Director

Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream

The MGSC Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream is an interdisciplinary specialized stream. Students can choose to complete the MGSC with an intense focus on the unique issues affecting surgical care in rural and remote low resource settings in Canada.

In order to complete the MGSC Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream, students must declare their interest in completing the stream to the Program Director upon entry into the program and must complete the following requirements:

  • SURG 560(6) – Global Surgical Care Field Practicum must be completed in Canada
  • SURG 542(3) – Topic selected for Directed Study in Global Surgical Care must be closely connected to Canada and approved by the Program Director as an appropriate topic for the Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream

Satisfactory progress as defined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for Master’s students must be maintained. Students must complete their requirements within 5 years of starting the program. For more information, refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ entry in the Academic Calendar regarding Academic Progress.

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