"I chose medicine because of its culture of constant learning to solve problems. In medicine, you never stop learning, and new problems force you to find information, critically evaluate it, and apply it."

- David Antle, PhD, Class of 2020

Medical students have many opportunities to engage in research and work with some of Canada's top medical researchers throughout their 4 years in the MD Program. There are opportunities through the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Office of Research, as well as opportunities in the MD Program. All medical students have an opportunity to showcase their research at the annual excellence in Medical Student Research event held each year.

MD/PHD Program - There are several options for students considering the MD/PhD program. Traditionally, students have completed their PhD in between the preclinical years and the clinical years of med school (between 2nd and 3rd year). More recently, some students have elected to complete PhDs they started at the beginning of medical school. The program also has a pilot project for students who wish to complete their PhD while working on their core MD Program. There are also opportunities for students to carry on research after they complete their PhD.

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MD with Special Training in Research (STIR) - This program gives students a taste of academic medicine. Once accepted, students complete a minimum of 24 weeks in either basic or clinical research under faculty supervision throughout the first 2 years of medical school.

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Summer Student Research Program - This program provides opportunities for undergraduate medical students to work with faculty members on clinical and basic-science research projects throughout the summer.

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