The Leaders in Medicine (LIM) program at the University of Calgary offers students the opportunity to earn simultaneously both a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and a graduate degree (PhD, MSc, MA, MBA, etc.). The objective of the Leaders in Medicine program is to train clinicians for a diverse range of careers ranging from academic medical research to the design, management and implementation of health care delivery systems. Individuals trained in the Leaders in Medicine program can expect to develop a unique academic approach to their clinical experiences as well as bring a clinical perspective to their academic domain (research, business, etc.).
Students in the Leaders in Medicine program will be jointly enrolled in the MD program and in any of the graduate programs offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary. Although the most common graduate programs participating in Leaders in Medicine are the eight thesis-based programs offered by the Cumming School of Medicine, students from other programs, including Philosophy and Engineering, have taken part.
Students wishing to apply to Leaders in Medicine should have an excellent academic record and strong motivation towards a career in academic medicine. Previous research experience is highly desirable. Applicants must apply separately to the Cumming School of Medicine for the MD program and to the selected graduate program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and be recommended for admission by each program. Prospective applicants must also complete a supplemental application for the Leaders in Medicine program: forms may be obtained from the Graduate Sciences Education Office (Cumming School of Medicine). Students normally apply for the combined degree program during the first two years of either the MD or the graduate program.
Expected completion time is five years for the MD/Masters programs and seven years for MD/PhD programs. Maximum completion time is six years for the MD/Masters program and eight years for the MD/PhD program.
Each student is required to participate regularly in the LIM journal club and seminar programs.
Continuous registration must be maintained during the combined program.
For more information, contact:
Leaders in Medicine, Health Sciences Centre, Room G321
or visit the website: cumming.ucalgary.ca/lim