Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

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Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
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Medical sciences building at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • 1881 (1881) (Medical school)
  • 1964 (Dental school)
Type Faculty (medical and dental school)
Academic affiliation University of Western Ontario
Location London, Ontario, Canada43°00′29.84″N 81°16′18.82″W / 43.0082889°N 81.2718944°W / 43.0082889; -81.2718944Coordinates: 43°00′29.84″N 81°16′18.82″W / 43.0082889°N 81.2718944°W / 43.0082889; -81.2718944
Dean Michael Strong
Academic staff 1,800
Students 591 (MD students)
224 (DDS students)
652 (BMSc students)
Postgraduates 746
Doctoral students 568
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The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the combined medical school and dental school of University of Western Ontario, one of 17 medical schools in Canada and one of six in Ontario.

The medical school was founded in 1881, and merged with the dental school in 1997. The school is the seventh oldest in Canada, and the third in Ontario after Toronto's and Queen's medical schools. Schulich Medical School is based in London, with an undergraduate medical campus in Windsor.

The school emphasizes a patient-centered approach to medicine, introducing new students to clinical methods in the first few weeks.[1] Schulich has consistently done well in residency matches, with the fourth highest match rate in Canada in 2012 (95.9%).[2] The school has produced a number of notable alumni, including the discoverer of Barr bodies Murray Barr, "the Father of Family Medicine" Ian McWhinney, and the current head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan.

Like other Canadian medical schools, admission to Schulich School of Medicine is highly competitive. The school receives more than ten times as many applications as there are places available. For the 2012/2013 cycle, Schulich received 14 applications for each available place with an acceptance rate of less than 7%.[3]


The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry receives approximately 2000 applications each year, of which 450 applicants are invited to interview for 171 spots (133 London campus and 38 Windsor campus). Schulich Medicine is unique in that it does not require prerequisite courses, thus encouraging students from a variety of disciplines to apply. Furthermore, no preference or advantage is given to specific programs. Schulich Medicine does not accept international students for the undergraduate program, but does accept students from provinces outside of Ontario.

Minimum requirements[edit]

Applicants are invited to interview based on minimum GPA and MCAT requirements. For the 2013/2014 application cycle, these minimums were a 3.70 GPA, and at least a score of 12 BS (89th-95th percentile), 11 VR (85th-96th percentile), 9 PS (58th-71st percentile) on the MCAT.[4] These cutoffs vary year to year based on the applicant pool. Students whose scores below any of the cut-offs are not considered and will automatically not receive an invitation to an interview. Students from Southwestern Ontario are required to have the same academic credentials, but are allowed to have slightly lower MCAT scores for individual sections (no lower than 8/section, but 32 overall still required). It is unknown if these students receive an advantage post-interview, as Schulich Medicine does not disclose their admission calculations. Furthermore, credentials for the matriculating class are not released to the public, but have been historically higher than the minimum requirements.

Degrees offered[edit]

The Dr. Don Rix Clinical Learning Centre at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Medicine (MD)[edit]

The school's medical program consists of four years of studies; two of which are pre-clerkship, one is a rotating clerkship and the final year is an integration and consolidation year devoted to electives in preparation for the chosen speciality of the student.

Dentistry (DDS)[edit]

The school's dentistry program is a four-year program offering a DDS degree. The school also offers Canada's first accredited Qualifying Program for foreign-trained dentists (ITD), as well as a Post-graduate programs in Clinical Orthodontics.[5]

Medical sciences (BMSc)[edit]

The basic medical sciences undergraduate program is a joint program offered by the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Science.

Full list of degree programs offered[edit]

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • 48 postgraduate medicine (residency) training programs
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc - General/Honours)
  • MSc & PhD programs in basic and clinical sciences
  • Combined MD/PhD
  • Combined MD/DDS (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency)
  • Combined MD/Engineering degree
  • Combined BMSc/HBA (Honours Business Administration) degree
  • Graduate Orthodontics
  • Qualifying Program (for foreign-trained dental graduates)

Research opportunities[edit]

Undergraduate medical students have the opportunity to conduct basic or clinical research under the supervision of a Schulich faculty member in the London or Windsor area. There are two main programs: Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) and Schulich Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Summer Research Training Program[edit]

The goal of the SRTP program is to introduce medical students to basic or clinical research and stimulate their interest in academic medicine. Students pursue a medical research project during the summer months for two years prior to clerkship. Dental students have similar opportunities. A two-year commitment is mandatory for medical students to fully develop the project; as such, only first year student may apply to the program. However, for dental students such two year commitment is not obliged. Approximately 10-15 students are selected to enter these programs, depending on the feasibility of the project and the availability of funds. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides funding for the student equal to the current CIHR Summer Studentship rate.

Medical Students are required to attend weekly seminars during five of the ten summer months, where they listen to and critique other projects. An interim report is required at the end of the first summer, and students are required to present their final results at the SRTP Student Symposium at the end of the second summer. Students are also eligible for awards at the completion of the program. Historically, students have been successful in producing publications and conference abstracts.

Proposed projects are made available online each January. Students are invited to review the projects, contact faculty and apply to the program. Applications are due in February, with funding decisions finalized in March.

Affiliated teaching hospitals[edit]

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry affiliated teaching hospitals
Institution Main specialty Affiliated research arm
Children's Hospital (London Health Sciences Centre) Medical Imaging, Neurosciences, Oncology Children’s Health Foundation
University Hospital (London Health Sciences Centre) Anesthesiology, Medical Imaging, Multi Organ Transplantation, Neurosciences, Oncology Lawson Health Research Institute
Victoria Hospital (London Health Sciences Centre) Anesthesiology, Medical Imaging, Multi Organ Transplantation, Neurosciences Canadian National Institute for the Blind
South Street Hospital (London Health Sciences Centre) Anesthesiology, Cardiac Care, Medical Imaging, Multi Organ Transplantation, Neurosciences, Oncology Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Child Health Research Institute
St. Joseph’s Hospital (St. Joseph's Health Care London) Urology, diabetes, rheumatology, pain management, osteoporosis, hand and upper limb, eye care, lung disease, ears, nose and throat, head and neck surgery, gastroenterology, breast care The St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
Parkwood Hospital (St. Joseph's Health Care London) Complex care, rehabilitation, palliative care, specialized geriatric services The St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
Regional Mental Health Care (St. Joseph's Health Care London) Mental healthcare
Mount Hope Centre for Long-Term Care (St. Joseph's Health Care London) Long-term care, mental health The St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

Frederick Banting, primary discoverer of insulin

Since their founding, the medical and dental schools have produced a number of famous physicians and inventors, including:

  • Frederick Banting: Surgeon; primary discoverer of insulin; lecturer in orthopedics and anthropology (1920-1921)
  • Margaret Chan: Current Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Jane Philpott: Current Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville
  • Henry J.M. Barnett: Neurologist; expert in the medical management of stroke; along with Charles Drake, co-founder of the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at University Hospital (London)
  • Charles G. Drake: Neurosurgeon; established the University of Western Ontario as a neurosurgical centre of excellence; pioneered treatment of vertebral basilar aneurysms
  • Gary G. Ferguson:[6] Neurosurgeon; internationally recognized[citation needed] as a leader on research in stroke prevention surgery
  • Ian McWhinney: Family physician; known as the "Father of Family Medicine"; established the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, often regarded as the premier research centre in Family Medicine in Canada
  • Chil-Yong Kang: led the team that developed the only preventative HIV vaccine to use a genetically modified version of the whole virus at Western
  • David Jaffray: a pioneer in medical imaging and professor at the University of Toronto
Ian McWhinney, known as "father of family medicine"

See also[edit]


  • Murray Llewellyn Barr 'A century of medicine at Western: a centennial history of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario' (London: University of Western Ontario, 1977)
  • John R. W. Gwynne-Timothy 'Western's first century' (London: University of Western Ontario, 1978)
  • Ruth Davis Talman 'The beginnings and development of the University of Western Ontario, 1878-1924.' (MA Thesis, University of Western Ontario, 1925)


  1. ^ Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. "Curriculum Philosophy". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  2. ^ CaRMS. "Match Results by School of Graduation" (PDF). Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ontario Medical School Requirements" (PDF). Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Schulich Admissions. UWO Retrieved 31 January 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "DDS - Doctor of Dental Surgery Program". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Gary G. Ferguson
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