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Master of Medical Studies (MMS) Program (TB)

The MMS is uniquely designed for students who are currently practicing medicine in Northern Ontario, but in exceptional cases will also consider students from other national or international jurisdictions. The focus of the research component of the MMS program is to conduct socially accountable, community engaged, and clinically relevant research. The courses for the MMS have been designed to specifically provide students with the knowledge and skills to conduct independent clinical research. Many of the courses contain content that incorporates the current state of the discipline, such as the courses in Independent Study/Advanced Topics, Bioethics and Research Integrity, Research Grant Writing and Critical Appraisal, and Special Topics in Rural and Remote Practice. The program is thesis based, including an independent research project designed to provide the students with real-world experience in conducting research. The metric of success will be to write and defend their thesis. Students will be encouraged to produce a manuscript and present at research conferences.

The program consists of 3.25 credits made up of:
(a) Research Thesis (Medicine 5810, 1.5 credits)
(b) Medicine 5815, 0.5 credit
(c) Medicine 5830, 0.5 credit
(d) Medicine 5835, 0.5 credit
(e) Choice from three elective courses (Medicine 5850, 5855 or 5870, 0.25 credits each)

A B-level grade is required for successful completion of the courses.

Non-credit requirement: Students will also be required to attend at least one face-to-face MMS Workshop per year.

Period of Study

Full-time and Part-time Status
Full-time status means that the student is not employed more than 10 hours per week. Graduate students enrolled in full-time study are expected to complete the program of study (18 credits) in two years, including completion and successful defense of the research thesis (Medicine 5815). Students registered part-time are expected to complete the MMS program within five years, including completion and successful defense of the research thesis (Medicine 5815).

Change from full-time to part-time status or vice versa can be made at the end of a semester for the following semester. Requests will require the support of the Graduate Supervisor and are made in writing to the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies, before the end of the semester immediately preceding the requested change in full-time part-time status. Decisions on changing from full-time to part-time or vice versa are the responsibility of the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies.

Leave of Absence
Requests for a Leave of Absence will be considered on a case-by-case basis and require a letter of request made to the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies, with appropriate documentation for the Leave (e.g., health related will require a letter from a physician), why the Leave is being requested and including a letter of support from the Graduate Supervisor. Normally, a student will not be eligible for more than three Leaves of Absence.

A Leave of Absence is considered time away from the graduate program and will not be logged as period of study in the Graduate Program; therefore, no fees will be charged and the student will not accumulate time in the program.

Decisions on granting a Leave of Absence are made by the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies.

Time Extensions
Graduate students may request extensions to their programs to the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies. Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis and will require support from the Graduate Supervisor. Extensions will only be granted on a term-by-term basis, up to three terms (one full year).