By Lisa Dutton

McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine is about to make history. The University’s range of medical education and training programs will soon be offered both in Montreal and Gatineau. Plus, when classes start on August 18, the language of education at Campus Outaouais will be 100% French.

Faculty members and lecturers are putting the finishing touches to their lecture notes and PowerPoint slides as they ready themselves to teach the Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry, the first component of McGill’s renowned four-year MDCM undergraduate medical program. While the course content will be the same at the two campuses, the lectures, small group sessions, simulation centre activities, Osler meetings, quizzes, exams, etc. will be held in the language of Molière not Shakespeare. As is the case in Montreal, when the fall semester begins it will be offered remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty members eager to get started

The team at Campus Outaouais continues to come together ahead of its opening, most recently with the addition of new faculty appointments. “We have recruited an incredible team of motivated and inspirational medical professionals, eager to teach and share their knowledge and skills with the next generation,” says Dr. Gilles Brousseau, Vice-Dean and Director of Campus Outaouais. “Our faculty members, the heart of Campus Outaouais, will teach both basic sciences and critical clinical skills. They will also model professionalism – integrity, compassion, respect, collaboration and connectedness to our community –  to ensure we graduate physicians well-prepared to address the present and future health needs of the residents of Outaouais and beyond.”

The McGill Faculty of Medicine’s Campus Outaouais officially welcomes (appointment notices in French only):

Letters of Admission being sent to the first cohort of medical undergraduates

In the coming weeks, the first 24 undergrads who will begin the MDCM Program at Campus Outaouais will all receive their letter of admission.  The entire student body across the four-year medical program in Outaouais will eventually consist of 96 students. As has been the case since 1988, Campus Outaouais will also train 36 physician-residents in Family Medicine and other specialties. New this year, the McGill Preparatory Medicine Program will be offered in Outaouais with 20 students beginning their courses in September in the joint McGill-Université de Québec à Outaouais program.

Campus Outaouais Nears Completion

Michel Leblanc, Senior Project Director, Campus Outaouais explains that after an-eight week pause due to the pandemic, in mid-May, construction resumed on the building that will house the classrooms, amphitheatre and other teaching facilities of McGill University’s Campus Outaouais. Construction will be completed by late fall, after which the Campus will move in the equipment, desks, and simulation centre materials for an official opening of the Campus facilities.


June 19 2020