Degrees offered: MGSC
Associate Professor Emeritus
The Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) is a program within the Faculty of Medicine.
This online two-year, 30 credit specialized program is designed to prepare surgical care professionals from many disciplines to address surgical challenges and contribute to finding solutions in low resource settings globally.
The program provides a strong foundation for present and future global surgical care professionals by developing knowledge and skills in the interpretation and use of published experience and research, balanced with applied learning in low resource settings. Students will spend four to eight weeks in an underserved location globally, producing practical “on-the-ground” skills. The location of the placement is determined by the student in consultation with a program advisor.
A blended model of practicum based learning and online teaching methods facilitate the participation of candidates from across Canada and around the world.
Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Applicants should: (a) hold a health-care-related degree such as Doctor of Medicine (MD), Nursing (BSN), Midwifery (BMW), etc.; and (b) have been involved or specifically plan to be involved in surgical care programs in underserved regions globally, whether clinically, educationally, administratively or in research.
For complete application and admission information please see the MGSC program’s website.
Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in the graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor for MGSC and the approval of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of English language proficiency prior to being extended an offer of admission. For more information, refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ entry in the Academic Calendar regarding English Language Proficiency Requirements. Applicants who do not meet English language proficiency requirements may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor for MGSC and the approval of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Academic Progress Requirement
For students who begin the MGSC in September 2023 or later, all SURG courses in the MGSC are graded on a pass/fail basis with 74% being required to pass. Students who began the MGSC prior to September 2023 will remain on a percentage grading system.
The transfer credit policy is outlined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. For more information, refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ entry in the Academic Calendar regarding Transfer Credits.
Students will be required to complete 30 credits of SURG courses which include a 6 credit Global Surgical Care Field Practicum:
- SURG 510 (3)
- SURG 512 (3)
- SURG 514 (3)
- SURG 516 (3)
- SURG 517 (3)
- SURG 518 (3)
- SURG 542 (3)
- SURG 560 (6)
- Electives (3) Approved by the Program Director
All SURG courses in the MGSC are graded on a pass/fail basis with 74% being required to pass. Students enrolled prior to September 2023 will remain on a percentage grading system.
Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream
The MGSC Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream is an interdisciplinary specialized stream. Students can choose to complete the MGSC with an intense focus on the unique issues affecting surgical care in rural and remote low resource settings in Canada.
In order to complete the MGSC Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream, students must declare their interest in completing the stream to the Graduate Advisor for MGSC upon entry into the program and must complete the following requirements:
- SURG 560 (6) – Global Surgical Care Field Practicum must be completed in Canada
- SURG 542 (3) – Topic selected for Directed Study in Global Surgical Care must be closely connected to Canada and approved by the Graduate Advisor for MGSC as an appropriate topic for the Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream
Satisfactory progress as defined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for Master’s students must be maintained. Students must complete their requirements within 5 years of starting the program. For more information, refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ entry in the Academic Calendar regarding Academic Progress.
Branch for Global Surgical Care, Department of Surgery
Room 11135 – 2755 Laurel Street, Diamond Health Care Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1M9
Tel: 604.875.4111, ext. 23110