Hey everyone. I have a question about the French Language Proficiency standards required of McGill medical students.
I am an international medical graduate who applied to the 2-year advanced standing program at McGill. For those of you who are not familiar with this program, it is basically a program for people who have already completed medical school abroad and wish to re-do medical school in Canada. Applicants admitted to this program are exempted from the Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry (FMD) component of the MDCM program and enter the program in the Transition to Clinical Practice (TCP) component, starting in April of Med-2. I have just completed my interview a week ago and I am waiting for decisions to be released on March 25th. If I were to be accepted, I would join the class of 2021 and start TCP in the second week of April of this year.
On my interview day, there was a presentation given by the Assistant Dean of Admissions who explicity stated that all students need to have a working knowledge of French by the time they reach TCP. My problem is that I don't speak a single word of French and, although I am willing to learn, there just isn't enough time for me to be functional in French by the time I start TCP.
I was wondering how strict is McGill about this policy? Would it be possible for me to ask to be assigned to English sites until my French improves? Will I be the only one in class who doesn't know French or is it normal to find other anglophone students who are not yet comfortable with French?
Any input on this matter would be greatly appeciated, especially from current medical students at McGill.