McMaster University

McMaster University

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Medical Program

The COMPASS curriculum aims to ensure that our graduates have a good working understanding of biological, psychological and social mechansims and processes, as well as their impact on health and disease, based on principles of learning drawn from cognitive psychology. Recent evidence from cognitive psychology about how people learn and use concepts suggests specific strategies which are very compatible with the basic approach to problem-based learning. These advances have guided McMaster curriculum planners to develop a curriculum that can ensure that concepts, once mastered, will be available to students when resolving clinical dilemmas. The COMPASS curriculum is structured to allow the integration of critically important fundamental concepts in medicine and affords an opportunity for students to have the time to practice applying these concepts to multiple different clinical problems.

In the COMPASS curriculum, the tutorial group remains the key setting in which students will contribute to each other's education under the guidance of a tutor. Students take a lot of responsibility for their own learning and acquire different information at different times and thus, time is allowed for independent, self-directed learning. However, there are cogent reasons for delivering lectures that help students synthesize and contextualize the information they have been learning. There is a continuing evaluation process including assessment by tutors, peers and self, as well as program-related evaluation exercises.


Key Contacts

MD Admissions Office

McMaster University
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
1200 Main Street West, MDCL - 3115
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5
Tel: (905) 525-9140 x22235
Fax: (905) 546-0349
Email: mdadmit@mcmaster.ca

MD Program Administration

McMaster University
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
1200 Main Street West, MDCL 3108
Hamilton,  Ontario L8N 3Z5
Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 22141
Fax: (905) 546-0349
Email: oudsh@mcmaster.ca


MD Electives Office

McMaster University
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
1200 Main Street West, MDCL 3116
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5
Tel: (905) 525-9140 x22670
Fax: (905) 546-0349
Email: mdelect@mcmaster.ca

 

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