The education provided by professors in TMM will be unique:
- Students will get an earlier exposure to biomedical research and a focus training on human health.
- More emphasis will be placed on enhancing the students’ laboratory skills and research abilities.
- New third year level courses were created to develop a comprehensive understanding of the molecular basis of diseases.
- A large variety of advanced laboratories will be offered to fourth year students to provide them with the basic tools required to tackle modern biomedical research challenges.
- Clinicians in the Faculty of Medicine will contribute to student training, which will formidably enhance their learning experience.
- Limited enrolment to all new courses will foster student-professor interaction. Enrolment to the program itself will initially be limited to 65 students.
- Professors will use hybrid course formats that promote active learning. Courses will involve fewer traditional lectures and, as appropriate, either CBL, PBL, team-learning, self-learning, online activities, etc.
- Within the first year in the program, students will complete two research projects in the laboratories of two researchers working in different areas of biomedical research.
- The Honours project is expanded to 12 credits, allowing students to better develop their research skills and tackle more ambitious challenges.
Research programs in the faculty of medicine can be broadly separated in seven research areas including:
- Molecular basis of the cell and Cancer Biology
- Stem cell biology and organismal development
- Molecular Basis of Muscle Diseases, Cardiomyopathies and Renal Diseases
- Molecular Basis of Metabolic Disorders
- Systems Biology and Chemical Biology
Third Year Rotation Project
Unique at the University of Ottawa is the rotation program. In TMM, third year students will have to perform two rotation projects in one of the laboratories within the University of Ottawa Health Network.
Fourth Year Honors Project
Further building on the third-year rotation projects, the objective of the Fourth Year Honours Project is to better prepare undergraduate students for research in biochemistry, microbiology/immunology or cellular and molecular medicine. Using a combination of laboratory research, course work and seminar presentations, students will receive intensive training at both the experimental and theoretical levels. This program is mandatory for students wishing to graduate with a degree in TMM in the Faculty of Medicine.