Before entering the concurrent BESc/MD degree program, students must have completed the first three years of the Chemical Engineering program at Western, Option E: Biochemical Engineering and Medicine. In addition to applying for the concurrent degree program through the Office of the Associate Dean - Academic of the Faculty of Engineering, students must also make a separate application for admission into the MD program. As a part of the application process, students must write a letter to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Admission Office) indicating their intent to proceed into the concurrent BESc/MD program.
To be eligible for the concurrent degree program, students must have completed all the requirements of the first year curriculum in the Faculty of Engineering with a minimum year weighted average (YWA) of 80%, and the second and third year program of Option E (Biochemical Engineering and Medicine) in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering with a minimum year weighted average (YWA) of 80% in each year. In addition, the applicant must meet the minimum performance standards in the MCAT and GPA, determined by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and must be invited and attend a personal interview with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. A confidential assessment form, proficiency in English and Basic Life Support Training is also required.
Entrance into the concurrent degree program is competitive and limited.
A student interested in the concurrent BESc/MD program will apply during the February registration period of the first common year of the Engineering program for admission to the Chemical Engineering program, Option E (Biochemical Engineering and Medicine). The student must write the MCAT in April or August before the third year of the Biochemical Engineering and Medicine program, for the following year's admission into the MD program. Students must apply to the MD program by the deadline established (usually October) by the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) during the third year of the Biochemical Engineering and Medicine program.
Admission to the BESc program does not guarantee admission to the MD program.
Note: This program is only open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
A student enrolled in the concurrent BESc/MD degree program must satisfy the following progression requirements:
Year 2: a minimum YWA of 80% in courses taken as a part of Option E (Biochemical Engineering and Medicine).
Year 3: a minimum YWA of 80% in courses taken as a part of Option E (Biochemical Engineering and Medicine).
Year 4: progression requirements of the MD program and successful completion of Engineering courses.
Year 5: progression requirements of the MD program.
Year 6: progression requirements of the MD program.
Year 7: progression requirements of the MD program and successful completion of Engineering courses.
If the student fails to satisfy the above conditions, he or she will be required to withdraw from the concurrent program and will be required to transfer out of Option E into one of Options A or B in the Chemical Engineering program.
Concurrent Degree Program
First Year Program
Common first year of Engineering.
Second Year Program
Third Year Program
Applied Mathematics 2411, Chemistry 2213A/B and 2223B or CBE 2206A/B and 2207A/B, CBE 2214A/B, CBE 2220A/B, CBE 2221A/B, CBE 2224A/B, CBE 2290A/B, CBE 2291A/B, ES 2211F/G, Statistical Sciences 2143A/B, Business Administration 2299.
CBE 3301A/B, CBE 3310A/B, CBE 3315A/B, CBE 3317A/B, CBE 3320A/B, CBE 3322A/B, CBE 3323A/B, CBE 3324A/B, CBE 3325A/B, ECE 2208A/B, ES 4498F/G.
Fourth Year Program
Regular Year 1 of the MD program.
Fifth Year Program
Sixth Year Program
Regular Year 2 of the MD program.
Seventh Year Program
Regular Year 3 of the MD program.
Regular Year 4 of the MD Program less the Advanced Communication Skills course.
CBE 4499, Chemical Engineering Design for Medical Students, (will count as an "elective" credit in the fourth year of the MD Program).