Family Medicine

Master of Clinical Science (MClSc)



Meet Melad Marbeen, MClSc candidate in Family Medicine

“Do not hesitate if you know Family Medicine is something you are interested in doing – you will learn valuable skills that will nurture and enhance your professional development.”

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
During my family medicine postgraduate training, I was inspired by very enthusiastic mentors, specifically Dr. Saadia Hameed, who were originally students of this program. I was also interested in learning the patient-centered clinical method that has been established and developed at Western, and wanted to discover the family medicine research world with the guidance of primary health care researchers and teachers at the Center for Studies in Family Medicine here.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The support and guidance of my excellent teachers.

What idea would you like to share?
Be flexible, believe in yourself and your abilities, connect with other graduate students, and seek faculty and staff guidance and help when needed.

Do you engage in volunteer activities?
I like to do home visits to elderly or people with functional difficulties who can’t leave home. I enjoy and learn a lot from listening to their remarkable stories, and how they can live their lives to the fullest despite their physical limitations.

How do you de-stress?
Listen to music and songs, meditate, and talk to family and friends.

What’s your favourite book?
The Nature of Healing and The Healer’s Art by Eric J. Cassell ( I learned about these books in this program).

What are you most passionate about?
Be a good friend and member in the community, and helping others acquire peace in their days and lives.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Liz McInnis (lmcinnis@uwo.ca)
Program Coordinator

Department of Family Medicine

Western University
Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 80119
f. 519-661-3878

The Family Medicine program has attracted Family Physicians from Canada and around the world who wish to enhance their knowledge, skills and leadership within the discipline of Family Medicine. This degree engages Family Physicians anticipating an academic career in a university setting, junior faculty wanting to improve academic skills or practicing family physicians upgrading skills in order to teach or contribute to research in their own community setting. The course of study is designed to fit the needs of the individual applicant through the delivery of courses on teaching, research, patient-centred care and theoretical foundations of Family Medicine.

Program Length

  • 9 Terms (Full-time study)
  • 12 Terms (Part-time study)

Program Design

  • Full-time study or part-time study
  • Project-based or thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

  • B average in undergraduate degree.
  • MD.
  • Residency in Family Medicine and CCFP or equivalent (5+ years in a Family Medicine practice if an international student).
  • All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency.
  • Internet access

Additional Requirements

  • Must currently be practicing Family Medicine in country of residence.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet-based version, or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6.5 out of 9. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
  • The Duolingo English Test. Applicants must attain a minimum score of 115.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
  • Western English Language Centre. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level. Click here for information regarding a conditional offer of admission, pending completion of Western English Language Centre's program.
  • CultureWorks. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level. Click here for information regarding a conditional offer of admission, pending CultureWorks completion.
  • Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.

Application Deadline

  • May 1 - Acceptance notification by June 30