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Admission Requirements

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Please note that the admission policy is reviewed annually and the admission requirements from previous years may not apply.  The University reserves the right to review and change the admission requirements at any time, without notice.

In order to be eligible to the Doctor of Medicine Program of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, we require the following:

1. Citizenship

Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada you must submit a copy of the front and back of your current Permanent Residency card to OMSAS by the application deadline to be considered.

2. Undergraduate Degree

Applicants must have completed or be in the final year of a program leading to a four-year undergraduate degree at a recognized university, and expect to have obtained your degree by the end of the academic year in which application is being made.

3. GPA

Applicants must meet the minimum GPA in each of the two best undergraduate years with a full course load of 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. Each of the two years used for the GPA requirement must have at least 3 full course equivalents whose published level is at or above the year of study. For example, in your third year of study, 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 3rd year-level or above. Academic transcripts must clearly show that applicants have met this course load/level requirement.

Please see GPA and MCAT Minimums for the 2016-17 application cycle cutoffs.  

4. MCAT

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) minimums are reset each year. Applicants must meet or exceed these thresholds in their most recent writing of the MCAT. The minimum GPA and MCAT requirements may vary for each applicant pool.

Please see GPA and MCAT Minimums for the 2016-17 application cycle cutoffs. Minimums for the 2017-18 cycle will be posted in February 2018.

All applicants must have written the new version of the MCAT introduced in April 2015. Test scores from the previous version of the MCAT will no longer be valid. All sections of the MCAT may be considered.

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is pleased to announce the launch of the MCAT Fee Assistance Program for Canadians. Information about the program is currently posted on both the AFMC and AAMC websites.  

Note: Admission to the Doctor of Medicine Program is highly competitive and possessing the minimum requirements does not ensure an interview or offer of admission.

Other Essential Elements

Confidential Assessment Form

References are required from three persons who, in the opinion of the applicant, will give an informed critical assessment of the applicant and make statements regarding the applicant's character, qualities and academic capabilities.

Interview

Select applicants will be invited for interview. Our interviews are structured, standardized 45-minute interviews with a panel of three: one physician, one senior medical student, and one community representative. Each candidate who is invited for interview is required to complete a short written component to the interview where they are asked to read and summarize a passage according to instructions.

Proficiency in English

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant whose facility in written and spoken English is judged to be inadequate.

Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine

Our expectations for applicants who wish to pursue the MD program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are those of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM), as expressed in their document "Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine".

Post Admission Requirements Prior to Registration

Police Records Check & Vulnerable Sector Screening

All medical students will interact with vulnerable populations through the course of their academic programs. In recognition of the requirements of clinical agencies to ensure that medical students do not place vulnerable populations at risk, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry requires that all students provide, as a condition of their admission into the MD program, a current Police Records check and a Vulnerable Sector (Position) Screening.

Basic Life Support Training

Applicants are required to complete training in standard first aid and a CPR Basic Rescuer course (CPR-C), and provide valid certification before enrolment in the medical program. It is the responsibility of the student to keep this up to date.

Statement on Potential Health Risks and Immunization Requirements

Students in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will be required to care for persons with infectious diseases (including Hepatitis B and HIV) should they be assigned to them. Students accepted into the medical program will be sent complete documentation regarding health status policies and immunization requirements. Documentation of immunization and tuberculin status will be required.