Admission Requirements

For admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program, applicants must meet all of the following Academic and Non-Academic admission requirements:

Undergraduate Degree
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch
Confidential Assessment Form
Invitation for Interview
Interview
Citizenship
English Proficiency
Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine
Statement of Potential Health Risks and Immunization Requirements
Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

Please Note: Falsification or misrepresentation of information from any portion of the application process, including interviews, will result in removal of the application from consideration.


ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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 obtain their degree by the end of the academic year in which application is being made.

Degree Considerations

Part-time Undergraduate Degree

It is acceptable to attend university on a part-time basis and still be considered for admission to Schulich Medicine. However, given the rigorous nature of medical education, we require that two years be spent in full-time study (September to April) in which the minimum of five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) have been taken concurrently. In each of these two years, there must be at least three full course equivalents whose published level is at or above the year of study.

Applicants who choose to take further undergraduate part-time years after obtaining an undergraduate degree will not be penalized in the admissions process.

Co-Op Degree

For applicants enrolled in a co-op degree program, the following conditions must be met to be considered for GPA:

  • The two best academic years must consist of the two terms which combine to complete one of the mandatory program years (e.g. Terms 3A and 3B); terms belonging to different academic years will not be considered (e.g. 3B and 4A).
  • A co-op year will only be considered if it contains five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours).
  • Three of five full course equivalents must be at or above the level of the year of study.
Fifth Year, before graduating

Applicants may elect to do a Fifth Year in order to improve their academic standing, prior to graduating with a four-year undergraduate degree. To be considered for GPA, the following conditions must be met:

  • Applicants must already have one undergraduate year that meets the GPA cutoff.
  • The Fifth Year must contain five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April, with at least three full course equivalents whose published level is at or above the third year.
  • Only one full or equivalent pass/fail course will be permitted.
Special Year, after graduating

If an applicant has already graduated with a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized North American university, the applicant may elect to continue in full-time undergraduate studies - a so-called Special Year - in order to improve their academic standing. To be considered for GPA, the following conditions must be met:

  • Only the first Special Year will be considered for GPA.
  • Applicants must already have one undergraduate year that meets the GPA minimum requirement.
  • A Special Year will only be considered if it contains five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April.
  • First-year courses, repeat/antirequisite courses, pass/fail courses, and second-year courses that do not require a first-year prerequisite are not acceptable in the Special Year.
Second Undergraduate Degree

Applicants enrolled in a second undergraduate degree program are eligible to apply during the final year of their new program. To be considered for GPA, the following conditions must be met:

  • The second undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a four-year degree.
  • GPA consideration will be based on only the two best years of the second undergraduate degree.
  • Course load and course level requirements for the second undergraduate degree are analogous to the requirements of the first degree.
  • Applicants who are given a conditional offer must complete all program requirements for the second undergraduate degree by June 30.
Graduate Degree

Schulich does not consider graduate degrees for GPA, only undergraduate years are used.

Thesis-based Graduate Degree
Applicants in the final year of their program must complete a Confirmation of Thesis-based Graduate Degree Requirements Form and return it to the Admissions Office by June 30 indicating that all program requirements, including successful defense and final assessment of thesis, have been met.

Course-based Graduate Degree
Applicants in the final year of their program must complete a Confirmation of Course-based Graduate Degree Requirements Form and return it to the Admissions Office by June 30 indicating that all program requirements will be completed by August 15.

Applicants who are given a conditional offer must complete all program requirements for the graduate degree as per the deadlines above.

Withdrawal from a graduate program during the application year in order to enroll in Schulich Medicine will not be acceptable.

International Undergraduate Degree

Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who completed their undergraduate university degree outside of Canada or the United States may apply to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program.

Academic transcript(s) from universities outside of Canada or the United States must be submitted to World Education Services (WES) to be assessed on a course-by-course basis.

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Grade Point Average (GPA)

Minimum GPA, as established by the Medicine Admissions Committee, must be met in each of the two best undergraduate years. GPA is calculated using the OMSAS Conversion Scale.

The two undergraduate years used for GPA consideration must meet the following conditions:

  • Contain at least five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. Summer courses are not eligible for GPA consideration.
  • Contain at least three full or equivalent courses (18 credit hours) whose published academic level is at or above the year of study.
  • Contain a maximum of one full or equivalent pass/fail course per year.

For applicants who take more than five full courses during any September to April academic year, the five best full or equivalent courses will be used, provided the remaining courses satisfy course level requirements.

Part-time years cannot be considered for GPA, regardless of the requirements of degree programs.

Applicants who complete a degree with a year amounting to less than a full course load cannot have that year considered for GPA.

Repeat Courses
Repeat courses are not factored into GPA calculation. An academic year comprised of five full or equivalent courses taken between September and April, in which one is a repeat course, will be assessed as having less than a full course load and will not be eligible for GPA consideration.

Pass/Fail Courses
Only one full or equivalent pass/fail course (6 credit hours) will be permissible in each of the two undergraduate years considered for GPA. The course must be passed in order to count toward the course load. Discovery Credits (Western students) will be considered within, not in addition to, this one full course pass/fail allowance.

Exchange Courses
For applicants who have attended other universities on an exchange, GPA calculation may be based on the marks achieved at the exchange institution. Official transcripts from the exchange institution must be provided to OMSAS at the time of application.

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Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is developed and administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) which offers multiple sittings per year at hundreds of test sites throughout Canada and the United States.

The MCAT Essentials PDF describes the test in detail and can be downloaded from the AAMC website. Test sites and dates are also listed on the AAMC website.

Applicants must have written the MCAT version introduced in April 2015. Test scores from the previous version are not valid. All sections of the MCAT may be considered.

For information on MCAT registration, please contact the AAMC directly:

e: mcat@aamc.org
t: 202.828.0690

MCAT Fee Assistance
The AAMC is committed to providing support to Canadian students who would be unable to take the MCAT without financial assistance. To do this, the AAMC and the AFMC are piloting a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees who register for the MCAT during the 2018 testing year.

Canadian examinees will be able to register for an MCAT exam date through this pilot fee assistance program beginning on February 1, 2018. Canadian fee assistance applicants who qualify will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates for the 2018 and 2019 testing years. For details, visit the AAMC website.

  • Schulich Medicine requires the MCAT be written prior to the application deadline.
  • MCAT results will be accepted provided the test was written after April 2015.
  • If written more than once, scores from the most recent writing of the MCAT are used.

Free MCAT Exam Preparation Materials
Free sample content from all sections of the MCAT has been created by the Khan Academy with support and funding by the AAMC and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Khan Academy MCAT Collection includes over 1,000 videos and 3,000 review questions. For details, visit Khan Academy website.

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NON-ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch

Schulich Medicine takes a holistic approach towards applications to our MD Program. Emphasis is not only on academics but also on non-academic traits and life experiences, ensuring our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch invites applicants to tell their story and share what makes them unique. Schulich Medicine is interested in how an applicant's life experiences such as employment, volunteering, research, extracurricular activities, or general experiences, connect with the School’s core values of:

  • diversity
  • teamwork/leadership
  • social accountability/responsibility
  • self-directed learning/critical inquiry

Completing the Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch
In the PDF located on the OMSAS website, applicants should list their top two life experiences that relate to each of the four core values listed. In each case, applicants are asked to share what they have learned, how the experience was useful, or how it will be useful in a future career as a physician.

For each experience, applicants must provide a verifier who may be contacted to confirm what has been shared.

Activities or life experiences may be reused for different core values as long as there is a clear connection between the experience and the core value. A minimum of four and a maximum of eight life experiences will be considered.

Schulich Medicine understands and recognizes that not all individuals have had equal opportunities for volunteering, research or extracurricular activities due to life circumstances. Applicants who have had unusual life circumstances will have the opportunity to explain those circumstances so that we better understand who they are. They can be assured that their Autobiographical Sketch will be reviewed with attention to these limitations.

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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.

Referees should be individuals who know the applicant well but are not family members or personal friends.

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Invitation for Interview

In order to have a fair selection process balancing both academic and non-academic attributes, applicants are evaluated based on a composite of information including achievement of GPA and MCAT minimum thresholds and a description of unique life experiences that demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the School’s core values of diversity, teamwork and leadership, social accountability and responsibility, and self-directed learning, problem-solving and critical inquiry.

Schulich Medicine has moved toward a more holistic assessment of applicants based on academic and non-academic traits. This is in keeping with many medical schools across North America that employ personal statements, CASPER, etc. We believe there are wonderful applicants who are missed when we rely strictly on academic metrics. Every person is shaped by his/her experiences and personal attributes. The holistic assessment takes into account these experiences and attributes, as well as how an applicant would potentially contribute to the future practice of medicine.

To be eligible for an interview, applicants are evaluated according to the following criteria:

STEP 1: Academic Evaluation

GPA and MCAT cutoffs are based on the quality of the applicant pool and may vary from year to year. Meeting the minimum requirements does NOT guarantee an invitation for an interview.

GPA and MCAT minimums for the 2018/2019 cycle are as follows:

Non-Southwestern Ontario Applicants (applicants who have not completed all four years of high school and graduated from one of our designated Southwestern Ontario counties of Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Elgin, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent, and Essex):

GPA: 3.70 (in each of the two best undergraduate years)

MCAT
BBFLS 126
CPBS   126
CARS   128
Total Score 380

Southwestern Ontario Applicants (applicants who completed all four years of high school and graduated from one of our designated Southwestern Ontario counties of Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Elgin, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent, and Essex):

GPA: 3.70 (in each of the two best undergraduate years)

MCAT
BBFLS 125
CPBS   125
CARS   125
Total Score 380

STEP 2: Non-Academic Evaluation

Only competitive applications proceed to non-academic assessment, consisting of review of the Western Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch and Confidential Assessment Forms.

If your GPA and MCAT met our minimum requirements but you did not receive an invitation for an interview, your non-academic evaluation may not have garnered a rank high enough for interviews. This does not necessarily mean your Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch was lacking experiences but that the applicant pool was competitive. We are not looking for any specific extracurricular activities or experiences in our Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch. Some of you may have done research or volunteering, some of you may not have. We also do not require you to have any specific publications. Consider reflecting on your Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch: Did you answer all the questions? Were your responses clear and well-written? Did you address the attributes listed?

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Interview

Select applicants will be invited for an interview. Interviews are structured and standardized, 45-minutes duration, with a three-person panel consisting of a physician, a community member, and a senior medical student.

Each applicant invited for an interview will also be required to complete a short written component where they are asked to read and summarize a passage according to instructions.

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Citizenship

Applicants to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada at the time of application. Permanent Residents of Canada must submit a copy of the front and back of their current Permanent Residency card to OMSAS by the application deadline.

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English Proficiency

Schulich Medicine reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant whose facility in written and/or spoken English is judged to be inadequate.

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Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine

Expectations for applicants who wish to enter the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program must align with the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) as expressed in their document Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine.

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Statement of Potential Health Risks and Immunization Requirements

Schulich Medicine students 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 MD Program will be sent complete documentation regarding health status policies and immunization requirements. Documentation of immunization and tuberculin status will be required.

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Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

Schulich Medicine 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, Schulich Medicine requires all students provide, as a condition of their admission into the MD Program, a current Police Records Check including a Vulnerable Sector (Position) Screening.

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