Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program?

To be eligible to apply to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program, you must meet each of the following admission requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • 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 June 30 of the academic year in which application is being made. If currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, you must be in the final year of the program to be eligible to apply.
  • Meet the minimum GPA in each of your two best undergraduate years, where each year contains a full course load of five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April, with at least three full or equivalent courses (18 credit hours) whose published academic level is at or above the year of study:
    • Year 1: three of five full course equivalents at or above the first-year level.
    • Year 2: three of five full course equivalents at or above the second-year level.
    • Year 3, 4 or additional undergraduate years: three of five full course equivalents at or above the third-year level.
  • Meet the minimum score in each section of the MCAT.
Application to Schulich Medicine is very competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not ensure acceptance into the program.

Is there a preferred undergraduate program that will increase my chance of acceptance to the MD Program?

No. Students are selected from a wide range of disciplines such as arts and humanities, engineering, sciences, and social sciences. No preference is given to any specific program.

Are there prerequisite courses?

No. A mixture of biological/medical science courses and social science/humanities courses is recommended but there are no prerequisite courses.

What are the course level requirements?

In each of the two years used for the GPA requirement, applicants must meet the following course level requirements:

  • Year 1: three of five full course equivalents at or above the first-year level.
  • Year 2: three of five full course equivalents at or above the second-year level.
  • Year 3, 4 or additional undergraduate years: three of five full course equivalents at or above the third-year level.

Course level restrictions apply only to the two years considered for GPA. In addition, only one full or equivalent Pass/Fail credit is permissible in each year considered for GPA.

How does Schulich Medicine determine who does or does not receive an interview?

In order to have a fair selection process balancing both academic and non-academic attributes, applicants are evaluated on a composite of information including GPA and MCAT minimums, Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch, and Confidential Assessment Forms.

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

STEP 1: Academic Evaluation
GPA and MCAT minimums 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.

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. 

For complete information about GPA and MCAT minimum scores and the Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch, visit the Admission Requirements webpage.

How does Schulich Medicine determine who is from Southwestern Ontario?

The Schulich Medicine Admissions Committee defines Southwestern Ontario as consisting of the following counties: Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Elgin, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent, and Essex. Applicants who attended all four years and graduated from high school within these counties would be considered a Southwestern Ontario applicant.

If invited for an interview, Southwestern Ontario applicants must bring an original high school transcript. 

Besides GPA and MCAT, what else is important for acceptance into the MD Program?

Variety is the spice of life, so don’t focus only on your studies. We care about the life experiences, values, and attributes that make you a unique individual. We are interested in mature, well-rounded future doctors. Feel free to tell us about your academic and non-academic experiences that have contributed to shaping you as an individual.

I am a graduate student. How does the admission process work?

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

Applicants enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application must complete ALL of their degree program requirements by the following deadlines:

  • Thesis-based graduate degree program: June 30
  • Course-based graduate degree program: August 15

Withdrawal from a graduate degree program in order to enroll in Schulich Medicine will not be acceptable. Also, we do not grant deferrals or deadline extensions for completion of a graduate degree.

For applicants enrolled in graduate degree programs at the time of application, please visit the Admission Requirements webpage for additional information.

Does having a graduate degree increase my chance of acceptance to the MD Program?

No. Schulich Medicine does not consider graduate courses for GPA; only undergraduate years are used. Applicants currently enrolled in a master's program are encouraged to explore the Schulich Medicine MD/PhD program.

I am a part-time undergraduate student. Can I apply to the MD Program?

Yes. Applicants can attend university part-time and still be considered for admission to the MD Program. However, to meet the GPA requirement applicants must spend at least two years in full-time study during which they take five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) between September and April.

The admissions process does not penalize students who continue to study part-time after obtaining an undergraduate degree.

I completed my undergraduate degree in less than four years. Can I apply to the MD Program?

Yes. Applicants who complete the requirements of a four-year undergraduate degree (20 full or equivalent courses) in less than four years may apply to the MD Program without penalty. However, they will still be assessed on the GPA achieved in their two best years during which they have completed a full course load of five full or equivalent courses taken between September and April

Course load and course level requirements will need to be considered carefully whenever a degree is completed in less than four years. For example, if an undergraduate degree is completed in two years, then both of those years would be used for GPA calculation and considered as Years 3 and 4.

How is GPA calculated?

GPA is calculated using the OMSAS Conversion Scale

Minimum GPA, as determined by the Medicine Admissions Committee each year, must be met by the applicant in each of the two best undergraduate years during which they have five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April, with at least 3 full or equivalent courses (18 credit hours) whose published academic level is at or above the appropriate year of study.

Regardless of degree program requirements, any year with less than a full course load cannot be considered for GPA.

Will my GPA be rounded up?

No, we do not round up GPA. For example, a GPA of 3.69 would not be rounded up to 3.70.

I’d like to use my fourth year GPA. Do I need to take three of five courses at the fourth year level?

No. To use your fourth year for GPA consideration, three of five full-course equivalents must be at the third-year level or above.

How does Schulich Medicine consider the GPA of co-op students?

Schulich Medicine will consider the best two academic years consisting of the two terms which combine to complete one of the mandatory years of the program, e.g. Terms 2A/2B, 3A/3B, etc.  We will not consider two terms belonging to different academic years, e.g. 3B/4A. Three of five full-course equivalents must be at or above the published academic level of the year of study.

I have a clinical placement that is graded pass/fail; it is part of my degree requirement. Am I still eligible to apply?

Schulich Medicine will consider individuals completing undergraduate studies that require clinical placements on a case-by-case basis. For GPA requirement, we cannot consider program years that include more than one full or equivalent pass/fail course (6 credit hours).

Accelerated and compressed Nursing programs often have mandatory pass/fail courses and clinical placements which can make it difficult for applicants with a nursing degree to meet our GPA requirement. In such cases, we may be able to use one year from the first undergraduate degree, provided that year satisfies our admission requirements.

I am still in school but have only one year that meets the minimum GPA. Can I apply?

Yes. If you have one undergraduate year that meets the minimum GPA and you are currently enrolled in full-time studies that meet the appropriate course level and course load in the final year of your undergraduate degree, you are eligible to apply. If you were to receive an offer of admission, it would be conditional upon meeting the minimum GPA in your current year of study, with five full-course equivalents at the requisite levels.

After graduating, can I take an additional undergraduate year to improve my academic standing?

Yes. Applicants who have earned a degree from a recognized North American university may elect to take an additional year of full-time undergraduate studies – a Special Year.

  • Prior to the Special Year, applicants must already have one undergraduate year (September to April) that meets the minimum GPA, course load and course level requirements as previously outlined.
  • Only the first Special Year will be considered for GPA. The Special Year may be the current year of application.
  • A Special Year must contain 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.

I am working towards or recently completed a second undergraduate degree. Can I apply?

Yes. Applicants who embark on a second undergraduate degree are eligible to apply during the final year of their new degree program. The second degree must be equivalent to a four-year degree, even though it may take less than four years to complete. In this situation, GPA consideration will be based on the two best years of the second degree program. Course load and course level requirements for the second degree are analogous to the requirements of the first degree. For example, if your second degree is completed in two years, those two years would be used for GPA purposes and would be considered to be Years 3 and 4.

Applicants who receive a conditional offer must complete all program requirements for the second degree by June 30.

Repeat, antirequisite and summer courses

Schulich Medicine does not accept repeat or antirequisite courses. If a course is repeated, that course is not counted in the course load for that year, nor is it factored into the GPA calculation for that year. If an applicant takes five full or equivalent courses from September to April but one of them is a repeat course, that year will be considered to have less than a full course load and will not be considered for GPA.

Summer courses are not counted as part of the September to April course load, and thus not eligible for GPA consideration. The only exception is co-op degree programs. Applicants who are not enrolled in a co-op program cannot use the grades from summer courses.

How does Schulich Medicine consider MCAT scores?

Applicants must meet the GPA and MCAT minimums before being considered for non-academic assessment. MCAT minimums are re-set annually depending on the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

If applicants do not meet the required minimums in each section as set by the Medicine Admissions Committee, their application will not be considered. All sections of the MCAT may be considered.

For additional information, please visit the Admission Requirements webpage.

I met the MCAT minimums in all but one section. Can I still apply?

You may still consider applying. Since MCAT minimums are re-set annually depending on the competitiveness of the applicant pool, the MCAT minimums in the application year may differ from those in previous years. However, it is important to recognize that MCAT minimums may not fluctuate greatly from year to year, and it is unusual for applicants with an MCAT below the 50th percentile in a section (i.e. below 125) to be competitive.

Schulich Medicine takes into account each section of the MCAT independently for admission. Applicants must meet the minimum score in each section in order for their application to be considered further.

Southwestern Ontario applicants are granted some flexibility with the minimum scores in the individual sections of the MCAT as long as the combined total is met. Please visit the Admission Requirements webpage for complete details about MCAT minimums.

I plan to write the MCAT in August/September. Can I still apply?

Yes, as long as the MCAT is written prior to the application deadline. Please note: it takes two business days for OMSAS to receive your scores after they are released.

I wrote the MCAT before 2015. Will Schulich Medicine accept my scores?

No. Applicants must have written the MCAT introduced in April 2015. Test scores from the previous version of the MCAT will not be considered.

I appealed my MCAT results; my scores are being revised.

Applicants must request the AAMC to submit results of the revised MCAT directly to OMSAS. Once Schulich Medicine receives the revised scores from OMSAS, they will be used to assess an application.

I did not receive an invitation for an interview. Can I ask for feedback?

After reviewing our Admission Requirements, if you believe an error was made on an academic parameter, please contact us as soon as possible. We are happy to ensure that no errors have been made.

If you met the academic requirements but did not receive an invitation for an interview, it is likely due to your non-academic assessment not being competitive enough compared to the applicant pool this year. Since we receive a large number of applications ever year, we regret that we are unable to provide individualized feedback regarding non-academic assessments.

What activities are you looking for in the Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch?

We are not looking for any specific extracurricular activities or experiences. Some applicants may have done research or volunteering, some may not. We also do not require any specific publications, etc. We are expecting, however, that applicants have participated in activities that align with Schulich Medicine's core values of:

  • teamwork and leadership,
  • respect for diversity, equity and inclusion,
  • social accountability and social responsibility, and
  • self-directed learning, problem-solving and critical inquiry.

We want to hear about the life experiences that are most relevant to applicants, as well as what makes them unique, what they value, and for what do they have passion and drive.

Does Schulich Medicine offer any combined degree programs?

MD/PhD Program

  • Three seats are set aside each year for applicants to the MD/PhD program. For details, please visit the MD/PhD program website.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD/MSc Program
  • One seat is set aside each year for an applicant to the OMFS/MD/MSc program. For details, please visit the OMFS program website.

Does Schulich Medicine accept transfer students?

Transfer consideration is restricted to citizens or permanent residents of Canada currently enrolled in a Canadian medical school, and only into Year Three of the MD Program if a vacancy exists due to attrition. For detailed information, please refer to the Statement on Transfer of Student for Program Studies in UME.

What if I don't receive an all clear status on my police check?

In the rare instance that an applicant does not receive all clear status, the Executive of the Medicine Admissions Committee may request a meeting with the applicant. The Committee's decision is final.

If an applicant has ever been convicted of a criminal offence for which they have not received a pardon, an applicant is strongly urged to consult with their provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons, as medical graduates with criminal records may not be eligible to receive licensure to practice medicine.

Whom do I contact with questions or for further information?

Admissions Office
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Health Sciences Addition, Room H103
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1
t. 519.661.3744 | f. 519.850.2360 | e. admissions.medicine@schulich.uwo.ca