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 at Schulich Medicine, 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 the end of the academic year in which application is being made. 
  • Meet the minimum GPA in each of your two best undergraduate years with a full course load of five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April.
  • Meet the minimum score in each section of the MCAT.

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 including arts and humanities, engineering, sciences, and social sciences, to name a few. 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 100-level.
  • Year 2: three of five full course equivalents at or above the 200-level.
  • Year 3, 4 or 5: three of five full course equivalents at or above the 300-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?

To be considered for an interview, an applicant must meet the minimum GPA and MCAT scores as posted on our website and complete an Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch. 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, Kent, and Essex. Applicants who attended all four years of high school in one of 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. Get involved with programs and events locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Extra-curricular activities, community service, and volunteering are important and make for well-rounded students and future doctors.

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. However, applicants who have a conferred graduate degree by the application deadline are awarded bonus points.

Applicants enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application must complete the degree. Withdrawal from a graduate degree program in order to enroll in Schulich Medicine will not be acceptable.

For complete details about applicants enrolled in graduate degree programs at the time of application, please visit the Admission Requirements webpage.

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.

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 completed a full course load of five full or equivalent courses taken between September and April.

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

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 3A and 3B.  We will not consider two terms belonging to different academic years, e.g. 3B and 4A. Three of five full-course equivalents must be at or above the 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?

Yes. Schulich Medicine will consider individuals completing undergraduate studies that require clinical placements. However, for GPA requirement we cannot consider program years that include more than one full or equivalent pass/fail course.

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, 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 continue in full-time undergraduate studies – a Special Year – to improve their academic standing to apply to the MD Program.

  • Applicants must already have one undergraduate year that meets the minimum GPA
  • Only the first Special Year will be considered for GPA
  • The Special Year must consist of five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April
  • Not acceptable in the Special Year: first-year courses, repeat/antirequisite courses, pass/fail courses, and second-year courses that do not require a first-year prerequisite

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

Repeated, 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?

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioural, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

MCAT scores may be used both to screen applicants for interview and subsequently to assist in rank ordering applicants. 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?

No. 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.

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.

Indigenous and/or Southwestern Ontario applicants

Schulich Medicine is committed to improving health care delivery and health resources in Southwestern Ontario and Indigenous communities. Applicants who indicate on their OMSAS application that they are from Southwestern Ontario and/or Indigenous communities will receive special consideration.

Please visit the Southwestern Ontario Applicants webpage and Indigenous Applicants webpage for more details.

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