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Admission Requirements

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Thank you for considering applying to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program at the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Effective July 2018, we will be incorporating a more holistic approach towards applicants to Schulich Medicine.  Emphasis will be not only on academics but also on non-academic traits and life experiences, ensuring our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In particular, we encourage ALL individuals (regardless of ethnicity, age, gender identity, socioeconomic status, faith, etc.) to apply to Schulich Medicine. To ensure a holistic approach, in addition to grades and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, we will be requiring applicants to complete an Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch to help us determine who should be selected for interviews.

In the Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch, we want to hear your story and what makes you unique.  We look forward to welcoming you as a future student at our School.  

Please note: Admissions policies for Schulich Medicine are reviewed annually and admission requirements from previous years may not apply.  The University reserves the right to review and change admission requirments at any time, without notice.

Possessing the minimum requirements does not ensure an interview or offer of admission.

Citizenship

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. 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.

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

GPA

Applicants must meet the minimum GPA in each of their 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 the 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.

GPA requirements may vary for each applicant pool. For 2017/2018 application cycle cutoffs, please see GPA and MCAT minimum requirements.

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

Admission to the Doctor of Medicine Program is highly competitive and possessing the minimum requirements does not ensure an interview or offer of admission. For 2017/2018 application cycle cutoffs, please see GPA and MCAT minimum requirements.

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

Other Essential Elements

Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch

We are interested in hearing how your life experiences (employment, volunteering, research, extracurriculars, or general life experiences) connect with Schulich Medicine’s four core values of diversity, teamwork/leadership, social accountability/responsibility, and self-directed learning/critical inquiry.

In the PDF form on OMSAS, please link 4 to 8 of your experiences to each of the four core values listed. In each case, we ask that you list for us what you have learned and how the experience was or will be useful to your future career as a physician.

For each experience listed, you must provide a contact person who can verify what you have done.

We understand and recognize that not all individuals have had equal opportunities for volunteering, research, extracurriculars due to life circumstances. We assure you that your file will be reviewed with attention to these limitations. If you have had unusual life circumstances, you are given the opportunity to explain those circumstances to us so we can better understand who you are.

Confidential Assessment Form

References are required from three (3) 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. Interviews are structured and standardized, 45-minutes duration, with a 3-person panel consisting of one physician, one senior medical student, and one community representative. Each applicant invited for interview will be required to complete a short written component where they are asked to read and summarize a passage according to instructions.

English Proficiency

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

Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine

Expectations for applicants who wish to enter the Schulich Medicine MD Program 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.

Post Admission Requirements

Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

Medical students interact with vulnerable populations through the course of the MD Program. In recognition of the requirements of clinical agencies to ensure that medical students do not place vulnerable populations at risk, Schulich Medicine requires all medical students to provide a current Police Records Check and a Vulnerable Sector Screening (PVSC) as a condition of admission into the MD program.

Basic Life Support Training

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

Statement on Potential Health Risks and Immunization Requirements

Medical students are required to care for persons with infectious diseases, such as influenza, Hepatitis B, HIV and Tuberculosis, should they be assigned to them. Applicants accepted into the MD program will be sent complete documentation regarding health status policies and immunization requirements.

The MD program admission policy is reviewed annually. Admission requirements from previous years may not apply. The University reserves the right to review and change admission requirements at any time without notice.