Frequently Asked Questions: Medical (OMSAS)

How will my GPA for my international institutions be calculated?

We do not include grades from institutions outside of Canada and the United States in the GPA calculations.

How will the OUAC convert my GPA from institutions that are in the United States?

First, we review your transcript to determine the applicable scale. Once this is done and your transcript is processed, you can view your application data online. This typically happens in November for OMSAS, December for OLSAS and February for ORPAS. We will email you when this information is available…

I am applying to the University of Toronto as an MD/PhD applicant. What additional materials do I need to submit and how do I submit them?

You are required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM), as outlined on the University of Toronto’s information page in the OMSAS Application Guide.

If you apply to the MD/PhD program, you must also submit 3 additional letters of reference, along with the accompanying MD/PhD Reference Form.

MD/PhD reference letters are confidential and must be either mailed directly to OMSAS or submitted via the online reference system, through your OMSAS application. They will not be accepted via SAM.

I am not sure who I should choose as a referee. Can you help me?

We cannot advise you on the selection of referees.

Review the requirements for each school listed in the application guide. If you still require more information, you will need to contact the universities directly.

I am trying to sign up for my Casper test, but I don’t have an OMSAS Reference Number yet. What number can I use instead?

Applications: Medical (OMSAS) Categories: During Application

You can use your application number from any Canadian medical school that uses Casper to sign up.

If you are applying only to Ontario schools, you can write Casper only on the Ontario dates. Spaces are unlimited so it is not a concern to wait…

I didn’t get accepted this year and want to apply again next year. Where can I receive a copy of my application, and will OMSAS keep my references and transcripts?

Applications: Medical (OMSAS) Categories: After Applying

You can print off a copy of your application by logging into your account. This must be done before the end of June as your account will be deleted after that time. All transcripts and references are destroyed at the end of the cycle. Applicants are required to submit new references and transcripts each year…

I have an international medical degree. Where can I obtain information about practicing medicine in Canada?

Applications: Medical (OMSAS) Categories: Before Applying

Individuals who have graduated from a medical school outside of Canada or the US should contact the Touchstone Institute…

I made a mistake in my school submission. How do I change it?

Applications: Medical (OMSAS) Categories: After Applying

The medical schools do not accept changes to the sketch, school submissions or verifiers. If mistakes are made, they can be brought to the attention of the medical schools during their interview process. If a medical school attempts to contact a verifier without success, they will contact the applicant directly for updated information…

If I accept an offer from 1 university, do I remain on the wait lists for my other choices?

Applications: Medical (OMSAS) Categories: After Applying

No, if you accept an offer, you will be removed from all wait lists…