I am confused by Ottawa’s requirements for the research component of the sketch. Can I include school research projects in this section?
Research projects included in the sketch should be projects completed independent of formal studies. If they form part of the mandatory components of an applicant’s program, they will not be scored.
I am in a co-op program and do not attend university during the fall/winter sessions. How do I enter my semesters?
You should link 2 semesters together, regardless of whether or not they are consecutive semesters, to make up a full academic year.
I am trying to sign up for the CASPer test but when I enter my OMSAS IT number in the User ID, it says that the OMSAS ID can only be 6-digits long. What ID do I use to sign up for my CASPer test?
You cannot use your IT number to sign up for the CASPer test. Once you submit your OMSAS application you will receive a 6-digit reference number which you will use for the CASPer test. Note: Please use your current 2018 reference number to sign up for the CASPer test. You cannot use a previous year’s…
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?
You can print off a copy of your application by logging into your account. This must be done before June 30, 2018, as your account will be deleted after that date. All applicants are required to submit new references and transcripts each year.
I have a foreign medical degree. Where can I obtain information about practicing medicine in Canada?
Individuals who have graduated from a medical school outside of Canada or the US should contact the Touchstone Institute.
Yes, enter all of your Pass/Fail courses into the online application.
Applicants with a dual concurrent degree should enter only one of the two degrees, and list all courses under that one. The schools will be aware of the second degree from your transcript, and you can also enter both degrees as part of your autobiographical sketch.
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.
I wish to apply to the Ottawa French program, but also to the remaining schools in English. Which application should I use?
Because the French application does not present any questions in English, you should use the English application. You can then answer the Ottawa sections in French, and fill out the remainder of the application in English. You should use the French application if you are applying only to the Ottawa French program.
The Confidential Assessment forms should be received by October 2, 2017. Failure to meet this deadline will delay the first evaluation and your application will be sent to the medical schools without these forms. For more information about individual reference deadlines, please review the OMSAS Application Guide.