OMSAS – Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

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Applicant Responsibilities

Become familiar with and observe the application procedures for each medical school you apply to.


  • Failure to comply with the admission requirements and deadlines may result in your application being cancelled.
  • Application fees are non‑refundable.
  • Faxed documentation will not be accepted.

Supporting Documentation

  • Submit your application and all supporting documentation before the deadlines.
    • OMSAS will forward supporting documentation received after the deadline to the applicable medical schools; however, OMSAS cannot guarantee that the medical schools will consider these documents.
    • Normally, unsolicited application materials and information will not be considered for admission purposes.
    • Submit all required transcripts and documentation, as specified by the medical schools you apply to.
    • Arrange with the Registrar’s Office(s) of each university, college or CEGEP that you have attended to send complete official transcript(s) of all course work completed to date directly to OMSAS.
    • If you attended or are currently enrolled at an Ontario university, you must use the TRF in the online application.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all references are received by the deadline.
  • Beginning the third week of September, after you have submitted your application, you can inquire online to determine which transcripts and mailed references, OMSAS has received. You must wait 2 business days after submitting your application and paying your application fees before you can access this tool.

Supporting documentation includes: Transcripts and reference letters.

Supplementary Documentation

Once you submit your application, you can access Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) to upload your supplementary documentation, as required by the universities you apply to.

Supplementary Documentation includes: Proof of citizenship/landed immigrant status (not required if you are a Canadian citizen), proof of Aboriginal/Indigenous status and CV (Toronto graduate and MD/PhD applicants only).

Note: SAM can take 2 business days to be activated after your application is submitted.

Verify Your Application Information

You will receive an OUAC/OMSAS Reference Number (2018-80xxxx) and an acknowledgement email from OMSAS when you submit and pay for your application. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email, contact OMSAS immediately.

Once your payment is processed, you can inquire online to determine what supporting documents OMSAS has received. Check the “Verify Receipt of Your Application” link on the “Complete” page.

OMSAS will perform an item‑by‑item review to compare all courses on the academic record against your official university transcripts. Beginning in November, and after this review, you will have access to an online verification report that indicates the data OMSAS has on file.

The report will identify any missing transcripts or Confidential Assessment forms. Access the report by logging in to your submitted application with your user ID and password, and selecting the appropriate link.

Accept Your Offers of Admission

First-round offers of admission are sent out on May 8, 2018.

You may hold only 1 offer of admission acceptance to an Ontario medical school at any time.

Once you accept an offer of admission, you will be removed from the wait lists of the other Ontario medical schools. Responses to offers of admission must be submitted using SAM.

Application for Advanced Standing and Transfer

Applicants for advanced standing and transfer must contact the individual medical schools directly.


Some medical schools offer scholarships to certain applicants from specified groups. For information about scholarship availability and criteria, consult the academic calendar of the particular university or medical school.

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Applicant Requirements

Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Studying Medicine


Information about the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) can be obtained from:

300‑171 Nepean Street
Ottawa ON  K2P 0B4

Telephone: 613‑237‑0075

If you are considering applying to non‑Canadian medical schools, understand that your access to residency positions in Ontario after graduating from such schools could be severely limited.


Regulations about licensure in Ontario should be obtained from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Note: If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, you are strongly advised to consult with the Admissions Office of the medical schools you are applying to, or consult with the College of Physicians and Surgeons at 416‑967‑2600.

  1. Have you ever been convicted of an offence (not including traffic violations) for which a pardon has not been granted?
  2. Are there any criminal charges pending against you?

Medical school graduates with criminal records may not be eligible to receive registration (licence) to practice medicine.

Graduates from a medical school outside of Canada and/or the United States should contact Touchstone Institute.

Police Record Check

Once you are accepted, some schools require you to undergo police record checks. You will not be registered until this check is complete. The medical schools reserve the right to withdraw an offer of admission based on the results of the police record check. For specific details, refer to each school’s requirements.

If any criminal charges are laid against you after the police record check is completed, you are required to disclose this information to the medical schools that offered you admission. The medical schools reserve the right to revoke admission offers and/or registration at any time, as a result of reviewing information pertaining to criminal charges.


You must complete a CPR Basic Rescuer Course (Level C) and be able to produce valid certificates before enrollment in medical school.

For McMaster, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and Ottawa, incoming students must provide evidence of a valid certificate in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.

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