OMSAS – NOSM University

Last updated: July 4, 2022

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About NOSM University

April 1, 2022, marked history as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) became NOSM University, Canada’s first independent medical university.

Founded in 2002 as a strategy to address the critical physician shortage in Northern Ontario, NOSM has much to show for its short history. The University’s unique distributed, community-engaged learning (DCEL) model has grown into something extraordinary. This model includes strong ties and engagement with remote, rural, Indigenous and francophone communities.

With main campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, NOSM University collaborates with more than 100 organizations, in more than 90 communities, and with more than 1,800 clinical, human and medical sciences faculty dispersed across all of Northern Ontario.

The DCEL model of education and research instills a complex understanding of rural health and an educational experience that is grounded in the realities of community-based health care. Medical students receive clinical education in a variety of setting – hospitals, health centres and family practices – witness health challenges first-hand and are introduced to the distinct languages, cultures, lifestyle opportunities and learning environments of Northern Ontario.

The health care needs of the Northern population are complex; this region has the most vulnerable, unhealthy populations of any geography in Ontario. Northern Ontario has the highest rates in the province for addictions, mental health, cardiac disease, cancer and diabetes. The region also has an aging population and a life expectancy that is, on average, 2 years lower than that in the rest of the province. In addition, it has a high number of far north and remote First Nations communities who face food insecurity, longstanding boil water advisories and high rates of chronic diseases.

NOSM University is purpose-built to respond to the emerging challenges of a complex and fragile health care system in Northern Ontario. We strive to transform the system and reach underserved communities to deliver true and sustainable health equity to the 800,000 people in the region.

Our aim is to have class profiles that reflect the demographics of the Northern Ontario population by recruiting students who have lived in Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in, and aptitude for, practising medicine in Northern urban, rural, remote, Indigenous and francophone communities.

We are committed to recruiting medical students with diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous, Black, LGBTQ2S+ and francophone students; competitive applicants who will demonstrate a high level of self-motivation, are self-directed and thrive in a small-group, case-based and distributed-learning environment.

MD Program

The 4-year MD program at NOSM University provides students with a unique mix of learning opportunities in a diverse range of sites, including Indigenous and francophone communities.

Selection for the University’s undergraduate program will favour those who are likely to thrive in the challenging northern and rural learning environments, including applicants from within Northern Ontario, rural and remote areas in the rest of Canada, and Indigenous and francophone applicants.

The focus of our MD program is on graduating skilled physicians who are ready and able to pursue further training and clinical practice anywhere, but who have a special affinity for, and comfort in, Northern Ontario.

Patient-centred Curriculum

Patient-centred Medicine (PCM) is the major underlying concept of health and medicine in our MD program. PCM is a comprehensive clinical method with 6 interactive components supported by substantial and growing research evidence. It links well to Learner-centered Education, which is the underlying concept of our overall education.

The curriculum is organized around 6 themes throughout the 4-year program:

  1. Northern and Rural Health
  2. Personal and Professional Aspects of Medical Practice
  3. Social and Population Health
  4. Foundations of Medicine
  5. Introduction to Clinical Medicine (years 1 and 2) and Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics (years 3 and 4)
  6. Medical Career

The curriculum is highly integrated, where much of your learning is small‑group, patient-centred and case-based. The cases present complex, real-life scenarios that present people in their home, family and community contexts.

You will also participate in hands-on practical classes, self-directed learning and clinical education in a range of different health service and community settings.

Through the mix of themes and different learning modalities, the program covers core curricula to ensure a strong grounding in:

  • basic medical sciences,
  • humanities,
  • social and behavioural sciences, and
  • clinical medicine.

We based the foundation for our 4-year undergraduate medical education curriculum on the social accountability mandate of providing a program that meets both your needs and the health care needs of the people of Northern Ontario.

To meet this mandate, we employ a distributed community‑engaged model to deliver the curriculum.

Clinical Education in Northern Ontario

Clinical education starts at the beginning of the program and occurs in a range of different settings. Community-based medical education is a key component of the program, where you will learn in:

  • other and larger hospitals,
  • health services,
  • family practices and
  • various community settings.

This approach ensures you gain diverse clinical knowledge and skills, and experience the special features of Northern Ontario, including:

  • a diversity of cultures;
  • varying morbidity and mortality patterns with specific clinical challenges; and
  • a wide range of health service delivery models, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary co-operation and the whole health team.

Integrated Community Experience (ICE)

It is an MD program graduation requirement that you, individually or in groups of 2 or more, be relocated from your assigned campus for ICE.

  • In year 1, ICE is a 4-week experience in an Indigenous community.
  • In year 2, there are 2 placements in select remote/rural communities for a minimum of 4 scheduled weeks.
  • In year 3, you must complete an 8-month longitudinal Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) experience in one of the many communities throughout Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario.

Communication Information Technology

Communication information technology is essential to the success of our undergraduate medical program. Many of your learning materials are provided through electronic communications, making full use of the wealth of educational resources available.

Whether you are located in the large regional centres of Thunder Bay or Sudbury, or in the smallest, most remote communities, you will have the same access to information and educational resources as you would in a large metropolitan teaching hospital.

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Admission Policies and Procedures

We reserve the right to review and change the admission requirements at any time without notice.

We strictly observe all application deadlines. This applies to receiving the application and all relevant documentation. We advise you to follow the application instructions precisely.

If you fail to meet the deadlines or to follow the application instructions, your application will be disqualified.

We do not hold applications from one year to the next. Unsuccessful applicants will be required to re-apply through OMSAS with a new application for the following admission cycle.

We offer 64 places divided between our 2 campuses located in Sudbury and Thunder Bay.

We also work in partnership with the Department of National Defense to offer up to 5 additional Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) seats.

When you apply to NOSM University, you will be asked to indicate your preferred campus.

Note: While we will endeavour to assign you to your preferred campus upon admission, we cannot guarantee you will be offered a seat at your preferred campus.

Citizenship

You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) prior to October 3, 2022, to apply.

Proof of citizenship will be required as a condition of offer of admission.

Advanced Standing or Transfer

Due to the integrated nature of the curriculum, we cannot accept transfer students.

If you are accepted to the medical school, you must complete the full 4 years of the medical program.

English-language Proficiency

To be a student, you must be proficient in written and spoken English. All application materials must be submitted in English except for the following:

  • Confidential Assessment Forms (CAFs), which may be submitted by referees in French.
  • Essay and letter of recommendation for the Francophone Admission Stream must be submitted in French.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant whose facility in written and spoken English is judged to be inadequate.

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Falsification of Application Information

We reserve the right to determine the veracity of any and all statements in the application.

If any application information is found to be false or misleading, concealed or withheld, your application will be disqualified. If this is discovered after your offer of admission is sent, your offer will be withdrawn.

If these circumstances are discovered after you are admitted into the medical program, you will be required to withdraw from the program and barred from applying to NOSM University for 5 years.

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Admission Selection Process

Applications are initially screened and scored based on 3 components:

  1. Grade point average (GPA)
  2. Autobiographical Sketch (ABS) and supplementary questions
  3. Context

Context is scored based on each of the following geographic or cultural criteria:

  1. Rural background: Based on years lived in a rural community anywhere in Canada that is defined using the Statistics Canada classification of communities.
  2. Northern background: Based on years lived in Northern Ontario or another Canadian northern region.
  3. Francophone applicants who apply through the NOSM University Francophone Admission Stream.
  4. Indigenous applicants who apply through the NOSM University Indigenous Admissions Application Stream.

Note: We do not have any “out-of-province” spots or quotas. We consider all applicants by the same criteria, as listed in the Admission Selection Process.

The scoring weight of each component is approximately 1/3. The combination of the scores from these 3 components will determine if you are offered an interview.

We base the final selection of applicants receiving an offer of admission on a combination of:

  • the pre‑interview score (50%),
  • the interview score (50%) and
  • a complete file review by the Admission Selection Committee.

We also review CAFs at this point in the selection process.

Incomplete applications and/or those that do not meet the minimum requirements will be disqualified.

We do not consider these items in selection:

  • Age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, sexual orientation
  • MCAT (you are not required to write the MCAT to apply to NOSM University)

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Academic Eligibility

The minimum admission requirement is a 4-year undergraduate university degree, or equivalent, from a recognized institution in any discipline. We do not give preference to any particular discipline over another.

You may apply in the final year of your 4-year degree program; however, you are required to complete the program and provide proof of receiving your degree by June 30, 2023.

If your 4-year degree is completed through a transfer of credits from a college, you must have completed a minimum of 10 full-course credits, 20 half-course credits or a combination of course credits required.

Mature Applicants

If you are 25 years old or older by the application deadline, you are eligible for admission consideration based on completing a 3‑year undergraduate university degree in any discipline.

If you are a mature applicant and have completed your 3- or 4-year degree through a transfer of credits from a college, you must have completed a minimum of 10 full-course credits, 20 half-course credits or a combination at the university degree level at the time you apply.

Overall Grade Point Average (GPA)

You must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on the OMSAS 4.0 scale.

Grades will be converted to a 4.0 scale according to the OMSAS Undergraduate Grade Conversion Table. The GPA is calculated on all converted undergraduate course grades completed at a recognized institution as of October 3, 2022.

While this meets the minimum criterion for admission consideration, be aware that, given the rising level of competition for a limited number of positions, a higher GPA would provide you with a more reasonable chance of admission.

The following are included in the GPA calculation:

  • Grades for supplementary, spring, summer and part-time study and distance education courses.
  • If you repeated a course and both course grades appear on your transcript, both the past grade and the repeated grade will be included.

We will not consider the following in the GPA calculation:

  • Courses reflected on your transcript as “Pass” with no grade indicated.
    • If you are attending a program where “pass” or “credit” is given in some courses in lieu of a letter or numerical grade, independent grades from a minimum of 10 full-course credits, 20 half-course credits or a combination of course credits are required.
  • We will not include individual grades received for course work taken as part of a graduate degree in the GPA calculation.

You are required to verify your average in the Document Tracking section of your OMSAS application. We may also review this average.

If you have foreign grades or transcripts (from outside of Canada or the United States), including graduate work, refer to International Transcripts – Credentialing International Grades.

Applicants with a Graduate Degree

If you have a graduate degree (Master’s/PhD), you will not be considered for admission as part of a separate applicant pool. You will be assessed based on the minimum requirement of a 4‑year recognized undergraduate university degree (3‑year degree for mature applicants) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the OMSAS 4.0 scale.

After the initial GPA calculation, an additional 0.2 will be added to your undergraduate GPA to ensure compliance with the cut-off.

To be eligible for the addition of 0.2 to your GPA, you must meet 1 of the following 2 requirements:

  1. Your graduate degree is conferred and OMSAS has received your final transcript by December 1, 2022.
  2. Your registrar’s office sends an official letter to OMSAS by December 1, 2022, stating that you have met all the requirements of your graduate degree and are eligible to graduate in the spring of 2023.

You will not receive the additional 0.2 for more than 1 graduate degree.

Transcripts

If you attend/attended an Ontario university or college, you must submit an online transcript request through your OMSAS application.

We will accept transcripts from Ontario universities and colleges ordered through OMSAS via an online transcript request if OMSAS receives the request by the application deadline.

The postsecondary institutions you attended must submit all other required transcripts and registrar statements directly to OMSAS.

If you do not use an online transcript request, you should order transcripts before September 15, 2022, to allow adequate processing time and for OMSAS to receive them by the deadline. Be prepared to send OMSAS a copy of all dated postage receipts and correspondence related to your transcript requests by the application deadline, if required.

In the event of a missing or late transcript, you will be required to provide evidence to NOSM University that you requested transcripts in a timely fashion.

Transcript requirements:

  1. We require that you provide transcripts for all postsecondary courses/programs attended, including graduate degree work. This includes:
    • community colleges,
    • CEGEPs,
    • junior colleges,
    • pre-university programs, etc.
  2. OMSAS must receive transcripts and grades for courses taken on a Letter of Permission at another institution or that transfer credit/advanced standing was granted for by the application deadline.
    • This applies to courses and terms/semesters of study taken abroad as part of a regular program.
  3. We do not require evaluations of work terms done as part of a co-operative program.
  4. We will accept only transcripts sent directly to OMSAS by the postsecondary institution(s). We will not accept transcripts sent by you.

If you fail to report any courses, programs or grades on your Academic Record, your application will be disqualified.

Note: OMSAS will ask you to verify your application data in the Document Tracking section of your OMSAS application.

International Transcripts – Credentialing International Grades

If you have foreign grades or transcripts (from outside of Canada or the United States), including graduate work, you must have your credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency by World Education Services (WES).

If you are completing/completed foreign course work of 2 semesters or less, a WES evaluation is not required. We will not include grades that you obtained during the 2 semesters or less in the GPA calculation. In this case, however, the international university must send the transcript directly to OMSAS by the application deadline.

Credentialing assessment means converting international academic credentials into their Canadian educational equivalents. Foreign transcripts must have a Canadian WES evaluation; the evaluation must include a program equivalency conversion, an overall GPA conversion for each year of study and a course-by-course conversion.

If you have an international university education and meet the minimum academic degree requirement and course number requirement with Canadian or US undergraduate/graduate university degree level work, we will not use your international grades in calculating the GPA. You are still, however, required to have your credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency by WES.

If your WES evaluation includes a copy of your official transcript, you are not required to request a transcript from your registrar.

WES evaluation requests must be made before September 15, 2022, to allow adequate processing time and for OMSAS to receive them by the application deadline.

WES must send your WES report and a copy of your verified transcript directly to OMSAS by the application deadline.

Read more about WES evaluations.

Course Prerequisites

While there are no course requirements, we value applicants who present evidence of a broad undergraduate education. It is expected that:

  • If you have majors in science, you have completed at least 2 full-course equivalents in arts, social sciences and/or humanities.
  • If you have majors in arts, social sciences and/or humanities, you have completed at least 2 full-course equivalents in science.

Designation of a course as Arts, Social Science, Humanities or Science is determined by the institution you attend/attended.

If you are unsure of a course designation, check with the registrar’s office at the institution where the course is/was offered.

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Autobiographical Sketch (ABS), Supplementary Questions and Confidential Assessment Forms (References)

When reviewing the ABS, supplementary questions and CAFs, we assess attributes, activities and achievements in relation to NOSM University’s mission and values, and the MD program competencies.

Competitive applicants will demonstrate a high level of self-motivation, be self-directed and thrive in a small group, case-based, distributed learning environment.

The criteria we will examine include, but are not limited to:

  • demonstrated interest in living and working in Northern Ontario and/or rural, remote areas in Canada,
  • demonstrated interest in working with under-serviced populations (no matter where they are),
  • structured and non-structured experiences that demonstrate an ability to determine needs in your community and a willingness to play a part in filling those needs,
  • demonstrated interest in cross-cultural experiences and
  • employment, volunteer and extracurricular experiences (these are all equally valued).

You must provide a verifier for each of the activities listed.

Using your ABS, answer the following questions:

  1. Considering NOSM University’s self-directed, small group, distributed learning environment, select 1 entry from your ABS and describe how it has specifically prepared you for being a medical student at NOSM University.
  2. Select 1 entry from your ABS that has had a significant impact on your personal growth and describe how this experience has influenced your development and prepared you to be a medical student at NOSM University.
  3. Considering NOSM University’s social accountability mandate, select 1 entry from your ABS and describe how this experience has prepared you to learn and work in Northern Ontario and/or rural/remote settings.

In addition, you must answer the following 4 supplementary questions:

  1. Describe how you have developed resilience and coping mechanisms. How will you use these skills to support yourself during your medical training in making informed and rational decisions when faced with difficult circumstances?
  2. Describe an experience you have had interacting with individuals from backgrounds different from yours. How would this experience translate to working within a health care environment and/or with patients?
  3. Provide a specific example of when your work or performance was criticized. Explain how you responded to the criticism and how this experience contributed to your personal development/growth.
  4. NOSM University’s Social Accountability mandate is to improve the health of the people and the communities of Northern Ontario. Describe how you plan to embody this mandate as a medical student and future physician, and how this has factored into your decision to apply to NOSM University.

Verifiers

The Office of Admissions may wish to verify additional information about activities that are described in your ABS or supplementary questions.

You must provide the name, address, phone number and email for each verifier.

Let your verifiers know that they may be contacted by the Office of Admissions.

Activities that do not have a verifier are not included in scoring the ABS.

References

You are required to ask 3 different individuals to provide a reference on your behalf by completing a CAF. You should select referees who have extensive personal knowledge of you and are in a position to make statements concerning your:

  • character,
  • personal qualities,
  • academic capabilities and
  • special circumstances, if applicable.

Referees may not be in a position to evaluate all of the characteristics requested; however, in choosing your 3 referees, ensure that all the subject areas are covered.

At least 1 referee should be a non-academic/character referee.

It is recommended that 1 of the references come from a member of the community or from a community organization, and at least 1 be an academic reference.

We will accept CAFs written in French.

Applicants must request submissions by 3 references to be sent to OMSAS prior to December 1, 2022, to be considered for an interview at NOSM University. We will not consider applications that do not have all 3 CAFs.

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NOSM University Admission Streams

NOSM University’s aim is to have class profiles that reflect the demographics of the population of Northern Ontario. It is our intention to maximize the recruitment of students who have lived in Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practicing medicine in northern urban, rural and remote communities.

We are also committed to recruiting Indigenous, francophone and Franco-Ontarian students.

Canadian Armed Forces – Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) Stream

NOSM University’s MD program participates in an agreement with the Department of National Defense (DND) in creating up to 5 additional training positions for Regular Force Members of the Canadian Armed Forces subsidized under the MMTP.

Canadian Forces Staff who are supported and funded by the DND would be eligible to apply for these positions and offers of admission will be made to those that qualify.

If you are a currently serving Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force member and interested in the MMTP, you can obtain more information by consulting the Officer Specialist Training page on the Director Military Careers Policy and Grievances’ intranet website.

If you apply through the MMTP stream, your application score will be based on NOSM University’s application eligibility requirements (GPA, ABS and Supplemental Questions). Context score will not be taken into consideration for MMTP Stream applicants. You must complete the OMSAS application, indicate in the application that you are applying as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and follow the same application procedures as all other applicants. The application fees and institutional levy will apply, and you must follow the same method of payment as all other applicants.

For additional information regarding the MMTP application process, contact your local Personnel Selection Office.

For additional information regarding Medical Officer recruitment, roles, responsibilities and prospective military service in Health Services, we strongly encourage you to also email: CFHSAttractionCell-CelluledattractionSSFC@forces.gc.ca.

Indigenous Admission Stream

If you apply through the Indigenous Admission Stream and provide the required documentation, you may receive a slightly higher context score. As a key to increasing the Indigenous physician workforce, NOSM University designates a minimum of 4 seats each year to Indigenous students who have significant living experience and/or a cultural connection to Northern Ontario.

Guidelines for Indigenous Admission Stream Applicants

Personal Letter

Write a personal letter that tells the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee about your background, your involvement with and contribution to your Indigenous community. The letter should include:

  • Why you would like to be considered as an applicant in the Indigenous Admission Stream.
  • Details about your cultural and personal background.
    • Provide specific information about your background and how you are involved with your Indigenous community. Indigenous communities could be First Nation, Treaty community or organizational affiliation, such as a Student Centre, Friendship Centre or a Volunteer Organization that supports Indigenous people and communities.
  • Examples of how you are culturally connected to your Indigenous community (activities, ceremonies, celebrations, traditions, language etc.).

The letter must not be longer than 1,000 words.

Recommendation Letter

Provide a recommendation letter that attests to your connection to the Indigenous community. This letter can be provided by a diverse Indigenous community/organization. For instance, the letter could come from a First Nation Band Council, recognized Indigenous leader, community Elder, Indigenous academic scholar, school counsellor or Indigenous organization.

The author of this letter should possess knowledge of your connection and/or contribution to the Indigenous community. Choose someone who knows you well and can speak to your community connection. If the Band leadership does not know you well, a Spiritual Leader/Elder might be more appropriate. The letter should not be from a family member.

The author of the letter must include their:

  • full name,
  • title,
  • address,
  • telephone number and
  • email address.

In their letter, they must answer the following questions:

  • What is your relationship to the applicant?
  • In what capacity do you know the applicant?
  • How many years have you known the applicant?
  • Describe the activity or activities that support the applicant’s connection and involvement with the Indigenous community. The following details would support your letter: Nature of the activity, the frequency or the duration of said activity/activities.

We will accept only 1 letter of recommendation. All subsequent letters will not be taken into consideration.

Declaration of Ancestry Documentation

Provide documentation regarding First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit, Métis, Band Council, Tribal Council, Treaty, community, nation or organizational affiliation. Photocopies should be clear, showing all information, and include front and back of documents.

Acceptable documentation may include:

  • A copy of a Status or Treaty card
  • A copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities
  • A copy of a membership card in a Métis registry recognized by the Métis National Council (the Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation of Alberta and Métis Nation British Columbia)
  • Proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, on the band list of an individual band or the Inuit roll
  • Written confirmation of Indigenous ancestry from the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Written confirmation of membership in a band council that has its own membership code
  • Other acceptable documentation

All documents submitted for the Indigenous Admission Stream will be reviewed by NOSM University’s Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee.

An applicant who does not meet the requirements to be considered through the Indigenous Admission Stream will be considered for admission through the General Stream.

An applicant who does not submit all 3 required documents to support their application to the Indigenous Admission Stream will not be presented to the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee and will only be considered for admission through the General Stream.

Applicants who want to self-identify but do not apply to the Indigenous Admission Stream are not required to submit any documentation and will not be considered for admission through the Indigenous Admission Stream.

Cass Family Indigenous Scholarship

The Scholarship will be awarded to the 2 highest ranked self-identified Indigenous applicant(s) who apply through the Indigenous Admission Stream. Ranking is determined by the NOSM Admissions Committee and recommended by the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee for those candidates seen as having a strong cultural connection.

Applicants must submit this documentation to OMSAS via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) by the application deadline.

Francophone Admission Stream

Francophone applicants: Access the information and requirements for the Francophone Admission Stream in the French version of the Application Guide.

Applicants who apply through the Francophone Admission Stream are expected to participate in the Francophone Curriculum initiatives integrated throughout their 4 years of education. This may include, but is not limited to, clinical placements and structured clinical skills sessions.

Persons who identify as francophone may choose one of the following options:

  1. Self-identify as francophone and apply to the General Admission Stream only or
  2. Apply to the Francophone Admission Stream

If you apply through the Francophone Admission Stream, your application will be reviewed by NOSM University’s Francophone Admissions Subcommittee.

If you apply through the Francophone Admission Stream and provide all the required documentation, you may receive a slightly higher context score.

If you do not meet the requirements or do not submit all required documentation to support your application to the Francophone Admission Stream, you will be considered through the General Stream.

Francophone Admission Stream Requirements

If you are applying to the Francophone Admission Stream, you must meet the following definition:

A francophone applicant is a person who has:

  • a close connection to the francophone community;
  • a desire to serve the French-speaking population in their mother tongue; and
  • either graduated from a French-language high school/French-language postsecondary program or uses French in their daily activities.

All candidates who apply to the Francophone Admission Stream must:

  1. Submit an essay in French addressing the question provided.
  2. Provide a letter of recommendation.
  3. Interview at NOSM University, if invited.
  4. Meet the requirements described in this section if they are offered admission via the Francophone Admission Stream.
Francophone Admission Stream Essay

You must submit an essay in French addressing the following:

Further to its Social Accountability Mandate, NOSM University is committed to training competent physicians able to meet the needs of the diverse populations of Northern Ontario, including francophones. Your application as a francophone student at NOSM University is a declaration of your commitment to serve French-speaking populations.

In 500 words (maximum), explain what it would mean to you to practice as a French-speaking physician.

Additionally, outline how you are currently demonstrating your commitment to the francophone community and how you foresee meeting NOSM University’s Mandate once you are a physician.

Recommendation Letter

You must provide a recommendation letter. The letter must be written in French and attest to your connection to the francophone community. The author of this letter must not be a family member and should possess knowledge of your connection and/or contribution to the francophone community.

The author of the letter must include their professional or personal letterhead information:

  • full name,
  • title,
  • address,
  • telephone number and
  • email address.

In their letter, they must answer the following questions:

  • What is your relationship to the applicant?
  • In what capacity do you know the applicant?
  • How many years have you known the applicant?
  • Describe the activity or activities that support the applicant’s connection and involvement with the francophone community. Please include details such as the nature of the activity, the frequency (daily, weekly, etc.), as well as the duration of said activity/activities.
You must submit both the Francophone Admission Stream Essay and the recommendation letter to OMSAS via SAM by the application deadline.
Interview (If Invited)

Applicants to the Francophone Admission Stream who are invited to interview at NOSM University will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken French at the time of the interview by participating in a French-language fluency evaluation.

Requirements for Successful Francophone Admission Stream Applicants

Applicants admitted through the NOSM University Francophone Admission Stream will be expected to participate in the Francophone Curricular initiatives.

Successful francophone applicants will be required to include NOSM University’s francophone communities in the respective site selection processes for the Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) that takes place in year 3 of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program, as well as other site placements.

In addition, francophone applicants will be expected to participate in various learning activities throughout the medical education program that are designed to enhance their clinical and communication skills and support their ability to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate French language health services.

Note: Generally, the language of instruction is English; however, some components relating to the Francophone Curricular initiatives and other extracurricular initiatives will be provided in French.

Exceptional Circumstances

NOSM University recognizes that some applicants may have faced barriers along their path to applying to medicine. As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion, we wish to mitigate barriers where possible while ensuring fairness for all applicants.

You may be considered if you have been adversely impacted by exceptional circumstances that created a disadvantage. These circumstances may be socio-cultural and/or financial.

If you have already applied for disability-based consideration, you do not need to re-apply for exceptional circumstances consideration.

If you are applying with an exceptional circumstance, you must submit a written statement (no longer than 500 words) that outlines:

  • the exceptional circumstance that has created the disadvantage.
  • how you have adapted to and/or overcome these circumstances and your potential for success in medical school.
  • any previous academic accommodations you have received.
  • the time frame of the circumstances (defined start and end dates).
  • the connection between the described circumstances and your academic performance (specific courses that were affected).

The consideration of these requests will be guided by the following factors:

  • Supporting official or objective documentation to support the credibility of the circumstances provided.
  • Previous academic accommodations you have received, when they were instituted and the impact they had.
  • Documents supporting the need for accommodation.
  • Any supporting documentation such as medical notes, accident reports, etc., to support your case.

The entire submission (letter and supporting documents) should be submitted as 1 PDF file and uploaded via SAM by the application deadline.

Where an applicant’s circumstances are determined to be credible, circumscribed in time and having had an impact on academic performance, the Office of Admissions will determine what, if any, adjustments can be made to the overall academic evaluation in the consideration of the circumstances.

Whether and to what extent adjustments will be made is at the discretion of the Office of Admissions. All decisions are final.

For exceptional circumstances to be considered, you must meet the minimum academic eligibility requirement of a 4-year undergraduate university degree (3-year for mature applicants), or equivalent, from a recognized institution in any discipline.

If an application does not meet this minimum requirement, the application will not be assessed. There is no flexibility regarding this requirement.

Interview

We invite approximately 300 of the top-ranked applicants for an interview based on their total pre-interview score (GPA + ABS and questions score + context score). Achieving the minimum requirements does not guarantee that we will invite you for an interview.

We will notify you in January/February 2023 whether you are invited for an interview.

We will conduct interviews in March/April 2023. If we invite you to interview, we will send you a description of the interview process in your invitation to interview package.

If we interview you, we will notify you about your application status (e.g., admitted, wait listed, unsuccessful) on May 10, 2023.

Accommodation for Interview

If you require accommodation for a documented disability for the interview, you must notify the Office of Admissions in writing at least 1 month prior to the first interview date. You must provide complete documentation to support your request.

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Information for Successful Applicants

Offers of Admission

We send offers of admission by email on the second Tuesday in May.

Acceptance may be conditional upon fulfillment of specific requirements. We outline these conditions in your offer letter.

If you accept your offer of admission, you are required to make a non-refundable $1,000 deposit that will be applied to Year 1 tuition.

We will provide additional information to successful applicants in their offer of admission package.

Wait List

Some applicants who are offered admission do not accept their offer. We maintain a short, ranked wait list for additional offers.

We will not disclose an applicant’s position on the wait list (absolute or relative).

Final Transcript

You must submit your final transcript to OMSAS by June 30, 2023, if:

  • you receive an offer conditional upon the completion of your undergraduate degree. Your final transcript is required as proof of receiving your degree.
  • your registrar’s office sent an official letter to OMSAS stating that you met all the requirements of your graduate degree and were eligible to graduate in the spring of 2023.

Deferral Policy

We do not generally grant deferrals of admission, though we will consider deferrals in exceptional circumstances.

Requests are received through the Office of Admissions and are forwarded to the Deferrals Committee for consideration. The Committee’s decisions are final and not open to appeal.

Requirements for Registration

A registration package will accompany the offer of admission letter with information on the requirements for accepting an offer of admission. These include:

Proof of Citizenship

As a condition of acceptance to NOSM University, all candidates must provide notarized/certified photocopies of one of the following documents. (Notarized/certified copies must not be older than 2 years from the application submission deadline; otherwise, a new notarized/certified copy is required.)

  • Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
    • Note: Notarized/certified photocopy of Birth Certificate/Act of Birth issued by an authority in Canada accompanied by photo ID (must be Canadian government-issued photo ID).
  • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
  • Canadian permanent resident card (both sides of card)
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
    • Note: Confirmation of permanent residence must be accompanied by a photo ID (must be a Canadian government-issued photo ID).

Police Records Check

Throughout your medical school program, you will serve vulnerable populations. To protect these vulnerable people against potential risk of harm, the Ontario Faculties of Medicine and many clinical agencies require that you provide confirmation of the absence of a criminal conviction or outstanding criminal charges.

You are required to complete and submit the results of your Police Records Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Screening, at your own expense.

At the beginning of each subsequent academic year in the MD program, you will be required to sign a Criminal Records and Disclosure Form to confirm that there has been no change in the information contained in the Police Information Check.

Your offer of admission is contingent upon provision of these checks, at your expense. We will review any files presented with a “Not Clear” check to determine what action, if any, will be taken.

For more information about obtaining a Police Records Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screening, contact your local police agency.

Immunization/Health Screening

All incoming students must complete the Year 1 NOSM University Undergraduate Immunization Form.

NOSM University’s screening requirements meet the current OHA/OMA Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols for Ontario Hospitals, in accordance with Regulation 965, Section 4, of the Public Hospitals Act RSO 1990.

We send more details about health regulations with the offer of admission.

Basic Life Support Training for Health Care Providers

If you are offered admission, you must provide evidence of a current Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers certification before enrollment in the MD program.

Courses are readily available in most communities through the Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance associations.

We will send you specific information in the offer of admission package.

Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Entry to a Medical Degree Program

To fulfill the MD program requirements and to avoid serious risk to the health and safety of patients, you must acquire competency in a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities.

If you require accommodation:

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Contact Information

NOSM University
Medical School Building, Rm 2003
Office of Admissions & Learner Recruitment
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay ON  P7B 5E1

Toll-free (Canada-wide): 1-800-461-8777, ext. 7454
Fax: 807-766-7368
Email: admissions@nosm.ca

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