OMSAS – Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

Note: This application guide contains information for Fall 2020 Admission.

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Applicant Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with and observe the application procedures for each medical school you apply to.
  • Check “Document Tracking” in your online application to verify your required documents were received.

  • 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.


Required Documentation

  • Submit your application and all required documents by the deadlines.
    • OMSAS will forward required 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 of each university, college or CEGEP that you 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 or college, you must use the online transcript request in the application.
  • Ensure you give your referees sufficient time to complete their reference and submit it to OMSAS by the deadline.

Required documentation includes: Transcripts and reference letters.

Supplementary Documentation

At any time, after you start 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 landed immigrant status (not required if you are a Canadian citizen), proof of Indigenous status, CV (Toronto graduate and MD/PhD applicants only).

Verify Your Application Information

You will receive an OUAC/OMSAS Reference Number (2020-80xxxx) 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.

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 be able to verify the application data OMSAS has on file.

If you successfully submit changes to your application and/or respond to offers of admission, you will receive a confirmation number.

Accept Your Offers of Admission

First-round offers of admission are sent out on May 12, 2020.

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.

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

Read the 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 admission offices 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 the Touchstone Institute.

Police Record Check

Once you are accepted, some schools require you to undergo a Police Record Check. 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 university’s information page in the OMSAS Application Guide.

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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