OMSAS – University of Toronto


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Last updated: July 13, 2017

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About Medicine at the University of Toronto

Toronto has a long history of educating physicians, with the first school of medicine founded here in 1843. The medical school at the University of Toronto has a rich history of research and discovery, including the discovery of insulin, stem cells and the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, as well as the genetic causes of some variants of Alzheimer’s disease and several cancers.

Many vaccines were developed and tested in Toronto during the 20th century and various surgical procedures were pioneered here, including lung transplants and pediatric cardiac operations.

Location

The City of Toronto provides you with many advantages. Toronto is home to the largest health care network in Canada and has become a hub for research and discovery.

Opportunities for collaboration across a variety of hospitals and health care centres allow you to experience Toronto’s diversity – in the range of clinical placements you connect to and the community you serve.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, together with our affiliated hospitals, is 1 of the most successful health research enterprises in North America.

Our MD Program

As 1 of the largest MD programs in Canada, the University of Toronto’s MD Program boasts a comprehensive and exciting curriculum that supports our students as they learn to become highly skilled, caring and compassionate physicians.

Our faculty members are leaders in their respective fields and take pride in educating the next generation of physicians. Our graduates can be found across Canada and around the world, advancing health care and promoting change in their local communities and beyond.

Student support is a top priority in our MD program. You will be provided with the tools you need to succeed, whether it is academic, financial or career advice or access to support networks.

Opportunities outside of the classroom are abundant. Our students get involved in everything from community service to athletics to on-campus clubs and organizations. These opportunities enable our graduates to become skilled, caring and compassionate health care professionals.

We take our commitment to social responsibility seriously, as demonstrated in the Faculty’s mission statement:

“We fulfill our social responsibility by developing leaders, contributing to our communities, and improving the health of individuals and populations through the discovery, application and communication of knowledge.”

Our program is offered on 2 campuses at the University of Toronto: 205 incoming students will be at the St. George Campus (downtown Toronto); and 54 will be at the Mississauga campus.

State‑of‑the‑art videoconferencing facilities allow students at both teaching sites to interact and share learning experiences, with both campuses linked to world-class teaching hospitals.

The University of Toronto’s MD Program looks forward to welcoming the newest class of future physicians (the class of 2022) and continuing our tradition of excellence in the education of tomorrow’s health care leaders.

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The MD Program Structure

The first 2 years of the MD Program, known as Foundations, features a highly integrated program with clinical content from the beginning of medical school, early exposure to patients and the community setting, extensive use of online learning support resources, and an assessment program designed to support learning. You will have the opportunity to meet with and learn about patients from diverse communities and to learn in the many outstanding clinical and research facilities in the Greater Toronto Area.

The basic goals of Foundations are as follows:

  • to help you learn the necessary biomedical knowledge; and
  • to develop the appropriate professional attitudes and skills you will need to have a successful experience in Clerkship and beyond.

To achieve this, you take part in a rich mixture of activities that include the following:

  • case-based learning
  • seminars/workshops
  • clinical skills sessions
  • lectures
  • e-learning materials
  • anatomy laboratories
  • tutorials

Multiple thematic elements run throughout Foundations, and provide integration longitudinally. These themes are organized in 3 major categories related to the following:

  • priority population groups
  • CanMEDS roles
  • specific content areas

You will gain early clinical exposure in a variety of settings, including doctors’ offices, hospitals, community health agencies and home care visits. You will learn the basic clinical skills of interviewing and examining patients and be provided with opportunities for reflection. By spending time in clinical placements (shadowing) you will also be able to prepare for Clerkship.

Clerkship comprises the third and fourth years of the MD Program.

The knowledge, skills and professional attitudes introduced in Foundations are applied practically in the clinical setting where you will be a member of a health care team.

As clinical clerks, you learn to contribute progressively to patient care in hospitals, community‑based clinics and doctors’ offices. Your clinical skills are honed as you proceed through the core Clerkship rotations and experiences, which introduce you to primary care and the essential medical specialties.

The fourth and final year of the program includes activities that permit you to develop your competencies further in areas of your choosing (electives) and from a catalogue of options (selectives). These allow you to explore your individual interests and tailor your experience to fit with your future career goals.

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Admission Process and Policies

U of T Medicine welcomes 259 domestic students into the first year of our MD Program. In addition, there are 10 supernumerary spots available for international students.

There is no single background that is an ideal preparation for the study and practice of medicine. Medicine requires a mix of individuals with strong backgrounds in the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences and life sciences.

Excellence in both academic and non-academic achievements is the criterion used in assessing an application. Approximately 600 applicants will be invited for an interview.

Academic excellence is measured by assessing grade point average (GPA) and confirming that the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) results meet U of T’s stated minimum requirement.

Non-academic and academic attributes, activities and achievements are assessed through reviewing brief personal essays, autobiographical sketch materials and reference letters.

When completing the essay sections in your application, do not cut and paste your responses from a word processing or text editing program (e.g., Microsoft Word, Notepad, WordPad) in to the OMSAS application. Doing so may result in formatting and/or punctuation errors in your submissions. There will not be an opportunity to correct this after submission. Please type your responses directly in the online application to avoid this issue.

You are required to submit the names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons able to substantiate statements made about your non-academic and academic attributes, activities and achievements. Random verification checks will take place between January and April.

The discovery that any submitted application information is false or misleading, concealed or withheld, will invalidate an application and result in its immediate refusal. If this is discovered after you are admitted, it will result in the revocation and cancellation of an offer of admission and/or registration.

Instructions for Submitting Required Documents

All application materials must be sent directly to OMSAS. You are responsible for ensuring that documents sent by mail or electronically, arrive at OMSAS by the October 2, 2017, deadline.

Do not send any documents to the University of Toronto’s Enrolment Services Office or the Faculty of Medicine. Applications with missing or late documents will not be accepted. Extensions to the deadline will not be granted for documents not sent to OMSAS.

Note: If you are not applying to the MD/PhD Program or through the Black Student Application Program (BSAP) or Indigenous Student Application Program (ISAP) streams, do not enter anything in the MD/PhD, BSAP or ISAP essay sections of the application. Please leave these sections blank.

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Admission Requirements: Academic

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

All applicants must submit MCAT results to be considered for admission. The MCAT must be written before the application deadline and within the past 5 years. MCAT results from tests written in excess of 5 years, prior to the current October 2, 2017, admissions application deadline, will not be considered. We will only consider scores from your most recent MCAT attempt, even if scores from previous attempts were higher.

Course Prerequisites

You are required to complete 2 full course equivalents (FCEs) in life sciences and at least 1 full course equivalent (FCE) in humanities, social sciences and/or languages.

It is strongly recommended that you complete the prerequisite courses prior to applying. However, if you are in the process of completing any prerequisite courses at the time you apply, enrolment in these courses must appear on your transcript. If they are not complete and are not showing as current registrations on your transcript, your application will not be considered.

This information should be included in the University of Toronto prerequisite section of the OMSAS application. Please list the name of the course and course code, and indicate whether it was a full-year or semester course.

Examples:

  • Life Sciences: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Molecular Biology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Physiology, Zoology.
    Note: Chemistry and Physics are not Life Sciences. If you are listing Chemistry courses to meet requirements for other medical schools, you must also list 2 FCEs in Life Sciences.
  • Social Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Criminology.
  • Languages: Courses in a language other than your native language.
  • Humanities: Classics, English, History, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of approved courses. Please check with Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Enrolment Services if you are unsure of the acceptability of a particular course as a prerequisite.

Email UME Enrolment Services with the following:

  • the course name
  • course code
  • university name
  • a brief course description from the university course calendar
  • indicate if it was a full-year or semester course

Minimum GPA Requirement

The minimum acceptable GPA for undergraduate applicants is 3.6 on the 4.0 OMSAS scale. Based on recent admissions statistics, a GPA of 3.8 or higher is considered competitive for admission.

For graduate applicants, the minimum acceptable GPA is 3.0 on the 4.0 OMSAS scale. Based on recent admissions statistics, a GPA of 3.4 or higher is considered competitive for admission.

The calculated GPA used to fulfill the academic requirements will not include the current year of study, as these grades are not available at the time of application assessment. GPA is based on your undergraduate studies; marks from graduate course work will not be included in the GPA calculation.

Admission to the MD Program is competitive; therefore, possessing the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Minimum Undergraduate Credit Requirement

The University of Toronto will consider your application if you will be completing at least 3 years of study toward a Canadian university bachelor’s degree in any discipline (the equivalent of 15 credits) prior to enrolling in the MD Program.

If you apply in the final year of a 3-year or 4-year degree program, you must complete the degree requirements and provide proof of completion prior to enrolling.

If you apply in the third year of a 4-year degree program, you must provide proof that you completed the requirements for that year of the degree prior to enrolling in the MD Program.

Undergraduate Applicants Attending University in Canada

If you attend a Canadian university and are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in any discipline (e.g., arts, engineering, pharmacy, science), you may apply for admission during your third year of studies or higher. No preference is given to 1 program over another or to 1 university over another.

Notes:

  • If there is any reason that you believe your transcript does not reflect your true ability (i.e., there are extenuating circumstances), briefly outline this in the Academic Explanations Essay.
  • If your transcript has gaps, course withdrawals or if you carried less than a full course load in any semester, please state the reason in the Academic Explanations Essay. If applicable, use this section to document your participation in an educational exchange program, a professional experience year, or co-op program, and the time frame of this activity. Often this information is not clearly outlined on academic transcripts or in your other application materials, so it is important to clarify this for the Admissions Committee.

CEGEP Applicants

If you completed the CEGEP program in Quebec, you may apply for admission if you are enrolled in third‑year university studies and will have completed a total of at least 15 FCEs prior to enrollment in our program. You must have completed a minimum of 10 university FCEs, which may include CEGEP transfer credits, at the time you apply.

Applicants Attending University Outside of Canada

If you attend university in the US, you must complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree. There is no option to apply during the third year of study.

If you attend a university outside of Canada or the US, you must complete the equivalent of a Canadian four-year university bachelor’s degree. Previous medical degrees completed outside of Canada are not deemed equivalent to a Canadian bachelor’s degree and will not be accepted. You must have your credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency by World Education Services (WES). Submitted documentation must include a course-by-course evaluation, with an overall GPA calculation from WES.

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Admission Requirements: Brief Personal Essays, Autobiographical Sketch, References

When reviewing the brief personal essays, Autobiographical Sketch and letters of reference, we assess attributes, activities and achievements in terms of the Faculty’s mission and values and the MD Program.

Specifically, we evaluate materials according to the following 4 clusters:

  1. maturity, reliability, perseverance and responsibility (professional cluster)
  2. communication, collaboration, teamwork, time management and leadership (communicator/collaborator/leader cluster)
  3. advocacy, community service and social responsibility (advocate cluster)
  4. academic standing, achievements in leadership, research and social responsibility as demonstrated by (but not limited to) awards, conference presentations, publications and scholarships (scholar cluster)

In your brief personal essays and Autobiographical Sketches, you may write about activities and achievements undertaken and completed anywhere in the world. The nature and outcome of the activity is more important than where it took place – your local community is as important as the developing world.

The brief personal essays, Autobiographical Sketch and statements, and letters of reference will be assessed independently of all other materials you submit with your application.

Brief Personal Essays

You are required to submit 4 original brief personal essays, with each essay answering a specific question related to the Faculty’s mission and values. The Mission Statement of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto embodies social responsibility, and the Faculty’s values are reflective of this responsibility. Each brief personal essay must be 250 words or less.

You must answer the following 4 questions:

  1. Write a letter to an editor of a newspaper to express your support of Canada’s role in promoting women’s reproductive health in developing countries.
  2. Discuss the role of listening in cross-cultural communication to better understand the perspectives of people of different backgrounds.
  3. How have you used your resilience and coping mechanisms to make the most informed and rational decisions when faced with difficult circumstances?
  4. What type of feedback do you prefer to enhance your learning in and outside of academic environments? Why?

UME Enrolment Services will perform random checks of your essays through Turnitin for detection of possible plagiarism. You will not be informed that your essay has been submitted for comparison.

Essays submitted to Turnitin will be included as source documents in the Turnitin reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University’s use of the Turnitin service are described on the Turnitin website.

If you do not consent to your essays being submitted to Turnitin, you must email UME Enrolment Services to inform us. We will honour this request.

Autobiographical Sketch (ABS)

The completed OMSAS ABS is required. In addition to completing the OMSAS ABS, you are required to write and submit 3 ABS statements outlining the 3 activities and/or achievements from your Sketch that you believe best exemplify the attributes that align with the MD Program’s goals.

These goals will be evaluated across your Sketch and statements in terms of the 4 clusters that were previously listed.

The OMSAS ABS and 3 additional ABS statements required for the University of Toronto will be evaluated as a whole. Each ABS statement must be 250 words or less.

Verifiers

In some cases, UME Enrolment Services may wish to verify additional information about activities that are described in either the brief personal essays or the ABS.

Therefore, you must provide the name, address and phone number of at least 1 contact person (verifier) for each activity. When citing activities in your brief personal essays and your ABS statements, include the relevant verifier number in brackets beside each activity, UME Enrolment Services may perform random checks of applicants’ verifiers.

Please let your verifiers know that they may be contacted by UME Enrolment Services.

References

You are required to arrange for 3 references. These references will be evaluated according to the same 4 clusters previously listed.

We encourage you to do the following:

  • share these attributes, activities and achievements clusters with referees to ensure that they can speak to some or all of them; and,
  • ensure that the whole range of clusters is represented among the 3 letters as a whole (individual letters may speak to a specific cluster or clusters of attributes, activities and achievements).

Note: References cannot be provided by family members, family friends, colleagues of family members, neighbours, or someone who may be perceived as your peer, as we do not consider them to be objective. Letters written by a spiritual advisor are acceptable, provided they are not also family members or close friends.

Applications from candidates with non-objective references will not be considered.

Referees must submit their Confidential Reference online. If the referee does not have an email address, the Confidential Assessment Form must be forwarded to them, to be completed and mailed to OMSAS together with an accompanying letter.

The deadline for receiving references is October 2, 2017. If OMSAS does not receive all 3 of your reference letters (as well as your Graduate reference letter and MD/PhD reference letters, if applicable) by this date, your application to the University of Toronto’s MD Program will be incomplete and will not be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that OMSAS receives your references (letters and Confidential Assessment Forms) by the deadline, so we advise you to confirm submission with all of your referees prior to the deadline.

Interviews

When making our assessments, the Faculty will invite selected applicants to attend an interview. You must attend at the date and time arranged and you are responsible for your own travel expenses.

Interviews are conducted on 1 of 3 weekends in the winter/spring of each year. If you cancel or decline an interview, you will not be considered for admission.

Accessibility concerns or accommodations can be arranged for the interview. Contact UME Enrolment Services for more information.

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Additional Admissions Requirements: Graduate Applicants

The University of Toronto will also consider your application if you have completed a graduate program or are enrolled in the final year of a graduate program and will complete your degree in accordance with the dates outlined here.

Applicants enrolled in research-based graduate degrees

In the selection process, applications from candidates proceeding toward or in possession of research-based graduate degrees may undergo a separate graduate application review.

If you are currently completing or previously completed a research-based graduate degree, you are considered a graduate applicant and are subject to the following requirements. Graduate applicants must submit all OMSAS application materials required for undergraduate applicants, and include the following additional materials:

  1. An academic Curriculum Vitae (CV). This CV must adhere to the format outlined on the MD Program website and should only include academic activities. Access the CV template [PDF]. After you submit your application, you can upload your academic CV directly to OMSAS via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM). Note: SAM can take 2 business days to be activated after application submission. The deadline for receiving the academic CV is October 6, 2017.
  2. One confidential letter of reference from your graduate supervisor describing your research work, academic capability and scholarly productivity and potential. This letter must include the expected date of completion of your graduate degree. The graduate supervisor’s letter of reference must be provided in addition to the 3 letters of reference sent to OMSAS, even if your supervisor wrote 1 of those 3 letters (reference letters are viewed independently of the graduate letter). This fourth letter is not a personal letter of reference and instead must focus on your performance in the graduate program. It should not include reference to non-academic activities. Graduate supervisor’s letters should be written on departmental letterhead and marked as “Additional Letter for Graduate Applicant” in the header. The graduate supervisor’s letter must also be accompanied by the Graduate Supervisor Form. Graduate Supervisors must submit their letters online. If the supervisor does not have an email address, the Graduate Supervisor Form must be forwarded to them, to be completed and mailed to OMSAS together with an accompanying letter.

The deadline for receiving Graduate Supervisor’s Letters is October 2, 2017.

Applicants enrolled in course-based graduate degrees

If you completed or are currently completing a course-based graduate program, you are not required to submit an academic CV. (Exception: All applicants to the MD/PhD Program must submit an academic CV.) You are, however, required to submit a letter from your graduate program office confirming your program completion date. This fourth letter must be written on departmental letterhead and be marked as “Additional Letter for Graduate Applicant” in the header. The graduate program office’s letter must also be accompanied by the Graduate Supervisor Form. Graduate program offices must submit the letters online. If the Program Director does not have an email address, the Graduate Supervisor Form must be forwarded to them, to be completed and mailed to OMSAS together with an accompanying letter.

The deadline for receiving this letter is October 2, 2017.

All applicants enrolled in a graduate degree

Applicants who are not in the final year of their graduate program, who do not provide an expected date of degree completion, or who re-classify into another graduate program will not be assessed.

A graduate applicant who has not yet received their graduate degree and who is offered a position in the MD Program will be required to submit proof of successful completion of all requirements of the graduate program (including successful defence of a thesis, if applicable) prior to June 30, 2018.

Graduate applicants offered a position on the expectation that their degree will be completed, and who are not able to meet this deadline, will not be granted an admission deferral and will lose their seat in our program. UME Enrolment Services requires a final transcript from all applicants accepted from graduate programs, as proof of conferral of their graduate degrees.

Additional Admission Requirements: MD/PhD Program Applicants

The MD/PhD Program at the University of Toronto provides highly qualified students the opportunity to integrate medical school with intensive scientific training. Its purpose is to prepare clinician scientists for careers in academic medicine.

Applicants to this program must meet the same requirements for MCAT, GPA, and course prerequisites as all other applicants. The program does not have a designated quota for admission. Applicants submit admissions materials to OMSAS as per the core MD admissions process along with the following additional materials:

  1. MD/PhD Personal Essay: Reflecting on your personal and research experiences to date, how does your experience relate to your decision to pursue a physician scientist pathway, and the kind of ideas that you wish to pursue in your PhD? This essay must be 250 words or less. This is submitted via the OMSAS application form.
  2. An academic Curriculum Vitae (CV). This CV must adhere to the format outlined on the MD/PhD Program website. Access the CV template [PDF]. After you submit your application, you can upload your academic CV directly to OMSAS via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM).
    Note: SAM can take 2 business days to be activated after application submission. The deadline for receiving the academic CV is October 6, 2017.
  3. Three letters of reference pertaining to your research performance and potential and suitability for an MD/PhD Program. Note: These letters are in addition to the 3 letters that are required for undergraduate applicants, and 4 letters for graduate applicants, as part of the standard OMSAS application for the University of Toronto. If you are a graduate applicant, 1  of these MD/PhD reference letters must be from your graduate supervisor. The content of these letters will be different than the 3 Confidential Assessment Forms and accompanying letters required for the MD Program, as these letters should highlight the following:
    • potential for success as a physician scientist
    • capacity to succeed in both an undergraduate medical and a PhD curriculum
    • self-starting behaviour
    • contribution to the research in which the candidate was involved, including publications, if any
    • capacity to learn from others

OMSAS must receive all of these required reference letters by October 2, 2017.

Notes:

  • You can use the same referees for your regular MD application reference letters, for your MD/PhD reference letters, and your graduate reference letters (e.g. Graduate supervisor, if applicable), but the content of these letters should differ according to the parameters listed in this section.
  • MD/PhD letters should be written on departmental letterhead and marked as “MD/PhD Program Letters” in the header. The MD/PhD letters must also be accompanied by the MD/PhD Reference Form.
  • MD/PhD referees must submit the letters online. If the MD/PhD referees do not have an email address, the MD/PhD Reference Form must be forwarded to them, to be completed and mailed to OMSAS together with an accompanying letter.
  • MD/PhD undergraduate applicants must submit 6 reference letters in total; graduate applicants to the MD/PhD Program must submit 7 letters in total. This includes the MD application and graduate letters.

 

Additional Admission Requirements: Black Student Application Program (BSAP)

The Black Student Application Program (BSAP) is an optional application stream for Black applicants who self-identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American, and multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry. The aim of this application program is to increase and support Black medical student representation at the University of Toronto. Members of the Black community take part in admissions file review and interview processes, including: faculty, physicians, residents, medical students, and public members.

This program reflects the Faculty of Medicine’s strong commitment to diversity as demonstrated in its Diversity Statement [PDF].

To apply to this program, you must meet the same minimum requirements for MCAT, GPA and course prerequisites as all other applicants. The program does not have a designated quota for admission. You must submit admissions materials as per the core MD admissions process and the following additional materials by the October 2, 2017, application deadline:

  1. Self identification via the OMSAS application: Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American, or multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry .
  2. The BSAP Personal Essay highlighting why you have chosen to apply through this application stream. This essay must be 250 words or less. This is submitted via the OMSAS application form.

 

Additional Admission Requirements: Indigenous Student Application Program (ISAP)

Recognizing the commitment to social responsibility in the Faculty’s mission, the MD Program implemented ISAP to increase the number of Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) medical students at the University of Toronto. Members of the Indigenous community take part in admissions file review and interview processes, including: faculty, physicians, residents, medical students, and public members.

This program reflects the Faculty of Medicine’s strong commitment to diversity as demonstrated in its Diversity Statement [PDF].

To apply to this program, you must meet the same minimum requirements for MCAT, GPA and course prerequisites as all other applicants. The program does not have a designated quota for admission. You must submit admissions materials as per the core MD admissions process and the following additional materials by the October 2, 2017, application deadline:

  1. Self‑declared Aboriginal/Indigenous status via the OMSAS application.
  2. As proof of Aboriginal/Indigenous ancestry, to apply to the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine through the ISAP, you must provide 1 of the following:
    • 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 (Métis Nation of Ontario, the Manitoba Métis Federation, the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, the Métis Nation of Alberta and the Métis Nation British Columbia);
    • proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, or on the band list of an individual band, or on the Inuit roll;
    • written confirmation of Aboriginal ancestry from the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada;
    • written confirmation of membership in a band council that has its own membership code; or
    • other acceptable documentation.

OMSAS must receive this documentation via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM).

Note: SAM can take 2 business days to be activated after application submission. The deadline for receiving your document(s) is October 6, 2017.

The ISAP Personal Essay describing a history of community experiences within the Indigenous community. This essay must be 250 words or less. This is submitted via the OMSAS application form.

If you have questions or would like further information about ISAP, please email our Office of Indigenous Medical Education.

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Information for International Applicants

International applicants will be considered for admission for 1 of our supernumerary seats. These are non-funded seats, and as such, applicants who are considered through the International application stream cannot be citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.

If you apply through the International stream and your immigration status in Canada changes during the admission process, you are required to notify UME Enrolment Services via email.

Applicants applying through the International stream will be subject to the same minimum requirements as domestic candidates and must submit admissions materials as per the core MD admissions process.

Information for Successful Applicants

Acceptance

Offers of admission are sent in the spring or summer prior to the proposed date of enrolment, in accordance with dates published by OMSAS. Acceptance may be conditional upon fulfillment of specific requirements. These conditions will be outlined in your offer letter.

Wait List

Some applicants who are offered admission do not accept their offer, so we maintain a short wait list for additional potential offers. This is a ranked wait list, but we will not disclose an applicant’s position on the wait list (absolute or relative).

If additional offers are made, we will work down the wait list until the class is full.

Acceptance of an offer of admission from any Ontario medical school automatically removes you from consideration by all other Ontario medical schools (you will be considered withdrawn and will be removed from our wait list).

Final Transcripts

Final transcripts for admitted applicants must be sent directly to OMSAS (not to the University of Toronto). Further details will be included in the offer of admission letter, as appropriate.

Deferrals

Deferral of admission can be considered provided you submit a request for deferral at the time you accept your offer of admission.

Deferrals will be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case‑by-case basis. A very limited number of deferrals may be granted in cases of compelling academic or personal circumstance.

It is strongly recommended that you complete academic programs prior to enrolment and that you apply to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine in the final year of your program.

Deferrals will not be granted to allow you to complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree or to complete a graduate degree. Any deferrals granted will generally be for a 1-year period.

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Requirements for Registration

First Aid and CPR

You must complete a “Standard First Aid” course and a CPR Level C “Basic Rescuer” course and be able to produce valid certificates confirming this, before enrolment in the MD Program is permitted.

The agency used to provide the training must be recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Immunization

You are required to be fully immunized before you enter the clinical setting.

Proof of immunization is required for all persons undertaking activities in hospitals in Ontario under Regulation 965 of the Ontario Public Hospitals Act. If you do not submit a completed immunization record, you will be suspended from clinical training until proper documentation is submitted.

Police Record Check and Disclosure

As a medical student, you will undertake significant portions of your education in settings with exposure to vulnerable populations. You are required to complete a Vulnerable Persons Criminal Record Check, at your own expense, prior to registration in our program.

This mandatory process reports any pending criminal charges, convictions for which there has not been a pardon, and any pardoned sexual offences. The Faculty also requests disclosure of any convictions in any jurisdiction and/or any findings of professional misconduct.

The Faculty of Medicine reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission or cancel registration based on a review of this information.

If you have ever been convicted of a criminal offence for which you have not received a pardon, you are strongly urged to consult with your provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons for advice about eventual eligibility for registration to practice medicine.

Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Studying Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and University Policy, is committed to providing equal access opportunities to all qualified applicants.

To fulfill the requirements of the MD Program and to avoid serious risk to the health and safety of patients, you are required to acquire competency in a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities. Individuals with special needs are advised to contact UME Enrolment Services, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and to carefully review the OMSAS Essential Skills and Abilities Required.

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Notice of Collection

The University of Toronto (the University) collects information you provide to OMSAS/OUAC as part of your application to the Faculty of Medicine (the Faculty).

This includes the following personal information:

  • name
  • home/mailing addresses
  • telephone numbers
  • email addresses
  • age
  • gender
  • legal status
  • academic history (e.g., current/previous university, GPA and MCAT)

The University and the Faculty will use your personal information as necessary for the purpose of administering admissions, registration, academic programs, university-related student activities, activities of student societies, safety, financial assistance and awards, graduation and university advancement, and reporting to government.

Examples of these purposes:

  • correspondence with applicants (e.g., email notification, interview invitation)
  • admissions and award decisions
  • registration in the program
  • aggregate, de-identified public statistical reports, posted on Faculty/University websites
  • research on the admissions process

Personal information collected through OMSAS/OUAC will only be accessed by authorized university/faculty staff on a need-to-know basis. The information will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

The Faculty will disclose your personal information to the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), which uses it to assess physician inflow and output through Canada’s undergraduate and postgraduate training system, as well as the numbers and types of doctors trained and how they are distributed and move throughout Canada.

Your personal information such as name, gender, and date of birth will be stored in the AFMC’s database and used to address a variety of key health workforce research and planning questions. All data will be reported at the aggregate level and will be completely anonymous.

For questions about your personal information at the AFMC, contact Jon Kimball, Director, Data & Information Services at 613-730-0687, extension 279.

For questions about your personal information at the Faculty, contact Janet Hunter, Director of Enrolment Services & Faculty Registrar, at 416-978-7928.

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Contact Information

Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building, Room 2124
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto ON  M5S 1A8

Telephone: 416-978-7928
Fax: 416-971-2163
Email: medicine.admiss@utoronto.ca

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