OMSAS – University of Toronto

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

University program information changes regularly. For the most up-to-date details, view the online application.

Last updated: July 9, 2019

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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 at the University of Toronto during the 20th century, and various surgical procedures were pioneered here, including lung transplants and pediatric cardiac operations.

Location

The Greater Toronto Area provides you with many advantages. Toronto is home to the largest health care network in Canada and is 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.

Our MD Program

As one 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.

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. In addition, supernumerary spaces for international and Military Medical Training Plan (MMTP) students will be allocated across the 2 campuses.

State‑of‑the‑art video conferencing 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 2024) and continuing our tradition of excellence in the education of tomorrow’s health care leaders.

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The MD Program Structure

Foundations

The first 2 years of the MD Program, known as Foundations, feature a highly integrated curriculum with clinical content, 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 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 to:

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

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

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 supernumerary spots available for international and MMTP 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 academic foundations in the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences and life sciences.

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 threshold requirement.

Non-academic and academic attributes, activities and achievements are assessed by reviewing your brief personal essays, Autobiographical Sketch materials and references.

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 your 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 arrive at OMSAS by the October 1, 2019, deadline. OMSAS will accept your MCAT score as long as it is released to them no later than November 1, 2019.

Do not send any documents to the University of Toronto or the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Enrolment Services. Applications with missing or late documents will not be considered. Extensions to the October 1 deadline will not be granted for documents not submitted to OMSAS.

When filling in your OMSAS application, do not cut and paste your responses from a word processing or text editing program (e.g., Microsoft Word, Notepad, WordPad). 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.

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. 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 1, 2019, admission application deadline, will not be considered. We will consider scores only from your most recent MCAT attempt, even if scores from previous attempts were higher.

All applicants must meet a threshold score of 125 in each section, with an allowance of 124 in one section, to continue in the admissions process. Your MCAT score is not used competitively.

Course Prerequisites

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

It is strongly recommended that you complete the prerequisite courses prior to applying. If you are in the process of completing any prerequisite courses at the time you apply, enrollment 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. 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:

  • 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 admission 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 admission 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 you submit your application. 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

Undergraduate Applicants Attending University in Canada

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 FCEs) prior to enrolling in the MD Program. No preference is given to a specific program or university over another.

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.

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 4-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.

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 or course withdrawals, or if you carried less than a full course load in any semester, 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.

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Admission Requirements: Brief Personal Essays, Autobiographical Sketch, References

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

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

  1. Professional Cluster: Maturity, reliability, perseverance and responsibility
  2. Communicator/Collaborator/Leader Cluster: Communication, collaboration, teamwork, time management and leadership
  3. Advocate Cluster: Advocacy, community service and social responsibility
  4. Scholar Cluster: Academic standing, achievements in leadership, research and social responsibility as demonstrated by (but not limited to) awards, conference presentations, publications and scholarships

In your brief personal essays and Autobiographical Sketch, 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 – participation within your local community is as important as international experiences.

The brief personal essays, Autobiographical Sketch and statements, and references 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. “Reducing the economic gap may be impossible without also addressing the gap in empathy.” ― Daniel Goleman. Why is this the case? How might healthcare professionals advocate to help reduce these gaps?
  2. Uncomfortable conversations, although difficult and even hostile at times, are not necessarily unsafe ones. Do you agree or disagree? Discuss a time where you had to partake in such an uncomfortable conversation and how you handled it.
  3. There are many relationships that have an inherent power imbalance, such as teacher/student, physician/patient, or police officer/citizen. Describe a situation where you have experienced a power imbalance and what it taught you.
  4. Failure is an essential part of the learning process. Discuss a recent setback you experienced and overcame. What resources and/or tools helped you overcome this failure?

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 ABS that you believe best exemplify the attributes that align with the MD Program’s goals.

The OMSAS ABS and 3 additional ABS statements required for the University of Toronto will be evaluated as a whole using the 4 clusters that were previously listed. 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.

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.

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 references as a whole (individual references 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 the individual is not also a family member or close friend.

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

Referees must submit their Confidential Reference online.

The deadline for receiving references is October 1, 2019. If OMSAS does not receive all 3 of your references (as well as your 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 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 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. Email UME Enrolment Services for more information.

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Additional Admission Requirements: Graduate Applicants

New for 2019: The additional requirements for graduate applicants have changed. Read the new requirements provided in this section.

The University of Toronto will consider your application if you have completed a graduate program or are enrolled in the final year of a graduate program. If you do not complete your graduate degree requirements by June 30 in the proposed year of entry, you will not be considered; this policy is strictly enforced. Applicants who do not provide an expected date of degree completion or who re-classify into another graduate program will also not be considered.

Our MD Program values a diverse applicant pool with students from all academic backgrounds. To acknowledge the academic challenge of undertaking graduate work, applicants pursuing graduate degrees will receive credit for their accomplishments during the file review process. Graduate applicants will receive credit for their graduate work based on the following categories:

  • Doctoral degree conferred
  • Doctoral degree in progress
  • Research-based Master’s conferred
  • Research-based Master’s in progress
  • Course-based Master’s conferred

Applicants enrolled in a course-based Master’s that is in progress will be assessed as undergraduate applicants. Please note that you are not able to update your application after the October 1, 2019, deadline.

Graduate Degree

Graduate applicants who have not yet received their graduate degree and who are 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, 2020.

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 degree.

Graduate Degree Verifiers

Graduate applicants are required to provide the contact information of a graduate verifier. This information is entered in the Referees section of the application. This verifier may be contacted to confirm your degree type and program completion date. The verifier may be either your graduate supervisor or graduate program administrator.

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

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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 admission materials to OMSAS as per the regular MD admission process along with the following additional materials:

  1. MD/PhD Personal Essay: Reflecting on your personal and research experiences to date, how do your experiences 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 and is submitted using the OMSAS application.
  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).
    The deadline for receiving the academic CV is October 6, 2019.
  3. For an MD/PhD Program, 3 letters of reference pertaining to your research performance and potential and suitability. Note: These letters are in addition to the 3 references that are required for MD 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 should highlight:
    • 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 the candidate was involved in, including publications, if any
    • capacity to learn from others

OMSAS must receive all of these required reference letters by October 1, 2019.

Notes:

  • The same referees can provide your regular MD application references and MD/PhD reference letters (e.g., graduate supervisor, if applicable). The MD/PhD Admissions Subcommittee does not review your MD application references.
  • 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.
  • All MD/PhD applicants must submit an academic CV. This includes students applying directly from an undergraduate program.

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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 or 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 admission file review and interview processes, including: Faculty, physicians, residents, medical students and members of the public.

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 admission materials as per the core MD admission process and the following additional materials by the October 1, 2019, 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.

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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 admission file review and interview processes, including: Faculty, physicians, residents, medical students and members of the public.

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 admission materials as per the core MD admission process and the following additional materials by the stated deadlines:

  1. Self‑declared Indigenous status via the OMSAS application.
  2. You must provide 1 of the following as proof of Indigenous ancestry to apply to the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine through the ISAP:
    • 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

     

    OMSAS must receive proof of Indigenous ancestry documentation via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) in the OMSAS application. The deadline for receiving your document(s) is October 6, 2019.
  3. The ISAP Personal Essay explaining your community connectedness or intended future community involvement. This essay must be 250 words or less. Submit the essay with the OMSAS online application.

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

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Information for International Applicants

International applicants will be considered for admission for 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 admission materials as per the regular MD admission process.

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Information for Military Medical Training Plan (MMTP) Application Stream Applicants

The University of Toronto’s MD Program participates in an agreement with the Department of National Defense (DND) in creating a special application stream for Regular Force Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) subsidized under the Military Medical Training Plan (MMTP). If you are a member of the CAF and are interested in this stream, contact Major Tina Sweet at tina.sweet@forces.gc.ca for details and eligibility. If you have any questions, email UME Enrolment Services.

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Information for Successful Applicants

Acceptance

Offers of admission are sent in the spring or summer prior to the proposed date of enrollment, 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 enrollment and that you apply to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, in or after 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 enrollment in the MD Program is permitted.

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

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 admission, 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)
  • admission and award decisions
  • registration in the program
  • aggregate, de-identified public statistical reports, posted on Faculty/University websites
  • research on the admission 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
Telephone: 613-730-0687, ext. 279

For questions about your personal information at the Faculty, contact:
Dr. David Latter
Director of MD Admissions and Student Finances
Telephone: 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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