OMSAS – Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Western University)
Last updated: July 13, 2017
- About the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
- MD Program Structure
- Student Experience
- Financial Support
- Academic Admission Requirements
- Non-Academic Requirements
- Important Dates and Deadlines
- Health Care Improvement in Southwestern Ontario and Indigenous Communities
- Combined Programs
- Additional Information
- Contact Information
The following admission requirements are for fall 2017. Note that the admission policy is reviewed annually and the admission requirements from previous years may not apply.
Western University reserves the right to review and change the admission requirements at any time, without notice.
About the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides an outstanding education within a research intensive, distributed learning environment where tomorrow’s physicians, dentists, health researchers and other scholars learn to be socially responsible leaders in the advancement of human health, locally, regionally and globally.
The Doctor of Medicine Program runs simultaneously from 2 sites: London and Windsor, Ontario.
Each year a portion of the admitted class will complete all of their academic studies through the Windsor site and graduate from Western University.
The development of the Windsor site is the result of a partnership between Western University, the University of Windsor, and the London and Windsor hospitals. This program was built on the strength of clerkship training provided in Windsor through Schulich Medicine Distributed Education.
Being invited for an interview will give you the opportunity to indicate your preferred site. When one site reaches its enrollment limit, you are offered admission to the available site. Applications for both sites will be processed by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western University, and will be subject to the same admissions criteria.
MD Program Structure
Year 1 and Year 2 (Pre-Clinical Learning)
The first 2 years of the curriculum provide you with formative learning in the basic and clinical sciences.
Each systems-based course is composed of crucial subject areas presented in both large and small group formats.
These courses include the following:
- Introduction to Medicine
- Digestive Systems & Nutrition
- Emergency Care
- Endocrine & Metabolism
- Genitourinary System
- Heart & Circulation
- Infection & Immunity
- Musculoskeletal System
- Neurosciences, Eye & Ear
- Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences
- Respiration & Airways
Additional courses include the following:
- Key Topics in Family Medicine
- Professional Portfolio
- Social Medicine
- Professional Identity
- Patient Centered Clinical Methods
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program offers the opportunity for early patient interventions. Patient Centred Clinical Methods places the patient and the learner at the centre of all decision-making.
You will apply your knowledge to clinical reasoning with an understanding of the various factors that influence health care, including family, community, economic, social and environmental factors. Each systems‑based course has a patient‑centred component focusing on the patient-physician relationship, the role of the physicians and medical ethics and professionalism.
Schulich Clinical and Basic Science faculty educators teach using cases. Current and past patients frequently participate and share their health care related experiences.
Independent self‑learning is reinforced by weekly, small group sessions facilitated by faculty tutors. Both the London and Windsor campuses offer learning resource facilities to support self-directed study.
At the end of the first year of study, you participate in Discovery Week to learn about medical care in regional communities. Many physicians in small, rural communities invite you to work with them through the full range of their practice.
Additionally, you are encouraged to enhance your learning during the summer and may choose to participate in research programs or non-clinical electives at a domestic partner site working with First Nations People in southwestern Ontario, Canada’s far north or an international partner site in Asia, Africa or South America.
Year 3 (Clerkship)
During the third-year integrated clinical clerkship, you are an active member of the clinical care team in the following medical disciplines:
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Most rotations offer you a choice of electives that allow you to explore a personal clinical learning plan. Under the supervision of faculty and residents, the Clerk role is supported through assessed responsibility to advance individual patient care, investigation, diagnosis and management within the hospital, community, and outpatient settings.
Our clerkship experience is equivalent at both sites. Some of the core, and most of the Family Medicine rotations are offered throughout our network of distributed medical education partner sites throughout southwestern Ontario.
Each rotation has large and small group learning modules that provide students with the opportunity to meet regularly as a cohort.
Year 4 – Clinical Science Electives, and Integration & Transition
Clinical Science Electives comprise the first part of year 4. You may select electives in any area of discipline and can complete your learning experience at any Schulich teaching site or as a visiting student at an accredited Canadian university. Integration & Transition (I & T) comprises the second part of year 4.
The I & T course is grounded in small, self‑directed groups using case-based modules. Each module introduces a theme from common chronic and acute health care needs in Canada using new or advanced knowledge in Basic and Clinical Sciences.
I & T provides you with skills transferable to residency studies – regardless of specialty. The course has a number of large group lectures that serve to introduce the case and enrich student learning through material delivered by individual and/or team taught sessions by Basic and Clinical Science faculty educators.
Integration & Transition also includes mandatory sessions that include the following:
- a research module;
- advanced communication sessions and physician career planning;
- skills for residency;
- personal wellness; and
Our medical school is proud of the prominent role students play in leading course evaluations and supporting continuous quality improvement to course material, teaching, research, social accountability and pedagogy.
Schulich Medicine has more than 100 student-led clubs and initiatives with faculty supporters in areas from the Humanities to Rural Medicine to Surgical Care.
Each year more than $5 million in scholarships, awards and bursary funding is distributed to assist Schulich Medicine students with the greatest financial need, with more than $850,000 distributed to first-year medical students.
Within Schulich Medicine, there are Schulich Scholarships awarded annually ($25,000/year for 4 years) as well as several endowment funds available for disbursement in the form of scholarships/bursaries and awards.
In addition, there are other university‑based awards issued by Western University as well as loans available through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Through these and other measures, we aspire to prevent financial considerations from acting as a barrier to any student wishing to study medicine at our school.
Academic Admission Requirements
Enrollment is limited. Admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program is highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure an interview or acceptance. You are eligible to apply for admission to the first year of the program if you satisfy the following requirements:
- Undergraduate Degrees
You must have a 4‑year degree or equivalent from a recognized university. You may be in the final year of a 4‑year degree at the time you apply. No preference is given for the undergraduate program of study and there are no course prerequisites. If you have earned a degree, you may elect to continue in full‑time undergraduate studies. Only the first such “special year” you take will be considered for determining the grade point average (GPA). A special year will only be considered if it contains 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. First‑year courses, repeat/antirequisite courses, and second‑year courses that do not require a first‑year prerequisite are not acceptable in the special year.
Applicants who embark on a second undergraduate degree program are eligible to apply only during the final year of their new program. In order to be considered for GPA purposes, the second degree must be a 4-year degree or equivalent. In this situation, GPA consideration will be based only on the 2 best years of the second degree program. Course load and course level requirements for the second degree are analogous to the requirements of the first degree. Applicants who are given a conditional offer must complete all program requirements for the second degree by June 30.
Note: If you are a graduate student, completing a thesis-based master’s, you must have completed all requirements for your graduate degree. OMSAS must receive your final transcripts showing that all requirements for your graduate degree were completed (or a letter attesting to the same) by June 30.
If you are enrolled in a course-based master’s at the time of application you must complete all requirements by August 15. A letter of good standing indicating there are no concerns with meeting all requirements of the course-based master’s degree must be received at OMSAS no later than June 30. Western does not take graduate courses into consideration for the GPA; only undergraduate years are used.
If you are currently enrolled in a master’s program, you are encouraged to make inquiries about our MD/PhD program.
Schulich Medicine will not consider applications to the first year of the medical program form individuals who are currently registered in a Doctor of Medicine Program or equivalent elsewhere.
The GPA minimums are reset each year. You must meet or exceed this minimum in each of 2 undergraduate years of full‑time study (1 of which may be the current year). Full‑time study is defined as 5 full or equivalent courses with 30 or more credit hours, taken between September and April. To be considered, each year must contain at least 3 full course equivalents whose published academic level is at, or above, the year of study (for example, in third year, at least 3 full course equivalents must be at the third or fourth year level).
Note: Only 1 full pass/fail credit will be permissible in each of the 2 years being considered for the GPA.
MCAT minimums are reset each year. You must meet or exceed these thresholds in your most recent MCAT writing. All applicants must have written the MCAT version introduced in April 2015. Test scores from the previous version of the MCAT will no longer be valid. If you apply from designated counties in Southwestern Ontario (Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham‑Kent, Elgin, and Essex Counties), you must meet the same overall score but are afforded some flexibility for individual component scores. You must arrange for your verified MCAT results to be submitted directly to OMSAS.
To apply, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. If you are a permanent resident of Canada you must submit a copy of the front and back of your current Permanent Residency Card to OMSAS by the application deadline to be considered.
- Confidential Assessment Form
References are required from 3 persons who, in your opinion, will give an informed critical assessment and make statements regarding your character, qualities, and academic capabilities. At least 1 referee should be a non-academic/character referee.
Select applicants will be invited for an interview. Applications of individuals who satisfy the academic requirements, as determined by the Admissions Committee each year, will be reviewed carefully and will receive consideration for an interview. The admissions interviews are structured, standardized 45‑minute interviews with a panel of 3 representatives: 1 physician, 1 senior medical student, and 1 community representative.
- English Proficiency
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant whose facility in written and spoken English is judged to be inadequate.
- Basic Life Support Training
You will be required to complete training in Standard First Aid and a CPR Basic Rescuer course (Level C), and be able to produce valid certificates before enrollment in the MD program. It is the student’s responsibility to keep this up-to-date.
- Statement on Potential Health Risks and Immunization Requirements
As a student, you will be required to care for persons with infectious diseases (including Hepatitis B and HIV), should you be assigned to them. When you are accepted into the MD program, documentation of immunization and tuberculin status will be required.
- Police Record Check, Including Vulnerable Sector Screening
As a medical student, you will interact with vulnerable populations through the course of your academic program. In recognition of the requirements of clinical agencies to ensure that medical students do not place vulnerable populations at risk, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry requires you to provide, as a condition of your admission into the MD program, a current Police Record Check, including a Vulnerable Sector (Position) Screening. In the rare instance where you do not receive all clear status, you may request a hearing before the Police Records Committee. The PRC committee’s decision is final.
Any applicant who has been convicted of a criminal offence for which he or she has not received a pardon is strongly urged to consult with his or her provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons, as medical graduates with criminal records may not be eligible to receive licensure to practice medicine.
Important Dates and Deadlines
September 15, 2017 (4:30 pm ET)
Last date to register for an OMSAS account.
October 2, 2017 (4:30 pm ET)
Last day to submit applications. There are no exceptions.
Late January 2018
Minimum GPA and MCAT scores are posted.
March 3 & 4 and March 24 & 25, 2018
Interview dates for Schulich Medicine.
May 8, 2018
First round of offers of admission.
End of August 2018
White Coat Ceremony.
End of August to Early September 2018
Medical Foundations Week and start of MD program.
Health Care Improvement in Southwestern Ontario and Indigenous Communities
As a component of our mandate, Schulich Medicine will give special consideration to you if you indicated on your OMSAS application that you are from designated communities in Southwestern Ontario (Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham‑Kent, Elgin, and Essex Counties) and/or from the Indigenous communities.
Schulich Medicine Distributed Education is a partnership of more than 60 communities throughout Southwestern Ontario that offers rural and regional medical education to undergraduate and postgraduate learners from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
The clinical clerkship, or third year of the medical program, is constituted so all clerks will spend at least part of their third year (clerkship) outside of London or Windsor in various regional locations.
By accepting an offer of admission to the Doctor of Medicine program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, you indicate your consent to participate fully in our approach to learning. These community rotations can be undertaken during Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, and Psychiatry clerkship training.
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit physicians. Schulich Medicine has designated 5 seats in each entering class for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. If you self‑identify as an Indigenous person and one of Canada’s First Peoples and wish to be considered for the designated seats, you must also provide at the time of application:
- Official confirmation of status or proof of ancestral origin
- A Personal Statement describing experiences within Indigenous communities
- Additional letters of support from Indigenous communities or organizations (in addition to three general reference letters)
You will be assessed on a balanced portfolio that includes academic achievements, MCAT scores, letters of support and a personal statement that provides evidence of long-term involvement in the Indigenous community and the impact of these experiences.
Only in exceptional circumstances will an applicant with a GPA of less than 3.30 or MCAT sectional scores below the 50th percentile be considered for the designated seats. Applicants invited to an interview will be welcomed by an interview panel consisting of an Indigenous physician, Indigenous community member and senior medical student.
For further information First Nations, Métis, and Inuit applicants and students considering a future career in Medicine are encouraged to contact:
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Admissions Office
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Indigenous Liaison Officer
- A maximum of 3 seats will be set aside each year for the MD/PhD program.
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD/MSc Program. A maximum of 1 seat is available each year for the OMFS/MD/MSc program.
- Admission and Application Policies
The maximum number of places available in first year is 171 (133 in London, 38 in Windsor). After the final application date, send any supplementary information that is relevant to your application to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, by the last day of May in the year after you submit your application. You may request a review of the Medicine Admissions Committee’s decision, provided such a request is based upon new and significant information pertinent to the application. This request must be filed with the Admissions Office, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, no later than 2 weeks after the original decision was issued. The request should contain information not available to you prior to the last Wednesday in May in the year after you submitted your application. This request will be forwarded to the Executive of the Admissions Committee, whose decision is final.
- Co‑op Programs and Clinical Placements
All degree programs that have a co‑op or clinical placement component are dealt with on an individual basis. If you have questions about how this is considered, email admissions. If you enroll in a co‑op degree program, your academic course work will be considered as follows:
- The 2 years considered for GPA purposes will be the best 2 academic years with a full course load (5 full or equivalent courses).
- An “academic year” in this case will consist of the 2 semesters that combine to complete 1 of the mandatory “years” of the program (e.g., your third year may consist of courses taken September to December and May to September, while you are registered by your university as a third‑year student).
- 2 semesters belonging to different academic years of study will not be considered.
- Graduate Students
If you are enrolled in a thesis-based master’s, you must have completed all requirements for your graduate degree. OMSAS must receive your final transcripts showing that all requirements for your graduate degree were completed (or a letter attesting to the same) by June 30. If you are enrolled in a course-based master’s at the time you apply, you must have completed all requirements by August 15. A letter of good standing indicating there are no concerns with meeting all requirements of the course-based master’s degree must be received at OMSAS no later than June 30. Western does not take graduate courses into consideration for the GPA; only undergraduate years are used. If you are currently enrolled in a master’s program, you are encouraged to make inquiries about our MD/PhD program.
- Repeat Courses
Schulich Medicine does not accept repeat courses. If a course is repeated, the course is not counted in the course load for that year, nor is it factored into the GPA calculation for that year. Therefore, if you take 5 full or equivalent courses but 1 of them is a repeat course, that year will be considered to have less than a full course load and is not suitable for GPA calculations.
- Summer Courses
Summer courses will not be counted in the overall GPA for interview and admission consideration and will not be counted as part of the September to April course load.
- Disability and Admission to Medicine
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and University Policy, is committed to the provision of equal access opportunities to all qualified applicants. To fulfill the requirements of the MD degree and to avoid serious risk to the health and safety of patients/clients, you are required to acquire competency in a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities. Individuals with special needs are advised to contact Admissions, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, and to carefully review the OMSAS Essential Skills and Abilities Required.
- Transfer Students
Transfer consideration is restricted to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada currently enrolled in a Canadian medical school. Applicants considering transfer must contact the Admissions Office. For detailed information on transfer into the undergraduate Medical program, please refer to the Transfer of Student for Program Studies in Undergraduate Medical Education policy [PDF].
- Foreign Courses/Grades
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and have completed your undergraduate‑level university education outside of Canada, you may apply to the Schulich MD program. In this situation, your foreign transcripts must be assessed by World Education Services (WES).
Find more information on Assessment of International Academic Credentials.
- Candidates from Accredited Degree-Granting Institutions
Candidates with acceptable standing at accredited degree‑granting institutions may be considered for admission provided that the content of studies completed is equivalent in content to the courses offered by Western and meets the requirements of the program you applied to. We will review other candidates on an individual basis. Admission in all cases is competitive.
Note: Schulich Medicine will not consider applications to the first year of the medical program from individuals who are currently registered in a Doctor of Medicine Program or equivalent elsewhere.
Tuition and Deposit
A $1,000 deposit is required when you are accepted. The deposit will be put toward tuition fees.
Submitting false information will subject you to disciplinary action in accordance with Western University policy.
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Health Sciences Addition, Rm. H103
1151 Richmond St.
London ON N6A 5C1