OMSAS – Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Western University)

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2021 admission.

University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.

Last updated: July 9, 2020

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Note: We review the admission policy annually. Admission requirements from previous years may not apply. The following admission requirements are for fall 2021.

Western University reserves the right to review and change the admission requirements at any time, without notice.

For the most up‑to‑date information on policy, refer to the Western Academic Calendar and the Schulich Medicine Admissions website.


About the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides 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 (MD) Program runs simultaneously from 2 campuses: London and Windsor, Ontario. Each year, a portion of the admitted class will complete all of their academic studies through the Schulich Medicine Windsor Campus and graduate from Western University.

The curriculum is delivered across diversified environments throughout Southwestern Ontario via Schulich Medicine Distributed Education. All students will spend at least a part of their third year (clerkship) outside Windsor and London in various regional locations. The development of the Windsor Campus 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 campus. We will process applications for both campuses and subject them to the same admission criteria. If you are successful in receiving an offer of admission from Schulich Medicine, we will attempt to place you at your preferred campus. However, if the allotted seats at that campus are full, we will offer you a seat in the other location.

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MD Program Structure

Our MD Program is a 4-year competency-based curriculum with the goal for each graduate to achieve the competencies and skills to be ready to enter any residency program, as defined from national standards. The curriculum delivers clinical, experiential, and active personal and team-based learning to create Master Adaptive Learners during these times of substantial change. The curriculum is socially accountable to the context of care in Southwestern Ontario, while addressing the evolving complexity of care in Canada.

We launched our renewed competency-based curriculum in 2019 and have furthered our model to a “Hybrid Adaptive Curriculum” that supports students through a variety of learning modalities. Harnessing established best practices in learning from Western, we will retain the core values of face-to-face communication in key courses, partner with technology for others, and continue to emphasize experiential learning.

Goals of the curriculum include:

  1. improving patient care using an outcomes-based approach,
  2. aligning with Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) in Canada at the postgraduate level,
  3. ensuring students demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet the needs of Canadian patients and communities, regionally and nationally, and
  4. preparing students for life-long learning.

The move to a CBME curriculum offers a unique opportunity for our MD Program to embrace new models of medical education that have been successfully adopted by other North American and European medical schools. By advancing our current mission of the MD Program – to graduate socially accountable generalist physicians, competent clinicians, scholars and emerging leaders in a rapidly changing health care environment – we envision our School will become a leader through our innovative model of undergraduate medical education.

Schulich Medicine graduates will be well prepared to meet the challenges of health care delivery for tomorrow. They will be leaders who seamlessly integrate in teams of other health care professionals to deliver and advance care and knowledge locally, nationally and globally. They will take an approach to care that is grounded in evidence, shaped by the local needs of the populations they serve and accountable in resource and quality outcomes. Students will integrate with other health care professionals, as well as foundational and clinical science colleagues, to deliver, innovate and advance clinical care with the communities they serve, locally, nationally and globally.

Curriculum Highlights

Our MD Program is a 4-year program. The program is divided into integrated years of learning, offering curriculum from large and small group, laboratory, simulated, team and experiential workplace immersive learning.

Years 1 and 2

Year 1 and Year 2 courses involve:

  • Case-based learning in teams
  • Laboratory experiences in foundational sciences
  • Small group learning
  • Simulation learning
  • Individual independent study
  • Interactive large group learning (including team-based learning)
  • Lectures
  • Project-based experiential learning
  • Supervised clinical learning experiences

The curriculum provides foundational learning in the basic and clinical sciences for application in Year 3 and 4 clinical immersion education. You will be required to complete all course requirements offered, including semester-long integrated courses and longitudinal year-long courses.

At the end of Year 1, you will participate in Discovery Week to learn about medical care in regional communities. Many physicians in small, rural communities invite students to work with them through the full range of their practice.

Additionally, we encourage you to enhance your learning during the summer. You may choose to participate in research programs or non-clinical electives at a domestic partner site working with various communities and peoples in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada, or at an international partner site.

Year 3

Year 3 is a 52-week, single-course integrated clerkship where you are immersed as active members of clinical care teams in the following medical disciplines:

  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

Within these disciplines, there are additional elective learning options and mandatory sessions in Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Emergency Medicine. You learn and work under the direct supervision of faculty and postgraduate resident physicians.

As a Year 3 student, you are given graded responsibility within health care facilities at our associate clinical affiliates (hospitals, ambulatory clinics, physician offices) in London, in Windsor and across our distributed education network. Areas of graded responsibility include: Diagnosis, investigation and management of patient care in acute and chronic care with inpatient and outpatient experiences.

We assess you in a competency-based process grounded in mandatory satisfactory achievement of Medical Expert and Professional competencies, with no concerns identified in the progression of achievement for the other 5 core curricular competencies:

  1. Communicator
  2. Collaborator
  3. Scholar
  4. Advocate
  5. Leader

Your learning experience is unique, but you will be required to meet rotation and course objectives. In Year 3, you must complete a Community Clinical Clerkship rotation for a minimum of 4 weeks in the distributed education region.

Year 4

The curriculum in Year 4 is divided into 2 single-term courses consolidating the prior learning:

  • Term 1, Clinical Science Electives (16 weeks), is a course of assessed-clinical or research-based experiences you select in any area of medicine of interest at Schulich Medicine, other Canadian medical schools and carefully selected international medical schools.
  • The curriculum in Term 2, Integration & Transition (16 weeks), assesses cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning in a student-centred and student-directed manner, to ensure the understanding, analysis and synthesis of knowledge and skills necessary in transition to postgraduate medicine education.

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Student Experience

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is committed to providing a welcoming and accommodating environment for all. We recognize that diversity is a source of strength that promotes a culture of excellence, innovation, flexibility and adaptability that thrives from the contributions of all our members. We accept, value, nurture and celebrate diversity.

Diversity in our learning environments allows for a rich educational experience and propels innovation in clinical care and research by developing culturally competent future physicians, researchers and health care leaders. Given Canada’s social fabric, diversity in our classrooms ensures ongoing health care excellence at a national level.

Our School is proud of the prominent role that students play in collaborating with educators and facilitators in engaging in course evaluations and supporting continuous quality improvement of the learning environment, including 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.

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Financial Support

Each year, we distribute more than $5 million in scholarships, awards and bursaries to assist Schulich Medicine students with the greatest financial need, with more than $850,000 distributed to first-year medical students.

Within Schulich Medicine, Schulich Scholarships are awarded annually ($26,200/year for 4 years), and several endowment funds available for disbursement in the form of scholarships, bursaries and awards.

Specific Schulich Medicine scholarships and bursaries are also available for Indigenous students.

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.

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Academic Admission Requirements

Enrollment is limited. Admission to the 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:

1. Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Degree

You must have completed, or be enrolled in the final year of, a 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognized university, at the time you apply. We do not give preference for the undergraduate program of study and there are no course prerequisites.

Special Year

After graduating with a 4-year undergraduate degree, you may elect to continue in full-time undergraduate studies. Prior to the Special Year, you must already have 1 undergraduate year (September to April) that meets our minimum GPA, course load and course level requirements. Only the first Special Year will be considered for the GPA, and only if it contains 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. First-year courses, repeat/antirequisite courses, pass/fail courses and second-year courses that do not require a first-year prerequisite are not acceptable in the Special Year.

Second Undergraduate Degree

If you embark on a second undergraduate degree, you are not eligible to apply until the final year of your new program. In order to be considered for GPA purposes, your second or most recent degree must be equivalent to a 4-year degree, even though it may not take 4 years to complete. GPA consideration will be based only on the 2 best years of the second degree. Course load and course level requirements for the second degree are analogous to the requirements of the first degree. Academic transcripts must clearly show that you have met both the course load and course level requirements. If you are given a conditional offer, you must complete all program requirements for the second degree by June 30, 2021.

Graduate Degrees

If you are enrolled in a graduate degree program at the time of application, you must complete all program requirements. Withdrawal from a graduate degree program after the application deadline in order to enroll in Schulich Medicine will not be acceptable.

  • If you are enrolled in a thesis-based graduate degree program at the time of application, you must complete all program requirements, including successful defence and final assessment, by June 30, 2021. A final transcript showing that all requirements for the graduate degree were completed or a letter attesting to the same must be received by OMSAS by June 30, 2021.
  • If you are enrolled in a course-based graduate degree program at the time of application, you must complete all program requirements by August 15, 2021. A letter of good standing indicating there are no concerns with meeting all requirements of the course-based graduate degree must be received by OMSAS by June 30, 2021.
  • We do not take graduate degrees into consideration for the GPA; only undergraduate years are used.
  • If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a master’s program and you have a strong interest in research, we encourage you to make inquiries about our MD/PhD program.

2. GPA

We reset GPA minimums each year.

If you are presenting 2 undergraduate years for GPA consideration that do not include the 2019-2020 academic year affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the following must be met:

  • You must meet or exceed the minimum GPA in each of your 2 best 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 (minimum 30 credit hours), taken between September and April.
  • Each of the 2 years must contain at least 3 full-course equivalents (18 credit hours) whose published academic level is at, or above, the year of study. (For example, in second year at least 3 full-course equivalents must be at the second-year level or above).
  • Only 1 full or equivalent pass/fail course (6 credit hours) will be permissible in each of the 2 years being considered for the GPA.

If you are presenting the 2019-2020 academic year affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as 1 of your academic years for GPA consideration, all of the following must be met:

  • During the 2019-2020 academic year, you must have completed 5 full or equivalent courses (minimum 30 credit hours) of which 3 full-course equivalents (18 credit hours) must have a published academic level at, or above, the year of study.
  • The GPA will be calculated on grades from the fall 2019 semester only. Due to the transition of many universities to pass/fail or credit/no credit, grades from the winter 2020 semester will not be used in the calculation of GPA in order to ensure a fair assessment for all candidates.
  • Only 1 full or equivalent pass/fail course (2 half courses, 6 credit hours) will be permissible in the fall 2019 semester.

3. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

We reset MCAT minimums each year based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool. You must arrange for verified MCAT results to be submitted directly to OMSAS.

We will accept MCAT results provided the test was written no more than 5 years prior to the current OMSAS application deadline.

Note:

  • Schulich Medicine requires the MCAT be written prior to the application deadline.
  • The MCAT must be written within 5 years of the current application deadline.
  • All sections of the MCAT may be considered.
  • If written more than once, scores from the most recent writing of the MCAT are used.

If you are applying through the Southwestern Ontario Stream, ACCESS Pathway or Military Medicine Training Program, you must meet the same overall score but may have different minimum thresholds for the individual components of the MCAT score compared to general stream applicants as part of the School’s mandate for social accountability and responsibility.

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Non‑academic Admission Requirements

Citizenship

You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (landed immigrant) at the time of application. If you are a permanent resident of Canada (landed immigrant), you must submit a copy of the front and back of your current permanent resident card to OMSAS by the application deadline to be considered.

Confidential Assessment Forms

References are required from 3 persons who, in your opinion, know you well enough to provide an informed critical assessment and make statements regarding your character, qualities and academic capabilities. At least 1 referee must be a non-academic/character referee. Schulich Medicine reserves the right to contact referees to confirm evaluations. Ensure that the contact information for referees is complete, current and correct. References will be accepted until December 1, 2020.

Western Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch

We are committed to enrolling self-directed, motivated, resilient students who reflect the diversity of the patients they serve, and who demonstrate compassion and advocacy for others. To help achieve this goal, we would like to learn more about you through your activities and life experiences. You will be asked to link a few activities from your OMSAS Autobiographical Sketch to 4 domains:

  1. Teamwork and Leadership
  2. Respect for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  3. Social Accountability and Responsibility
  4. Self-directed Learning, Problem-Solving and Critical Inquiry

Notes:

  • You must provide a verifier for each activity you list. We reserve the right to contact verifiers to corroborate the information provided. Ensure that the contact information for each verifier is complete, current and correct, and that your verifier is willing to be contacted.
  • Choose activities that give us insight into who you are and what you value. Social Accountability and Responsibility does not need to refer to formal or organized volunteer positions. All experiences you choose to highlight will be evaluated in a holistic manner.

Interview

In order to have a fair selection process, we evaluate applicants based on a composite of academic and non-academic attributes. We will invite select applicants for an interview. Admission interviews are structured and standardized, 45‑minutes in duration, with a 3-person panel consisting of a physician, a senior medical student and a community representative.

English Proficiency

Schulich Medicine 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 will be your 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 C, and HIV), should you be assigned to them. When you are accepted into the MD Program, documentation of immunization, tuberculin and blood-borne pathogen status will be required.

Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

As a medical student, you will interact with vulnerable populations throughout 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, we require you to provide, as a condition of your admission into the MD Program, a current Police Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Screening. In the rare instance where you do not receive all clear status, you may request a hearing before the Executive of the Admissions Committee. The Executive of the Admissions Committee’s decision is final.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

October 1, 2020 (4:30 pm ET)
Last day to submit applications. There are no exceptions.

December 1, 2020
Deadline for OMSAS to receive references.

January/February 2021
Minimum GPA and MCAT scores are posted.

March 6-7 & 27-28, 2021
Interview dates for Schulich Medicine.

May 11, 2021
First round of offers of admission are sent out.

End of August/early September 2021
White Coat Ceremony

End of August/early September 2021
Medical Foundations Week and start of MD Program.

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Health Care Improvement in Southwestern Ontario and Indigenous Communities

As a component of our mandate, we will give you special consideration if you indicated on your OMSAS application that you completed all 4 years of high school and graduated within the designated counties in Southwestern Ontario (Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Essex) and/or are from the Indigenous communities.

Southwestern Ontario Applicants

We grant applicants from Southwestern Ontario some flexibility with minimum scores for the individual sections of the MCAT. If you are a Southwestern Ontario applicant, you must still meet the same GPA, course load and course level requirements, total MCAT score and non-academic admission requirements, as general applicants. We reset MCAT minimums each year based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

If you are invited for an interview, you must submit an original high school transcript when registering for an interview. There are no fixed seats or quotas. Applying as a Southwestern Ontario applicant does not guarantee admission.

Indigenous Applicants

We are committed to increasing the number of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) physicians. We have designated 5 seats in each entering class for Indigenous students. If you self‑identify as an Indigenous person and wish to be considered for 1 of the designated seats, you must upload the following additional documents to OMSAS through Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) by the application deadline of October 1, 2020:

  • Official confirmation of status or proof of ancestral origin
  • A personal statement describing why you applied through the Indigenous stream, including your experiences within Indigenous communities and the impact of these experiences
  • Additional letters of support from Indigenous communities or organizations (in addition to 3 general reference letters)

You will be assessed on a balanced portfolio that includes academic and non-academic achievements, as well as the letters of support and personal statement as described in this section.

Only in exceptional circumstances will we consider an applicant with a GPA of less than 3.30 or MCAT sectional scores below the 50th percentile for the designated seats.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be welcomed by traditional Elders to provide cultural and social support, and to share a meal. An Indigenous medical student will be available to provide mentorship and you will have opportunity to meet with Indigenous faculty and staff. The interview panel will consist of an Indigenous physician, Indigenous community member and senior medical student.

Read more about the required documentation.

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ACCESS Pathway

We are committed to respect for diversity, inclusion and equity. We seek to admit well-rounded, mature, motivated and caring students with outstanding cognitive and non-cognitive abilities who have genuine empathy for others.

We recognize that some applicants may have faced barriers on their path to applying to medicine. As part of our commitment to inclusivity and equity, we wish to mitigate barriers for these applicants, where possible, while ensuring fairness for all applicants.

The ACCESS Pathway is for applicants who may have been adversely impacted by circumstances that created a disadvantage. These may include medical, socio-cultural and/or financial barriers.

If you apply through the ACCESS Pathway, you may be considered for MCAT flexibility with minimum scores for the individual sections of the MCAT. You must still meet the same GPA, course load and course level requirements, total MCAT score and non-academic admission requirements, as general applicants. We reset MCAT minimums each year based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

If you apply through the ACCESS Pathway, you must upload the following additional documents to OMSAS through Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) by the application deadline of October 1, 2020:

  • Describe why you are applying in this pathway, including which barrier(s) are applicable to your situation (sociocultural, financial, medical);
  • Provide a written statement on how you have adapted to and/or overcome your barrier and your potential for success in medical school and
  • Provide supporting documentation regarding your barrier, as outlined in Socio-cultural Barrier, Medical Barrier or Financial Barrier.

Socio-cultural Barrier

A socio-cultural barrier is a barrier related to societal, cultural, familial or environmental factors that may potentially have had an adverse impact on your ability to adequately prepare for a path to medical school. Given the wide variety of activities and achievements that are considered acceptable in the application to Schulich Medicine, the impact of the barrier(s) must be beyond stating the lack of appropriate role models to guide an individual.

To be considered for the ACCESS Pathway because of a socio-cultural barrier, you must provide objective documentation that is most supportive for the barrier(s) presented. Documentation from family members, relatives or friends will not be acceptable.

Medical Barrier

A medical barrier is defined as a disability and/or life-threatening illness affecting you during your university education. If you have a medical barrier, we encourage you to apply if you have the skills and abilities to successfully meet the essential requirements of a medical degree. As well, you must have the skills and abilities to ensure your own safety and the safety of the patients you interact with and care for during your medical training. These skills and abilities are outlined in the “Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Entry to a Medical Degree Program” document approved by the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM).

To be considered for the ACCESS Pathway because of a medical barrier, you must provide all of the following supporting documentation for a reasonable assessment:

  1. Official documentation on whether accommodations were provided and the nature of these accommodations for writing the MCAT. (If no accommodations were provided for writing the MCAT, please state this.)
  2. Official documentation on whether accommodations were provided and the nature of these accommodations for your university learning. (If no accommodations were provided, please state this.)
  3. Official documentation by a licensed professional on how your illness and/or disability impacts/impacted your learning and/or the learning of others. (Note: Although disclosing the name of a diagnosis is not required, the committee will require sufficient information on the impact of the illness and/or disability on your educational experience.)

If you are an applicant who has disabilities and wish to discuss requests for accommodations, email Accessible Education or call 519-661-2147.

Financial Barrier

We recognize that many students work part-time. However, to be considered as having a financial barrier, you must have been working at least 20 hours per week during each undergraduate academic year (September to April) for at least 2 academic years, where 1 year is engaged in full-time studies at an appropriate course level and load (as outlined in our GPA requirements).

To be considered for the ACCESS Pathway because of a financial barrier, you must provide all of the following documentation:

  1. An official letter from your employer(s) clearly outlining the hours and dates employed as they related to the definition of financial barrier provided in this section.
  2. A written statement clearly outlining how your circumstances meet the definition of financial barrier as described in this section, including a relevant timeline.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all relevant documentation is provided.

We reserve the right to verify supporting documentation. Falsification or misrepresentation of information will result in removal of the application from consideration and may be considered in any future applications to the University.

We will review this portion of your file holistically in this pathway. There are no fixed seats or quotas. Applicants through the ACCESS Pathway may be considered for MCAT flexibility but must meet all other academic and non-academic admission requirements. Applying through this pathway does not automatically guarantee granting of MCAT flexibility nor guarantee admission.

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Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) Pathway

The MMTP pathway is for applicants who are current active members of the Canadian Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 months prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2020.

The Canadian Armed Forces will fund a maximum of 3 supernumerary seats for the MMTP pathway.

If you apply through the MMTP pathway, you may be considered for MCAT flexibility with minimum scores for the individual sections of the MCAT. You must still meet the same GPA, course load and course level requirements, total MCAT score and non-academic admission requirements as general applicants. We reset MCAT minimums each year based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

To be eligible for the MMTP pathway, you must:

  • Be an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 months prior to the application deadline
  • Consent to have verification of your application with the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Be eligible and approved to receive funding of your medical school tuition by the Canadian Armed Forces. If you are not approved for funding by the Canadian Armed Forces, you will be considered within the general stream application process and must meet all general stream admissions requirements.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all relevant documentation is provided.

Applying through this pathway does not automatically guarantee granting of MCAT flexibility nor guarantee admission.

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Combined Programs

MD/PhD Program

A maximum of 3 seats will be set aside each year for the MD/PhD program.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)/MD/MSc Program

A maximum of 1 seat is available each year for the OMFS/MD/MSc program.

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Additional Information

Admission and Application Policies

The maximum number of places available in first year is 171 (133 in London, 38 in Windsor).

Co‑op Degree Programs

If the undergraduate degree being assessed for admission requirement is a co‑op degree program, your academic course work will be considered as follows:

  • The 2 years considered for the GPA will be the best 2 academic years with a course load of 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours).
  • An academic year will consist of the 2 semesters that combine to complete 1 of the mandatory years of the co-op degree program, as indicated on the official transcript issued by the degree-granting institution.
  • We will not consider semesters belonging to different academic years of study.

Online Degrees

If you completed an undergraduate degree online, you may apply as long as the degree is equivalent to a 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university. If it is not clear from the official transcript, you may need to provide additional documentation confirming that all courses were completed during the academic year (September to April).

Online Courses

If you completed online courses as part of an undergraduate degree, they may be considered as part of a full course load used for the GPA, course load and course level requirements, as long as they are completed during the academic year (September to April), and are indicated on the transcript of the university granting the undergraduate degree as being part of the undergraduate degree. If it is not clear from the official transcript, you may need to provide additional documentation confirming that online courses were completed during the academic year.

Repeat Courses

We do not accept repeat courses. If you repeat a course, we do not count the course in the course load for that year, nor do we factor it into the GPA calculation for that year. Therefore, if you take 5 full or equivalent courses but 1 of them is a repeat course, we will consider that year to have less than a full course load and not suitable for GPA consideration.

Summer Courses

We do not count summer courses in the overall GPA for admission consideration. Summer courses 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 Program 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

We can consider admission via transfer into Year 3 of the MD Program only if a vacancy exists that year. We do not permit transfers into Years 1, 2 or 4. We restrict transfer consideration to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrants) who are currently enrolled in a Canadian medical school. If you are an applicant considering transfer, you must contact the Admissions Office. For detailed information on transfer into the Schulich Medicine MD Program, 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 (landed immigrant) and have completed your undergraduate‑level university education outside of Canada, you may apply to the Schulich Medicine MD Program. In this situation, your foreign transcripts must be assessed by World Education Services (WES). Read more about the Assessment of International Academic Credentials.

Currently Registered in MD Program

We will not consider applications to the first year of the medical program from individuals who are currently registered in an MD Program or equivalent elsewhere.

Tuition and Deposit

We require a $1,000 deposit when you are accepted. The deposit will be applied to your tuition fees.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all relevant documentation is provided. Schulich Medicine reserves the right to verify supporting documentation. Falsification or misrepresentation of information will result in removal of your application from consideration and may be considered in any future application to the University.

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Contact Information

For further information, applicants and students considering a future career in medicine are encouraged to contact:

Admissions Office
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
Health Sciences Addition, Rm. H103
1151 Richmond St.
London ON  N6A 5C1

Telephone: 519‑661‑3744
Fax: 519‑850‑2360
Email: admissions.medicine@schulich.uwo.ca

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