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

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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The following admission requirements are for Fall 2020.

Note: 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.

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 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 Schulich Medicine MD Program offers a dynamic and progressive curriculum in diversified environments throughout Southwestern Ontario that is delivered through Schulich Medicine Distributed Education. All students in the class 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. Applications for both campuses will be processed by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, and will be subject 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, a seat in the other location will be offered to you.

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MD Program Structure

The Doctor of Medicine Program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is transitioning the undergraduate medical education curriculum to a competency-based, active learning medical education (Competency-Based Medical Education [CBME]) model. This new curriculum will support personal and team adaptive learning, along with a new assessment model as the foundation of its CBME model. The new curriculum will be socially accountable to the context of care in Southwestern Ontario, while addressing the evolving complexity of care in Canada.

Goals of the curricular change include:

  1. improving patient care using an outcomes-based curriculum;
  2. aligning with 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 Schulich’s 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

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry 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.

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 and supervised clinical learning experiences. The curriculum is designed to provide foundational learning in the basic and clinical sciences for application in Year 3 and 4 clinical immersion education. Students are required to complete all course requirements offered, including semester-long integrated courses and longitudinal year-long courses.

At the end of Year 1, students 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, students are encouraged to enhance their learning during the summer. They 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 is a 52-week single-course clerkship completed as an integrated clerkship where learners are immersed as active members of clinical care teams in the following medical disciplines: Family Medicine, Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. Within these disciplines, there are additional elective learning options and mandatory sessions in Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Students learn and work under the direct supervision of faculty and postgraduate resident physicians. Year 3 students 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. Students are assessed in a competency-based process grounded in mandatory satisfactory achievement of Medical Expert and Professional with no concerns identified in the progression of achievement for the other 5 core curricular competencies: Communicator, Collaborator, Scholar, Advocate and Leader. Each student learning experience is unique, but each is required to meet rotation and course objectives. Each student in Year 3 must complete a Community Clinical Clerkship rotation for a minimum of 4 weeks in the distributed education region.

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 selected by the student in any area of medicine of interest at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, other Canadian medical schools and carefully selected international medical schools. The curriculum in Year 4, Term 2, Integration & Transition (16 weeks) is designed to assess 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

Our 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.

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Financial Support

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 ($26,200/year for 4 years), and 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.

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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:

  1. 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 be considered 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. 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, 2020.

    Note: Applicants enrolled in a graduate degree program at the time of application 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.

    Applicants enrolled in a thesis-based graduate degree program at the time of application must complete all program requirements, including successful defence and final assessment, by June 30, 2020. OMSAS must receive final transcripts showing that all requirements for their graduate degree were completed (or a letter attesting to the same) by June 30, 2020.

    Applicants enrolled in a course-based graduate degree program at the time of application must complete all program requirements by August 15, 2020. 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 no later than June 30, 2020.

    Schulich Medicine does not take graduate degrees 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 from individuals who are currently registered in a Doctor of Medicine Program or equivalent elsewhere.

  2. GPA
    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-year level or above).
    Note: Only 1 full pass/fail course will be permissible in each of the 2 years being considered for the GPA.
  3. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
    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 are not valid. If you have completed all 4 years of your high school in the designated counties in Southwestern Ontario (Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham‑Kent, Elgin, Essex), 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.

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Non‑Academic Admission Requirements

  1. Citizenship
    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 residence card to OMSAS by the application deadline to be considered.
  2. Confidential Assessment Form
    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 should 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 current and correct. References will be accepted until December 1, 2019.
  3. Western Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch
    Our school is 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 with this goal, we would like to learn more about you through the life experiences you had and activities you participated in. We will be asking you to link a few of the activities from your OMSAS Autobiographical Sketch to 4 domains: Teamwork and Leadership, Exposure to Diversity, Social Accountability and Social Responsibility, and Self-directed Learning, Problem-Solving and Critical Inquiry.

    Notes:

    1. Verifiers must be listed for each activity. Schulich Medicine reserves the right to contact verifiers to corroborate the information listed. Ensure that the contact information for the verifier is current and correct, and that your verifier is willing to be contacted.
    2. It is best to choose activities that give us insight into who you are and what you value. Social accountability and social responsibility does not always refer to formal or organized volunteering positions. You may choose to highlight where you helped a neighbour or advocated for someone or a cause at your employment. All experiences you choose to highlight for us will be evaluated in a holistic manner.

  4. Interview
    Select applicants will be invited for an interview. Applications of individuals who satisfy the academic and non-academic requirements, as determined by the Admissions Committee each year, will be reviewed carefully and receive consideration for an interview. The admission interviews are structured, standardized 45‑minute interviews with a panel of 3 representatives: 1 physician, 1 senior medical student and 1 community representative.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 the student’s responsibility to keep this up-to-date.
  7. 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.
  8. Police Record Check, Including 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, Schulich Medicine requires you to provide, as a condition of your admission into the MD Program, a current Police Record Check, including 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.

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.

Schulich Medicine’s Police Check Policy for Undergraduate Medical Students [PDF]

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Important Dates and Deadlines

October 1, 2019 (4:30 pm ET)
Last day to submit applications. There are no exceptions.

December 1, 2019
Deadline for OMSAS to receive references.

January/February 2020
Minimum GPA and MCAT scores are posted.

March 7 & 8 and March 28 & 29, 2020
Interview dates for Schulich Medicine.

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

End of August 2020
White Coat Ceremony.

End of August/Early September 2020
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, Schulich Medicine will give you special consideration if you indicated on your OMSAS application that you completed all 4 years of high school and graduated from 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

Applicants from Southwestern Ontario are granted some flexibility with minimum scores for individual sections of the MCAT, as long as they meet the overall total. Southwestern Ontario applicants who are invited for an interview 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

Schulich Medicine is committed to increasing the number of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) physicians. Schulich Medicine has designated 5 seats in each entering class for Indigenous 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 upload the following additional documents to OMSAS through Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) by the application deadline:

  • Official confirmation of status or proof of ancestral origin
  • A personal statement describing your experiences within Indigenous communities
  • 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 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.

Read more about the required documentation.

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ACCESS Pathway

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is 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 do recognize that some applicants may have faced barriers on their path to applying to medicine, and 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.

Effective July 1, 2019, Schulich Medicine has implemented an ACCESS pathway.

The ACCESS pathway is for those applicants who have been adversely impacted by circumstances that created a disadvantage. These may include medical, sociocultural and/or financial barrier(s).

Those who apply through the ACCESS pathway may be considered for MCAT flexibility using the same criteria as set for our Southwestern Ontario stream. The MCAT criteria are re-set annually based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

All applicants through the ACCESS Pathway must:

  • Describe why you are applying in this pathway;
  • provide supporting documentation regarding your barrier;
  • provide a written statement on how you have adapted to and/or overcome your barrier and your potential for success in medical school and
  • additional documentation (outlined in Medical Barrier or Financial Barrier) if applying via a medical and/or financial barrier.

Medical Barrier

A medical barrier is defined as a disability and/or life-threatening illness affecting you during your university education. Students with medical barriers are encouraged to apply if they have the skills and abilities to successfully meet the essential requirements of a medical degree. As well, students must have the skills and abilities to ensure their own safety and the safety of the patients they interact with and care for during their 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 their 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.)

Applicants to Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry who have disabilities and wish to discuss requests for accommodations should contact Accessible Education at ssd@uwo.ca or 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 academic year (Sept 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 an official letter from your employer(s) clearly outlining the hours and dates employed as they related to the above definition of financial barrier. In your written statement you must also clearly outline how your circumstances meet the definition of financial barrier as described above, 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.

This portion of your file will be reviewed holistically in this pathway. There are no fixed seats or quotas. Applicants through the ACCESS pathway must meet all other admission requirements as the Southwestern Ontario stream and general stream applicants. Applying through this pathway does not automatically guarantee granting of MCAT flexibility nor guarantee admission.

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

Admissions Office, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Email: admissions.medicine@schulich.uwo.ca
Telephone: 519‑661‑3744

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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.

OMFS/MD/MSc Program

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD/MSc Program. A maximum of 1 seat is available each year for the OMFS/MD/MSc program.

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Additional Information

  1. Admission and Application Policies
    The maximum number of places available in first year is 171 (133 in London, 38 in Windsor). 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. This request will be forwarded to the Executive of the Admissions Committee, whose decision is final.
  2. 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 these are 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 at your university as a third‑year student).
    • Two semesters belonging to different academic years of study will not be considered.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Transfer Students
    Admission via transfer into Year 3 of the MD Program can be considered only if a vacancy exists that year. Transfers are not permitted into Years 1, 2 or 4. 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 Schulich Medicine MD Program, refer to the Transfer of Student for Program Studies in Undergraduate Medical Education Policy [PDF].
  7. 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 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.
  8. Candidates from Accredited Degree-Granting Institutions
    If you have acceptable standing at accredited degree‑granting institutions, you 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 applied to your tuition fees.

Submitting false information will subject you to disciplinary action in accordance with the Western University policy.

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Contact Information

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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