OMSAS Referee Resources

Last updated: July 9, 2019

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New for 2020: In order for referees to provide uniform information that admission committees are specifically looking for from the reference process, every referee will be asked to fill out a Confidential Assessment Form (CAF). Additional letters of reference will no longer be accepted.

Confidential Assessment Form (CAF)

On the CAF, you will be asked the following:

  1. Would this applicant make a good physician?
  2. Rate the applicant on each of the following attributes:
    • Communication skills
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Professionalism (e.g., commitment to ethical practice, standards of behaviour and accountability to others)
    • Empathy (e.g., demonstrating consideration of others’ perspectives)
  3. Identify and comment on 1 area of improvement for the applicant.
  4. Share any other information you feel may be relevant to a medical school’s admission committee.
Important: Do not include the applicant’s name in your responses.

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Reference deadlines vary by university. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform you of the deadline for submitting your CAF.

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