OMSAS Referee Resources

Last updated: July 9, 2020

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Note: 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 are not accepted.


Confidential Assessment Form (CAF)

On the CAF, you will be asked to respond to 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.

To make corrections after submitting your CAF, follow the reset link at the top of your form.

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Deadlines

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

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