Medical school advising

So you have decided you want to pursue a career as medical doctor? This is one of the most competitive admission process in North America and worldwide. At times the process might seem overwhelming and it requires thorough preparation and strategic planning ahead of time. Let us guide you to success! We will evaluate your chances of admission and create a strategy for various medical schools.


We will help you along the way with feedback on your CV and offer you over 40 projects that can enhance it. We will guide you along your path to becoming a physician with each and every component of your application from helping you craft your personal statement to getting the best reference letters, from mastering the secondary essays to MCAT referral, from interview practice to extracurricular activities.

For over 10 years we offered personalized advice to countless high school, undergraduate, graduate students, postdocs and other professionals  to get admission into leading medical school and launch their medical career. Learn for yourself why we are the number one medical school advising firm in Canada!

 We offer all the components of a successful application:

  • Evaluation of your credentials and academic and nonacademic record and create personalized strategies for improvement to be competitive for medical school
  • Advise you on programs, course selection and sequence to maximize your GPA, fulfill prerequisite and graduation requirements, and better prepare you for MCAT
  • ​Identify the right MD or MD/PhD program(s) for you (admission criteria, prerequisite requirements, MCAT score, culture, match rates, rotations and internships, hospital rankings, curriculum, faculty and research, grading policy, class profile and size, campus setting,location, tuition cost living expenses, teaching environment) 
  • Create a comprehensive list of medical school to apply based on an in depth objective evaluation of your candidacy, strength, and objectives
  • Comprehensive analysis, review, and editing of application
  • Tailor your application for your chosen schools that best fit you and your goals
  • Analysis of CV, references for those who did not receive interview invitation and individualized strategy to improve (see details below)
  • Personal statement review 
  • Enhance your applicant profile to showcase your unique qualities and achievements
  • Recommendation of scholarships, work, and extracurricular activities that will enhance your profile (see our extracurricular activities subpage)
  • Guidance in finding research opportunities
  • CV/resume review (see CV and resume page)
  • Personal statements review and customized editing (see statement page)
  • Recommendation of referees and evaluation and editing of reference letters 
  • Mock medical interview and coaching(Panel, MPI and MMI)
  • CASPer preparation and mock run
  • MCAT prep course timing, referral and preferred rate discount for our clients 
  • ​Medical career guidance
  • Medical school boot camp
  • 1 year pre-med program with direct admission to med school
  • High school to med school coaching
  • Medical school summer camp
We enhance your applicant profile through 40 projects in collaboration with Models of Human Diseases Group at U of Toronto to showcase your unique qualities and achievements.
 
Reapplication advising
The competition for medical school is getting tougher each year. Only a small fraction of applicants are successful after their first try. With our comprehensive, early on strategy we take pride in being the academic consulting company with most successful first time applicants.
We offer a detailed, all inclusive analysis of what went wrong and plan for future steps to increase chances of success next time around.

It is time to take action including:
  • detailed personalized reapplication plan
  • rewriting of your personal statement and essays
  • postbac and grad school advising
  • gap year planning
  • assessment of ways to improve your MCAT and GPA
  • assessment of your CV, activities, and application
  • analysis of your reference letter strength
  • assessment of your interview performance
  • creating of realistic school list
  • back-up options
 
What are your options?


Canadian medical schools 

The academic standards for medical school are high and the competition is stiff. The ideal path towards becoming a licensed physician in Ontario lasts at least ten years starting from first year university and includes: 3-4 years undergrad (B.Sc/B.A.), 1+ years for Masters and PhD,  3-4 years Undergrad Medical Program (M.D.), 2-6 years Residency, 2-3 years Subspecialty/Fellowships.


Pre-requisite courses are different for each school, and you need to know them when you enrol in an undergraduate program. GPA and MCAT cut-offs are also different and increase every year. You should aim to apply to a few out of province schools such as Dalhousie, UBC, or Alberta. As a Canadian graduate you are required to write only two residency exams: MCCQE parts I and II.

US medical schools
A number of US medical school accept out of state or international students. Most US schools have very strict prerequisite that vary broadly, but have larger ranges of GPA and MCAT cut-offs. Please refer to MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements). We will help you identify those schools that match your interest and qualification and narrow down your options to those based on our experience with our previous applicants who were offered letters of acceptance or interview invitations to our past students.

A large number of American medical schools offer a combined college/MD program for students applying from high school that lasts 6-9 years. In general tuition costs are higher than Canadian medical schools and you have to arrange your loans for fees and living costs. For more information refer to AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) website. In the U.S. you are required to write the residency exams USMLE Step 1, 2, 3.
 

1 year pre-med program with direct admission 
While for many Canadian students going directly from high school to medical school is just a dream, for most medical schools in Europe, Australia, and elsewhere this is the norm! With increased competition in medical schools in Canada and USA, many disappointed students who can not get in even after completing a Master degree, lot of effort and financial  burden, more and more high school students and parents prospect the opportunity of going from high school directly to med school. Some whose parents come from a country outside North America pursue their medical education in their backhome, and hope to match back as IMGs through CARMS. Those who do not have this option or want a North American education pursue medical schools in offshore schools. However most require 3 to 4 years of undergraduate studies. 

We have created  the first pre-med/postbaccalureate program in Canada that offers an intensive pre-med program (92 credits) in a year in Toronto. This program is designed for mature high school students who are committed to a career in medicine and want a fast track to med school.

International Medical Schools
Every international school has their own admission requirements and training that are distinct from American and Canadian systems. Off shore medical schools (mainly in Caribbean Islands) offer a combined program with half of the study time in the island and clinical rotations in USA and use the American curriculum. Students write the USMLE (step  1-3) and can match there for residency. You can also match for Canada but you have first to pass the USMLE and then the Canadian licensing exams (MCEE, MCCQEI and II). Some off shore schools require MCAT and have quite competitive GPA requirements. 


Many European schools take student directly from high school but have a 6 year program (UK, Ireland, Australia, Poland, etc.). Some require their own medical school entry exam. We have hosted many international and off shore schools for our workshops and can put you in contact with admission officers in Toronto. By attending a medical school outside of Canada and the U.S. you will be considered an IMG upon return to Canada.

                Click here to see our school comparison chart 


Things to consider in an international school:
  • Professional Certification
  • Accreditation by the World Health Organization
  • GPA, exam requirements
  • Faculty
  • USMLE passing rate
  • Residency matching success
  • Support for residency matching
  • Location
  • International student loans/OSAP
  • Scholarships
  • Travel time and accessibility
  • Tuition and living expenses
  • Campus
  • Student life/Housing
  • Family/Child services
  • Jobs for spouses

For a list of the accredited schools, visit:  http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/WDMS/PRELIM.pdf

With over 60 off shore medical schools listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), the Caribbean region is the preferred destination for US and Canadian students seeking alternatives to North American medical schools.The 25 most popular Caribbean medical schools are located on islands varying in size, demographic, and environment such as Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Aruba, Barbados, Bahamas, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Saba,Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius,  and Trinidad and Tobago. The quality, fee, success rate varies from school to school. The official languages of the island/country are English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento. We have created a chart that includes most key factor you should consider while choosing the best fit for you to help you navigate the wealth of information available. We have selected only schools recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and listed in IMED – a joint collaboration by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).
 
Most schools offer a curriculum based on that of U.S. medical schools and students are  prepared to pass United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE). Canadian students who want to practice in Canada have to pass also Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations (MCCQE). The off shore school have a 4-year medical school program with on-island 16 months (4 Terms) basic sciences portion, a 5th term of the basic sciences on-island or at a location in the US and the remainder of the medical education process, including clinical training and residency, in the U.S. and Canada, or EU.
 
Accelerated admission from high school to med school
Canadian high school to med school programs:
Queen’s University Pre-Medical Program QuARMS offers 10 exceptional high school students a unique 2-year undergraduate educational opportunity that prepares them for direct entry into Queen’s medical school.Chancellor’s Scholarship nominees enter medical school after only two years of undergraduate study.
CGEP/Med-P Programs (McGill U, Quebec)

US high school to med school programs: 
There are about 75 medical schools  that partner with one or more undergraduate institutions located in the same geographic region and offer exceptional students interested in med school the opportunity to apply directly from high school into a BS/MD program. These joint programs are extremely competitive. US MD grads can do their residency in Canada. They go through the same process as Canadian grads via CaRMS (Canadian Resident Matching Service).

Career Alternatives in Health Care/Back-up options 
Depending on your motivation to apply for medical school (intellectual stimulation, dedication to helping others, prestige, income, because my parents want me) we will help you create your exit strategy in case none of the above alternatives work for you. For those whose driving force is a passion for health care there are many medically related careers such as Doctor of Osteopathy, Chiropractor, Physician’s Assistant, Naturopathic Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Dietitian, Physical and Occupational therapy, Psychology, Optometry, Speech-language pathology, Genetic counseling, Forensic Science, etc. We can help you explore these careers and prepare your application.

Canadian medical schools
 
ONTARIO MEDICAL SCHOOLS

All applications for admission to the six Ontario medical schools are submitted through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS).The autobiographical sketch includes the 48-item listing of your activities (employment, education, volunteer work, extracurriculars, research and awards) since you were 16. It is required for all 6 schools in Ontario.The autobiographical submissions are specific to each school. Both McMaster and NOSM have 5 specific questions to answer while U of Toronto has an essay. Please refer to the official application webpages of each school for up last minute changes and detailed application information. 
 
McMaster Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
McMaster uses two main formulas in their admissions process: pre-interview: GPA and Autobiographical Sketch. You are also required to complete a 90 minutecomputer-based CASPer test to assess interpersonal skills and decision-making.  CASPer is 1/3 of your pre-interview score. Post-interview formula is: GPA and MMI Interview. Autobiographical Sketch has 5 short essay questions each being up to 700 characters long. in 2013 the questions where:
1. Ethics is considered one of the most important traits in a future physician. Describe an ethical dilemma that you have faced, how you dealt with it and what you learned from it.
2.  What strategies have you (or will you) use to ensure your learning is progressing at an appropriate pace?
3. Give an example of how you have been challenged around the issue of cultural competency and how you handled it.
4. What efforts have you made to determine if a career as a physician is the right career for you
5.  What do you think has been the most important contribution that you have made so far in your life? 
Three-year Bachelor's degree, official transcripts, autobiographical submissions. No prerequisite courses, however many successful applicants come from scientific backgrounds. Offers of admission are conditional upon completing a Basic Life Support Training for Health Care Providers. 
 
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Candidates must meet the following requirements to apply for admission to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine: A four-year undergraduate degree, Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) status, admission questionnaire, three Confidential Assessment Forms from referees an autobiographical sketch,a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on the 4.00 scale.The MCAT is not required. Applicants are invited for an interview based on their weighted GPA and score from the admissions questionnaire.The Northern Ontario School of Medicine uses the Multiple Mini Interview format. 
No specific courses are required, though a broad-based undergraduate education is recommended. Applicants with majors in science should have completed at least two full course equivalents in the Arts, Social Sciences and/or Humanities, while applicants with majors in Arts, Social Sciences and/or the Humanities will be expected to have completed at least two full course equivalents in science within their degree program.
 
Queen's University School of Medicine
The Queen’s admissions committee selects applicants to be interviewed only through a GPA and MCAT cut-off. At the interview stage, the two interviewers do have your 48 item autobiographical sketch but you are not ranked directly on it. Two undergraduate grade point averages (GPAs) will be calculated for each candidate: cumulative GPA (CGPA) and most recent two full-time years GPA (2YGPA). Minimum three years of undergraduate study, three Confidential Assessment Forms from referees, official transcripts, police check, proof of immunizations, personal information form, proof of Canadian citizenship, and an interview. There are no prerequisite or recommended courses.
They require a detailed autobiographical sketch as part of the application evaluation.  There are 7 categories included: Formal Education, Employment, Volunteer Activities, Extra-Curricular Activities, Awards & Accomplishments, Publications & Research, Other.
You are also requires to answer additional 6 questions (the sixth is optional): 
1. Why do you wish to become a physician? 
2. Explain how your development and previous experiences have contributed to your suitability to becoming a physician.
3. Explaining your choice as it relates to the study and practice of medicine, expand on one area described in the autobiographic sketch that demonstrates your sensitivity to others and the ability to form team relationships.
4. In relation to your anticipated study and practice of medicine, describe one area from your background that shows your ability for self-directed learning.
5. Explain your reasons for choosing your references.
6. Provide any other information that would aid the Admissions Committee in assessing your application (optional).
 
University of Ottawa School of Medicine
U of Ottawa requires a more detailed version of the 48-item sketch. Applicants  have to have prior to the beginning of June preceding registration three years of full-time studies (five full-year course/year) in any undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree, including four specific prerequisite courses: 1. one full year course (or two semester courses) in General Biology including laboratory session; 2. one full year course in Humanities or Social Sciences (or two semester courses in separate disciplines; 3. and 4. the equivalent of two full-year courses (or four semester courses) of the following Chemistry courses: i) General Biochemistry without laboratory session; ii) General Chemistry with laboratory session; iii) Organic Chemistry with laboratory session. Applicants are not required to write the MCAT. Admission questionnaire, proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status, three Confidential Assessment Forms from referees, a detailed autobiographical sketch, and an interview are required. Medical students must have completed a Basic Rescuer Level C CPR course within a year prior to registration in the medical program. 
 
University of Toronto School of Medicine
Academics are weighted 60% both before and after the interview. Your personal essay and reference letters are the most important aspect of your non-academic score before the interview. All applicants are required to submit an original personal statement, in an essay of 1,000 words or less on personal background, particular interests, and extracurricular experiences, preparation for a career in medicine, premedical studies and other activities that have prepared you for a career in medicine, four essays, autobiographical sketch, three letters of reference, criminal record check, proof of immunization, and an interview.  Extra-curricular activities, community involvement, travel experiences, hobbies,  have a great weight in the application as they indicate your well rounded personality and your skills such as:
1. maturity, reliability, perseverance and responsibility (professional cluster)
2. communication, collaboration, team work and leadership (communicator/collaborator/manager cluster)
3. advocacy, community service and social responsibility (advocate cluster)
4. achievements in academic standing, leadership, research and social responsibility as demonstrated by  awards, conference presentations, publications and scholarships (scholar cluster).
Minimum requirements: at least 3 years of study towards a Canadian university bachelor's degree in any discipline (equivalent of 15 credits), minimum GPA of 3.6 / 4.0 on the OMSAS scale, minimum MCAT scores of 9 in each of the three sections. Applicants educated outside of Canada must complete the equivalent of a Canadian four-year university bachelor's degree. Prerequisites: two full-course equivalents (FCE) in any life science, one FCE in any of social sciences, humanities, or a language. Standard First Aid, and a CPR "Basic Rescuer" course are required.
 
University of Western Ontario-Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
The first review of applicant information takes into account the candidate’s academic history and performance: completion of a 4-yeardegree; GPA in 2 best years, MCAT scores, three Confidential Assessment Forms from referees, proof of Canadian citizenship, proof of immunization, police records check All applicants must submit a 300 words personal statement to explain how their personal and education background has prepared them to deal with the increasing self-study component of the curriculum in Schulich Medicine. This essay and reference letters is what applicants are primarily graded on. The interview is blinded meaning the interviewers do not have access to your application so you have to market yourself as much as possible during the interview. 
For applicants from outside Southwestern Ontario, the MCAT minimums for the 2012-13 application cycle are as follows: Biological Sciences:   10, Physical Sciences: 9, Verbal Reasoning: 11, Writing Sample: Q. The minimum GPA is 3.70 for applicants both in and outside Southwestern Ontario. Some flexibility with the MCAT  is given to applicants from Southwestern Ontario.
While there are no required undergraduate courses, a mixture of Biological/Medical Science courses and Social Science/Humanities courses is recommended. Training in Standard First Aid and a CPR "Basic Rescuer" course (Level C) are required.
 
OTHER CANADIAN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Four-year Bachelor's degree, official transcripts, Personal Narrative with Abstract, two-page curriculum vitae, three referee reports, proof of citizenship and/or residency, MCAT, and Multiple Mini Interviews. Some applicants are exempt from the MCAT.Full year university-level courses, with laboratory work, in each of Biology, General Chemistry, and Physics, and one semester of university-level Organic Chemistry, with laboratory work. University-level courses in Biochemistry, Cell and/or Molecular Biology are strongly recommended.
 
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
Four-year Bachelor's degree strongly preferred, though three-year degrees will be considered, MCAT, personal essay, letters of reference, and an interview.
No specific course requirement.
 
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Medicine
Bachelor's degree, two referee reports, official transcripts, MCAT scores, and an interview. Applicants must also be aware of the Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine, which outlines the technical standards all successful applicants to the program will demonstrate. Prerequisite Courses:Six credit hours in English at a recognized university or university-college.
 
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Minimum  two full years of university, two official transcripts, two letters of reference, a minimum of five descriptions of personal activities, and an interview.
Prerequisite Courses: Full-year courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English, and half-year courses in Biochemistry and Statistics.
 
University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
Minimum of three full years (or 90 credits) of university, proof of Canadian citizenship, autobiographical sketch, official transcripts, and an interview.
Prerequisite Courses: Full-year courses (min. 6 credits) in each of Biology, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, and English.
 
University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine
Minimum of two full years of university, autobiographical essay, extracurricular activities, three letters of reference, GPA, MCAT, and an interview.
Prerequisite Courses: Recommended full-year courses in Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, English, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics, in addition to one-term courses in each of the following two groupings: Psychology, Anthropology or Sociology, and Calculus or Statistics.
 
University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine
Three-year Bachelor's degree [four-year degree strongly preferred], two official transcripts, three letters of reference, and Multiple Mini Interviews. 
Prerequisite Courses: For applicants with general (three-year) degrees, 18 credit hours in Social Sciences/Humanities courses must have been completed; applicants with four-year degrees may waive up to 12 of these hours. All applicants must have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours in Biochemistry at the university level with a minimum grade of C. All first year students must possess certification in Basic Life Support CPR. Recommended courses include Life Sciences, particularly Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology, and Genetics.
 
University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
Minimum two full years of undergraduate study, official transcripts, proof of Canadian citizenship, interview, criminal record check, and three reference letters.
Prerequisite Courses: University of Saskatchewan: 
Biology 120 and either Biology 121 or BIOL/BMSC 224,·Chemistry 112 and 250,·Physics 115 and 117,  English 110 or any two of English 111, 112, 113, and 114,·Social Science/Humanities – 6 credits, Biomedical Science 200 and 230.

University of Regina
Biology 100 and 101, Chemistry 104 and 140, Physics 109 and 119, English 100 and 110, Social Science/Humanities – 6 credits,
Biochemistry 220 and 221.
Out-of-Province Canadian Universities: Biology – two terms introductory level,Chemistry – two terms introductory level (general & organic), Physics – two terms introductory level, English – two terms introductory level, Social Science/Humanities – two terms, Biochemistry – two terms.

         


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