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.