MD Program

Application Tips

If we notified you that your application was unsuccessful, we recommend that you first review our admissions requirements. Many factors, both academic and non-academic, influence the success of an application. The application process for admission to the MD Program is highly competitive. An unsuccessful application, assuming you met our minimum academic requirements, simply means your application was not as competitive as others. All decisions are final and will not be eligible for appeal.

Due to the large number of applications we receive every year, we regret that we are unable to provide individualized feedback.

2019 Application Recap Session

Watch this webinar presentation and learn more about the admission process, requirements and timeline. Our admissions team shares recent statistics for the 2019 admissions cycle and tips on how to prepare for and/or improve upon your application for 2020 (recorded July 2019).


Things to Consider
  • Did you meet the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement on the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) Scale of 3.6/4.0 (undergraduate applicant) or 3.0/4.0 (graduate applicant)?
  • Did you meet the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) minimum of 125 in each of the four sections? In 2019-2020, the requirement has changed to allowed 124 in one of the four sections.
  • If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then it could be that your GPA was not competitive in this year's application pool.
  • Non-academics are also a critical part of our assessment and your application may not have been competitive in this area.
  • Perhaps you do not have the breadth/depth of experiences as the most competitive applicants this year. Perhaps you were not able to articulate examples of the attributes of professionalism, advocacy, communication and scholarship in your extracurricular activities.
  • You might consider asking others to review your four brief personal essays to seek input before submitting a new application. Do you address the questions posed in the application instructions? Are they clear and well-written?
  • Perhaps you chose referees who were not able to give appropriate support to your application. If you plan to re-apply to our program in a future cycle, you may wish to carefully review and consider whom you are asking for references. Referees should know you well, but also be considered objective by those assessing your application.
    • It is not appropriate to have family members or close personal friends, friends of the family, etc., act as referees. Referees who are deemed by the Admissions Committee to have a conflict of interest will result in refusal of the application.
    • It is helpful to have a range of referees who can address both academic and non-academic aspects of your suitability for medicine to ensure that the total range of clusters are represented among the three Confidential Assessment Forms as a whole (individual references may speak to a specific cluster or clusters of attributes, activities and achievements).
    • You should always ask if a person is able to give you a strong, positive reference, before accepting them as a referee, and ask your referees if they are able to meet the submission deadline, which is the same as the application deadline.
    • Applications that are incomplete due to missing references will be refused.