Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions
When will I know the status of my application?
We may send refusal letters and invitations to interviews beginning in January. Both will continue to be sent until the last interview date, as the files are reviewed.
Why can't I find out my position on the waitlist?
It is our policy not to disclose an applicant's position on the waitlist.
How is the MCAT used in the application process?
The MCAT score is not included in an overall academic calculation, but is used as a threshold. Applying with marks that fall below the minimum required will jeopardize the success of your application. The MCAT must be written prior to the application deadline. Applications without MCAT scores will not be considered.
Only MCATs written within five years of the application deadline will be considered. You must release to the MCAT score to OMSAS each application cycle.
Only your most recent MCAT scores will be considered. Please note that this policy is subject to change.
If I don’t meet the minimum MCAT marks, should I apply?
We are adhering to the minimum MCAT requirements due to application numbers.
If the MCAT is written in September, the scores will not be available by the OMSAS deadline. Can I still apply?
Is there financial assistance available to help with the cost of writing MCAT?
Yes. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) are piloting a new fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during the 2019 testing year. Applications will open on November 1, 2018. For more on this program and to apply, visit the AAMC website.
What are the minimum scores required on each component of the MCAT to be considered?
Minimum scores of 125 in each of the four sections are required, with an allowance of 124 in one section. Old MCAT (written prior to April 2015): Minimum scores of 9 in each of the three sections are required. Note: The writing sample score will not be used. We do not use a total MCAT score in our assessment.
Can I send an update to my ABS?
No. The activities listed are limited to those prior to the application deadline.
How much volunteer and research experience do I need?
There is nothing that you ‘need’ in the Autobiographical Sketch. You will not be penalized for interest in the clinical side of medicine, rather than research, or vice versa. There is no required number of activities or required number of hours. Some candidates may have a large number of activities among which they share their time; others may have a few activities to which they devote a large amount of time.
How should I choose my references?
Referees should have extensive knowledge of you and be in a position to make reasonable statements concerning how best you fit the four clusters. You may wish to vary your choice of referees to include those with knowledge of different aspects of your activities, both academic and non-academic. It is in your interest to select referees who are able to give an objective assessment. Applications from candidates with letters from friends, family, or family friends or colleagues of close family members will not be considered.