Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions
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.
If a letter arrives at OMSAS one day after the deadline, will it be accepted?
Any materials submitted after the deadline will be considered late and the application will be marked as incomplete so it will not proceed to file review.
What if people who can verify an activity on my ABS are no longer available?
You are expected to make a reasonable effort to verify all major activities listed in the Autobiographical Sketch. It is understandable that a few verifiers may be out of touch, or no longer with the organization. Please use common sense and do the best you can.
When I pick the activities/achievements to write about for the three brief ABS statements, is it better if they were medically-related or if they happened overseas?
No. The most important thing is that the three activities show evidence of the attribute clusters. The nature or location of the activity is not relevant to the assessment.
Will an interesting narrative style make my application stand out?
No. The essays are assessed on content rather than style. A thoughtful, clear and concise writing style with proper spelling, grammar and punctuation is the best way to get your ideas across.
Are CEGEP, IB and/or AP courses acceptable for prerequisites?
Yes. They must appear on the university transcript as credits.
Are Chemistry and Physics considered life sciences?
No. We classify these as physical sciences.
Are Organic Chemistry and Physics required?
For application to the U of T MD Program, applicants are not required to complete university level courses in Chemistry or Physics. However, applicants are reminded that the MCAT is an application requirement, and that this test requires knowledge of Biology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, and Conceptual Physics at a first-year university level.
Can I check if my courses are acceptable as prerequisites?
If you are not sure whether the course fits the definition given here, you may e-mail us with the course description. It is not necessary to verify Biology, Anatomy or other medical sciences courses, even if they are taken under the auspices of Nursing or Kinesiology.