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.

2023 Application Recap Session

Watch this panel presentation (recorded on June 14, 2023) and learn more about the admission process, requirements and timeline. Our admissions team shares recent statistics for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle and tips on how to prepare for the upcoming 2024-2025 admissions cycle (taking place over the 2023-2024 academic session).

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)? For the upcoming 2023-2024 admissions cycle (during the 2022-2023 academic session), the minimum GPA requirement for graduate applicants will be 3.3/4.0 on the OMSAS Scale.
  • Did you meet the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) minimum of 125 in each of the four sections, with an allowance of 124 in one section?
  • 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 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.
    • Applications that are incomplete due to missing references will be refused.