Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions

When should I call to find out if any new offers are being made?

We are not able to release information regarding offer status.

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. Please ensure that you follow all the steps for releasing your MCAT scores.

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?

Yes.

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 offering a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). 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. 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. You will not be penalized if you have fewer extracurricular/volunteer activities because of your need for employment. 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.

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