Frequently Asked Questions

Does U of T accept applications to the first year of the MD Program from students who are currently undergraduate medical students in other medical schools?

The circumstances of the applicant would be evaluated individually. Any application would have to be made in the usual way, meeting published deadlines, and would be assessed in the same pool with all other applicants for entry in that year.

Does U of T accept transfer students (students who are currently undergraduate medical students in other medical schools or who have completed one or more years of undergraduate medicine in another medical school)?

No. Transfers are not allowed.

For MD/PHD applicants, can we have duplicate referees in addition to the graduate supervisor (e.g. references that were used for the MD portion of the application)?

The 3 additional letters of reference for the MD/PhD applicants can include some duplicate referees, but they will have a different focus (i.e. your scientific ability and potential).

For MD/PHD applicants, can we have duplicate referees in addition to the graduate supervisor (e.g. references that were used for the MD portion of the application)?

The 3 additional letters of reference for the MD/PhD applicants can include some duplicate referees, but they will have a different focus (i.e. your scientific ability and potential).

For the wGPA, does the full course load have to be in the same academic year? For instance, if I took four courses in the winter semester and then took six courses in the following fall semester, would I be eligible?

No. The course load is determined by the regular academic session of study (September-April), not by each semester.

For the wGPA, does the full course load have to be in the same academic year? For instance, if I took four courses in the winter semester and then took six courses in the following fall semester, would I be eligible?

No. A full course load is determined based on each specific academic year (ie. Sept-April). You cannot combine different semesters from different academic years.

Have you piloted any of these activities, and if so how did it go?

During the 2014-15 academic year, three weeks of the first year Structure and Function course (dealing with the respiratory and cardiovascular systems) were transferred to the Foundations Curriculum format, with case-based learning, integrated anatomy teaching, integrated population health and community-based learning, a small number of introductory and summary lectures, and coordinated teaching of history-taking and physical examination.

Students and teachers provided detailed feedback, which was overall extremely positive, and included many useful suggestions for improvement. A further pilot is scheduled for the first three weeks of the second year course Mechanisms, Manifestations and Management of Disease in September 2015 on the topics of myocardial infarction, lung cancer and colon cancer, as well as a second iteration of the three-week pilot in the first-year course.

How does the waiting list work?

When a space in the class becomes available, we contact the next person on the waitlist with an offer of admission. We will make repeated attempts to contact applicants from the waitlist who are being offered admission - we do not skip your name simply because we got your voicemail. Since we cannot predict how many additional offers may be necessary, or when they may be needed, we maintain a portion of the waitlist until the beginning of classes. Final notification to these candidates will be sent in September.

How does the waiting list work?

When a space in the class becomes available, we contact the next person on the waitlist with an offer of admission. We will make repeated attempts to contact applicants from the waitlist who are being offered admission - we do not skip your name simply because we got your voicemail. Since we cannot predict how many additional offers may be necessary, or when they may be needed, we maintain a portion of the waitlist until the beginning of classes. Final notification to these candidates will be sent in September.

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.