Frequently Asked Questions

How many years of undergraduate studies are required for admission?

Canadian Universities:

At least three years in a coherent course of study which, if completed, would lead to a university degree, most commonly a Bachelor's degree. Candidates who apply during their third year of study must be completing the equivalent of 15 credits by the end of the third year, and have completed the course requirements for either a three-year degree or the third year of a four-year program. Candidates who apply during their fourth year are expected to be completing the equivalent of 20 credits, or completing their four-year degree. Candidates who will not meet these requirements due to enrolment in special programs must outline the reason in the Academic Explanations Essay on the OMSAS application.

Universities Outside Canada:

Applicants attending American universities must be completing a four-year Bachelor’s degree. Applicants attending universities outside Canada or the U.S. must complete the equivalent of a four-year Canadian Bachelor's degree. This equivalency must be assessed in a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services

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.

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.

How successful is the current program?

The MD program at U of T has been very successful. It is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools and the (US) Liaison Committee on Medical Education. We have had an excellent record of placing students in postgraduate training positions, and in success on the Canadian licensing examinations. Every year, our graduates when surveyed report a strong level of satisfaction with the program.

How will the new changes for GPA calculation and Winter 2020 grades announcement affect the full-year courses from 2019-2020 academic year?

If the applicant’s institution has divided the full-year course and given a semester course mark for the first term, we will count that mark in the GPA calculation. If the applicant’s institution has only provided a mark at the end of the Winter 2020 term, then the entire course will be treated as being credit/no credit and will not be used in the GPA calculation. In both cases, all credit/no credit courses will count towards the number of credits required for application and may be used to fulfil prerequisites. None of the courses designated credit/no credit due to Covid-19 disruptions will be amongst the courses dropped for those eligible for the weighting formula.

How will you calculate the GPA in the new admissions cycle?

With the exception of the Winter 2020 term, all undergraduate course grades obtained during the fall, winter, and summer terms on a full-time basis (3.0 or more FCEs during the fall/winter and 1.5 or more FCEs during the summer terms) will count toward the admissions GPA calculation.

How will you calculate the GPA in the new admissions cycle?

With the exception of the Winter 2020 term, all undergraduate course grades obtained during the fall, winter, and summer terms on a full-time basis (3.0 or more FCEs during the fall/winter and 1.5 or more FCEs during the summer terms) will count toward the admissions GPA calculation.

I am a member of an underrepresented community. How do you ensure that a member from my community is included in my file review or interview process?

Each year, we invite residents, clinical fellows, physicians, allied health professionals, and community members, to name a few, to join our group of file review and interview volunteers. We ask our file reviewers and interviewers to self-identify as members of their communities when signing up to volunteer with us, which helps us with subsequent assignment of reviews. We also enlist the help of our current MD student representatives to recruit a diverse group of volunteers each year.

I am a member of an underrepresented community. How do you ensure that a member from my community is included in my file review or interview process?

Each year, we invite residents, clinical fellows, physicians, allied health professionals, and community members, to name a few, to join our group of file review and interview volunteers. We also enlist the help of our current MD student representatives to recruit a diverse group of volunteers each year.

I am in my third year and need to take a prerequisite course that is only offered as a first-year course, is that acceptable?

Yes. Although you are not expected to have a large number of lower year courses when you reach the upper years, it is understood that courses outside you major area of study may need to be taken at an introductory level.