Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Toront

 

University of Toront

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Offers a 4 year programme.

 

NATIONALITY RESTRICTIONS

 

International students are eligible to apply.

 

Degree Requirements

 

Applicants are required to have completed at least 3 years of study toward a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

 

Course requirements

 

Applicants are required to complete at least two full-year courses or four half-courses in Life Sciences, and at least one full-year course or two half-courses in Humanities, Social Sciences or Languages. It is recommended, although not required, that applicants complete a university-level course in Statistics and two courses that require expository writing. IB courses can be used to meet pre-requisites. If you have completed AP credits or CLEP credits and would like to know which subjects can count toward pre-requisite courses, you can contact the admissions office. Note that applicants are usually disqualified unless all pre-requisites are complete or are showing as current registrations on their transcript at the time of application.

 

A Level and GCSE Requirements

 

The GPA is calculated using grades from all courses taken at an undergraduate level on a full-time basis. Grades from courses taken during part-time study are not counted in the GPA, but can be used toward pre-requisite requirements. Grades from multiple degree programmes and/or from full-time non-degree study (e.g. a fifth year of courses taken following a four-year degree) are counted, as are grades from full-time summer sessions. Grades are not weighted differentially based on the year of study. For undergraduate applicants, a minimum GPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 on the OMSAS scale is required. For graduate applicants, slightly lower GPAs are acceptable (lowest 3.0 out of 4.0). A GPA weighting formula is used for students who have completed at least three years of undergraduate study and have taken a full course load (i.e. five full credits), during the regular academic session, in each of their academic years. A student with four full years completed at the time of application can drop the four lowest full year course marks, or the eight lowest semester course marks, or any combination. A student with three full years completed at the time of application can drop the three lowest full-year course marks, or the six lowest semester course marks, or any combination. Note that taking four courses during the regular academic year and one summer course will NOT be counted as a full course load and the advantages above will not be applied. This is also the case for students who took full course loads some years but not others. All years must have a full course load. If a student has a good reason for not taking five courses one year, this should be included in the section of the OMSAS application explaining why their transcript does not reflect their true abilities. A letter can also be written to the admissions office explaining extenuating circumstances. These will be reviewed and the above advantages may be granted. The calculated GPA used to fulfil the academic requirement will not include the candidate’s current year of study. The average GPA in the entering class of 2014 was 3.94.

 

MCAT requirement

 

The expected minimum MCAT score is 9 in each section for the MCAT taken in 2014 and prior. The writing score will not be used. Only the most recent MCAT score is considered in the application process. The MCAT must have been written before the application deadline, and within the past 5 years. The minimum requirements for the new MCAT 2015 (effective April 2015) will be available on the school website in the spring of 2015.

 

Selection Formula

 

Students meeting the cut-offs will have their files fully reviewed (including autobiographical sketch, reference letters and personal statement). The pre-interview assessment is weighted as follows: 60% academics and 40% non academic qualifications. Note that the MCAT is not included in the academics calculation, but is used as a “flag” - “less than minimum marks will jeopardize the success of the application.” Duration and impact of non-academic achievement is important and the main non academic qualities assessed are altruism, reliability, responsibility, perseverance, creativity and leadership.

 

Applicants with a PhD or master’s

 

Graduate candidates must have completed all programme requirements for their graduate degree by June 30th in the proposed year of entry, including successful defense of the thesis, if applicable. A GPA slightly lower than the minimum of 3.6 out of 4.0 (lowest 3.0 out of 4.0) can be accepted, but the MCAT and course requirements are the same as for undergraduate applicants. In the selection process, graduate applications are given a separate review. Graduate students are assessed based on undergraduate marks, graduate course marks, letters of reference, MCAT results, non-academic assessment, publications and performance in the interview. Graduate applicants are also required to submit a supplemental package of information directly to OMSAS. This package includes a CV and an additional letter of reference provided by the graduate supervisor, who must comment on the applicant’s research work, academic capability and scholarly productivity and potential. It is acceptable for the same tutor to have written one of the other three references. 

 

Application Documents

 

The documents required are those required by OMSAS for all Ontario medical schools (see above in OMSAS section). In addition, you are required to write and submit three brief statements (250 words or less each) outlining the three activities and/or achievements from your sketch that you believe best exemplify the attributes that align with the Undergraduate Medicine educational goals. These goals will be evaluated across your sketch and statements in terms of these four clusters of attributes, activities and achievements:

 

  •  maturity, reliability, perseverance and responsibility (professional cluster);
  •  communication, collaboration, team work and leadership (communicator/ collaborator/manager cluster);
  •  advocacy, community service and social responsibility (advocate cluster);
  •  achievements in academic standing, leadership, research and social responsibility as demonstrated by (but not limited to) awards, conference presentations, publications and scholarships (scholar cluster). 

The Autobiographical Sketch and three statements will be evaluated as a whole. In addition to this, applicants are required to submit 4 original brief essays, each answering a specific question related to the faculty’s mission and values. Each brief personal essay is to be of 250 words or less.The four questions are:

 

  •  How have you used critical thinking to solve a problem?
  •  Describe an opportunity you have had to respond to a community need — local, national, or global.
  •  Tell us about a conflict you had with another person and how you maintained a respectful relationship.
  •  Tell us about a time you had difficulty completing a project or endeavour, and what strategies you used to get over the hurdle.

 

You may write about activities and achievements undertaken and completed anywhere in the world. The nature and outcome of the activity are more important than where it was done: your local community is as important as the developing world. These brief personal essays will be marked independently of all the other materials submitted within your application. The letters of reference from the OMSAS application will be evaluated according to the same attributes, activities and achievements clusters described above within the Autobiographical Sketch section.

Applicants are encouarged to share these attributes, activities and achievements clusters with potential referees to ensure that they can speak to some or all of them. Ensure that the total range of clusters are represented among the three letters as a whole (individual letters may speak to a specific cluster or clusters of attributes, activities and achievements).

 

The Interview

 

All interviews take place in person at the faculty of medicine, over three weekends from late February to mid-April. The interview panel usually consists of one faculty member and one medical student.

 

Application deadline

 

See application deadline through OMSAS above.

 

Application cost

 

See application fees through OMSAS above.

 

Dual degree programmes

 

Candidates for admission to the MD/PhD programme must be accepted by the Undergraduate Medical Programme (MD) and meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Department in which they intend to carry out their graduate studies. Students spend the first year in the MD programme and then enter PhD studies. Upon completion of PhD studies, students return to Medicine to complete the MD degree. Total time to completion normally ranges from 8-10 years, depending on the student and their project, as well as departmental requirements. The program does not have a designated quota for admission. Please see the school website for additional documents that need to be submitted as part of the application.

 

Deferrals

 

Deferred registration can be considered on a case by-case basis provided you submit a request at the time you accept your offer of admission. Any deferrals granted will generally be for a one year period, and will not be given to allow you to complete a four year degree or to complete a graduate degree.

 

International Applicants

 

Up to 7 positions are offered to international applicants every year. Regardless of citizenship, applicants attending non-Canadian universities must complete a bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a four-year honors bachelor’s degree obtained in Canada. Transcripts of study undertaken at universities outside Canada or the USA must be submitted to World Education Services (WES) for assessment. A course-by-course evaluation that includes an overall GPA is required. Provision of the WES assessment does not replace the requirement for submission of official transcripts. If this information is not contained in the official transcript, applicants are required to supply the faculty with a certified academic record containing individual course grades for all academic work in each year of study. In other respects, admissions requirements and application procedures are the same for international applicants as they are for domestic applicants (i.e. minimum GPA, prerequisite courses, MCAT scores, non-academics, etc.)

 

Additional information

 

Note that the University of Toronto is one of the two Canadian schools that does not favor in-province students.

 

COST OF STUDIES 2015-2016

 

For Canadian students, $21,130 in tuition fees per year.

For international students, $62,920 in tuition fees per year.

 

Competition Ratios

 

For entry in 2014 there were 3463 applicants. 600 candidates were interviewed for approximately 259 positions available. For entry in 2014, 5 international students were admitted. There are approximately 259 places available, including 205 at the St. George campus and 54 at the Mississauga campus.

 

CONTACT

 

Medical Sciences Building,

Rm 2135 1 King’s College Circle Toronto,

Ontario, M5S 1A8

Tel: 416-978-7928

medicine.admiss@utoronto.ca

 

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