Spotlight on Daffydil: the Musical – 2016

For over 100 years, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto has performed Daffydil, a spectacular theatrical production, to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Since its inception, Daffydil has raised over $600,000 for charity. The show is entirely produced, directed, written and performed by students in the Faculty of Medicine. This year’s Daffydil musical will take place in the Hart House Theatre at the University of Toronto on the evenings of February 17-20, 2016. Tickets are on sale now at www.daffydil.com or 416.978.8849.

Perhaps one day it’ll be you treading the boards to star in a Daffydil production?  Watch this short video to learn more about Daffydil and how some of our med students are involved.

MythBusters: All graduate applicants applying to the MD Program need to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

This myth is TRUE.

However, when applying to the MD Program after completing a 1 or 2 year course-based Master’s program you will likely be assessed as an undergraduate applicant. As a general rule, applicants receive the benefit of a graduate review if they are able to demonstrate substantial productivity on their academic CV. Aside from presentations, posters and conferences, the Admissions Committee is looking specifically to see if an applicant has completed at least one first author publication. Under this practice, while graduate applicants may apply with the minimum required GPA of 3.0, they will not be competitive if assessed in the undergraduate admissions stream. In recent years, a competitive minimum undergraduate GPA has been 3.8.

Interview days and the MPI: your questions answered

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Each year, approximately 600 applicants to the MD Program are invited to attend an admissions interview in Toronto. Applicants are selected to attend interviews based on their file review scores.

At U of T, we use an interview format called the Modified Personal Interview (MPI).

What is the MPI?

The MPI consists of four independent interviews assessed by four different, independent interviewers. Interviewers are closely connected to U of T’s medical community. Each interview is approximately 12 minutes in length.

Why are MPIs used?

The goal of the MPI is to learn more about each applicant, and to assess whether or not the applicant possesses the competencies necessary to be successful in U of T’s medical school. The one-on-one interaction in the MPI also enhances applicants’ abilities to get to know more about U of T’s medical school. At the end of each interview there is a chance to ask the interviewer questions. These could, for example, be about the program, U of T, Toronto or the profession. Interviewers are always happy to share their insights.

What else happens on interview days?

The interview days are a time for us to learn more about applicants but also for applicants to learn more about us. Staff, faculty and current medical students will be on-site throughout the interview days to answer questions applicants may have about student life. They will also share information about the program and the community. In addition, we offer tours of our two campuses so that applicants can get a feel for the medical school and U of T.

How will I know if I am invited for an interview?

We typically e-mail interview invitations at least two weeks prior to the interview date in order to give those invited time to make appropriate travel arrangements. However, we may continue to e-mail invitations during the week leading up to the interview date in order to ensure all interview spaces are filled.

When will this year’s interviews be held?

Scheduled interview dates for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle include:
• Saturday, February 27, 2016
• Sunday, February 28, 2016
• Saturday, March 12, 2016
• Sunday, March 13, 2016
• Sunday, April 10, 2016

We wish all those who receive an invitation this year the very best of luck!

For more information regarding the interview process, please see: http://www.md.utoronto.ca/admissions/information/The_Interview.htm

MythBusters: Minimum MCAT scores don’t really matter, do they? I mean, if I score a point below, I should be OK?

This myth is FALSE.

MCAT scores are used as a threshold and applicants need to meet the minimum requirement of 125/132 in each of the four sections in the new version of the test. Due to the high volume of qualified applicants to the MD Program, not meeting the minimum score will result in your application not making it to full file review.