One Month until the OMSAS Deadline!

Reminder! October 1st, 2015 is this year’s OMSAS deadline.

Planning to apply? Make sure you create an OMSAS account by September 15th – no new accounts can be created after this date.

So what is due on October 1st? ALL of your required application materials must be submitted. This includes:

  • Transcripts and any other academic documents, as necessary
  • Confidential Assessment Forms and Letters of Reference
  • Additional Graduate and MD/PhD letters (if required)
  • Academic CV (if required)
  • The completed online application – this includes the completed Autobiographical Sketch and Statements, the completed list of verifiers, the four Brief Personal Essay responses, any information you would like to include on the Academic Explanations section of the application (if you would like to clarify or explain any special circumstances to us), ISAP Essay (if required), and MD/PhD Essay (if required)
  • Application fee payments (online banking payments must be initiated by this date)

For more details visit the Important Dates section on the OMSAS website and review the OMSAS Instruction Booklet.

Please note, the UME Enrolment Services Office is unable to check on the status of your application, or to confirm if any of your application materials or documents have arrived. If you have concerns about this, you will need to check with OMSAS directly. Be sure to review the online verification report provided by OMSAS as well – this report will be available after the application has been submitted and the item-by-item review is complete (typically in early November).

Questions about the admission requirements for U of T Medicine? Contact our office via email at medicine.admiss@utoronto.ca or call 416-978-7928.

MythBusters: MCAT scores higher than the minimum increase your chances of admission to U of T Medicine.

This myth is FALSE.

For U of T Medicine, MCAT is used as a threshold or flag in the admissions process. It is looked at on its own – not in combination with an applicant’s GPA. Therefore, scoring higher than the minimum required on MCAT does not enhance your application in any way.

For the most up-to-date information on our MCAT requirements, please visit the MCAT Information page on our website.

Spotlight on: The Office of Indigenous Medical Education

2015 Stethoscope from Indigenous Studies courtesy of Rochelle Allan_SS_3627

Did you know that the Faculty of Medicine has an Office of Indigenous Medical Education? Officially opened in 2014, the office is home to curricular co-leads in Indigenous Health Education – Dr. Jason Pennington and Dr. Lisa Richardson – and the Indigenous Peoples’ Program Coordinator, Rochelle Allan. The office is working to advance Indigenous community engagement and supports, and to enhance and increase Indigenous curriculum for all students to improve the discourse in Indigenous Medical Education.

From Left: Rochelle Allan, Dr. Jason Pennington and current medical student Marc Labelle (1T6) in the Office of Indigenous Medical Education.

From Left: Rochelle Allan, Dr. Jason Pennington and current medical student Marc Labelle (1T6) in the Office of Indigenous Medical Education.

Are you an Indigenous student who is looking to apply to U of T Medicine? The Indigenous Student Application Program (ISAP) has been developed to increase the number of Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) medical students at U of T. The Office of Indigenous Medical Education works to create a strong community of support throughout the application process and through continued student development in the MD program.

For more information on ISAP, visit the website. Questions? Ask them in the comments section of the blog, or email the Office of Indigenous Medical Education for further assistance.

MythBusters: A Life Science or Health Science bachelor’s degree is the preferred preparation for admission to U of T Medicine.

This myth is FALSE.

Students with university education in any discipline are encouraged to apply. Medicine requires individuals with strong backgrounds in the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, life sciences and beyond. All programs are treated equally in the evaluation process.

Of course there are required prerequisites, so do pay attention to these. These are:

  • two full-course equivalents (FCE) in any life science
  • one full-course equivalent (FCE) in any of social sciences, humanities, or a language

For more on the academic admissions requirements for Medicine at U of T, visit our website and select the appropriate links for undergraduate, graduate, or internationally educated applicants.

 

Introducing the Foundations Curriculum

U of T Medicine is redeveloping the first two years of the MD program, traditionally called the Preclerkship. These two years of study will now be referred to as the Foundations Curriculum. The new curriculum will be launched for students entering the MD program in August 2016. It will feature a highly integrated program with clinical content included from the beginning of medical school, early exposure to patients and the community setting, extensive use of online materials to enhance curriculum delivery, and an assessment program designed to support learning.

See what our students have to say about the curriculum renewal.

Interested in learning more? Visit the newly launched Foundations Curriculum website.