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.

Student Views: “Getting Involved”

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Flavia Sendi-Mukasa (1T7)

Guest Post by Flavia Sendi-Mukasa, 1T7 (2nd year medical student).

Two clubs that I’m actively involved with at U of T are the Black Medical Students Association (BMSA) and Orbital Groove, our preclerkship rock band. I play the drums in the band, and I love it. It’s a great stress reliever and it’s a ton of fun to play for my classmates at charity events.

In the BMSA we strive to mentor high school and undergraduate students who wish to pursue a career in medicine by holding workshops. This year, we’ve also worked with the faculty on ways to increase representation of Black Canadian medical students – and they have been very supportive.

In case you missed it… O-Week is coming! Oh and we’re on Instagram now too.

It’s summer on campus – a beautiful time to explore and a great time for us to capture the excitement of the city.  The Pan Am Games are underway, and the campus is buzzing with athletes and spectators from all across the Americas.

Here in Medicine we have been capturing this excitement through our new Instagram account. Be sure to follow us @utmedadmissions.

For those of you who will be joining us here in Medicine this fall as part of the class of 1T9, the countdown to O-Week is officially on! Just a little over 5 weeks from now you will be joining your new classmates for a fun-filled week that will kick-off your U of T Medicine experience. Our O-Week coordinating team is working hard to get everything ready for you. Last week we checked in with two of the team members – Samik and Jonah – to find out what they loved about their 1T8 O-Week and what they are most looking forward to this year.

Check out the video.

2016 application now live!

The OMSAS application for 2016 is now live! Visit http://www.ouac.on.ca/omsas/ to review this year’s OMSAS Instruction Booklet and to apply online.

A couple of important updates for this year’s admission cycle:

All required application materials will be due by October 1, 2015. This includes academic and non-academic materials, such as letters of reference, additional graduate and MD/PhD reference letters, and academic CV (if applicable). This is a firm deadline – materials received after this date will not be considered.

The minimum required score for MCAT 2015 has now been posted on our website. For those who have written or will be writing MCAT 2015, we will be looking for a minimum score of 125 in each of the four sections.

Interested in learning  more about the application process? For those who missed the 2015 Online Application Recap Session that was held on Monday, July 6, 2015, be sure to watch the video. Thanks to all who submitted questions! To those who still have questions that we were unable to cover, please send these to us either through the blog, or by email.

 

2015 Online Application Recap Session – Monday, July 6

Did you apply for U of T Medicine last year, but didn’t get in? Are you planning to apply for consideration for 2016?

Join us for an online information session reviewing the 2015 application cycle and learn more about how the admissions process works. We will share updated statistics and will provide a detailed discussion of the steps involved in the application review, interview selection and final decision making. We will also share important information to help you prepare for the 2016 application. The details are as follows:

2015 Online Application Recap Session

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
  • 6:00-6:45pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Visit http://streaming.med.utoronto.ca/68661 to watch the presentation live. The link will be active approximately 10 minutes before the presentation begins.
  • If you are unable to watch the online information session live, we will post the video on our website a few days following this session.

Do you have questions about the process that you are hoping we will cover during this session? Please leave your questions in the comments section of this blog post or email medicine.admiss@utoronto.ca. Note: We will not be taking questions live during the presentation – so please send these to us in advance.