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What is the process for applying to a Canadian medical school?
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There are 17 faculties of medicine in Canada, each of which has adapted the application process to its own format. Although similarities exist between the processes followed by these schools, some differences remain. As such, applicants are advised to visit individual faculties’ websites for the most accurate information.

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The suggested requirements of the faculties of medicine of Canada in 2018:

University

GPA

MCAT

CASPer

MMI

Prerequisites

Memorial University of Newfoundland

3.85/4.0

Yes

No

Yes

Six credit hours in English at recognized university or university college

Dalhousie University

3.3/3.7

Yes

Yes

N/A

A bachelors degree is required at time of admission

Université Laval

CRC 33.3

No

No

Yes

Biology (NYA and 401); Chemistry (NYA, NYB and 202);Mathematics (NYA and NYB); Phyiscs (NYA, NYB and NYC)

Université de Sherbrooke

CRC33.2

No

Yes

Yes

If taken at Sherbrooke: Mathematics 103&203; Physics 101,201 &301;Chemistry 101,201 & 202; Biology 911 & 921 or equivalent level courses.

Université de Montréal

CRC33.6

No

No

Yes

If taken at Montreal: Biology 301 and 401 or two courses of human biology; Chemistry 101, 201 and 202; Mathematics 103 and 203; Physics 101, 201 and 301 or equivalent level courses

McGill University

3.84/4.0

Yes

Yes

Yes

A 4 year Bachelor degree (120 credit) is required at time of admission. Full year with laboratory work in each of general biology,general chemistry and general physics; one semester with laboratory work in organic chemistry. Courses in physiology, biochemistry,cellular and molecular biology and statistics

University of Ottawa

3.93/4.0

No

Yes

N/A

General Biology (with laboratory) and one full year course in Humanities/Social Sciences and the equivalent of two full year courses in the following Chemistries – General Chemistry (with laboratory), Organic Chemistry (with laboratory) and/or Biochemistry (without laboratory)

Queen’s University

3.7

Yes

No

N/A

A minimum of three years full-time university are required

University of Toronto

3.96/4.0

Yes

No

N/A

Two full courses in life sciences and one full course in social science or humanities or language

McMaster University

3.84/4.0

Yes

Yes

Yes

Three years (30 credits) of university is required

Western University

3.7/4.0

Yes

No

N/A

4 year undergraduate degree at a recognized university is required

Lakehead University/Laurentian University (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)

3.8/4.0

No

Yes

N/A

Two full-course equivalents in Science within their degree program

University of Manitoba

3.3/4.0

Yes

Yes

Yes

Physical Sciences (PS) and Biological Sciences (BS) sub-tests, in a single session

University of Saskatchewan

83%/100%

Yes

No

Yes

4-year Baccalaureate degree is required

University of Alberta

3.83/4.0

Yes

Yes

Yes

A Baccalaureate degree is required

University of Calgary

3.83/4.0

Yes

No

N/A

Two year full-time university/college are required

University of British Columbia

85%/100%

Yes

No

Yes

Strongly Recommended (6 credits each): General Biology;General Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Biochemistry. Optional: Physics; Statistics; Social Sciences

 

The general steps of the application process are as follows:

The general steps of the application process are as follows:

 

The general steps of the application process (summarized in the chart below) are as follows:

Step 1 is to meet the specific entry criteria defined in the question “What are the entry criteria for Canadian medical schools?” for the schools to which an application is being made. If the application is accepted, the applicant proceeds to step 2.

Step 2 requires the applicant to complete an interview. There are different models of interview in Canadian medical schools and a school may use any combination of:

  • The panel interview is a traditional format in which the applicant is interviewed in front of a panel of individuals—usually a mix of community members, faculty representatives, medical students, and practising physicians. There are generally three or four evaluators present.
  • The multiple mini-interview is gaining popularity in Canadian medical schools. It consists of 10 timed stations—each with a different evaluator—at which the applicant must answer a set of predetermined question. A different score is awarded at each station.
  • The CASPer test is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics that make for sucacessful students and graduates.

 

Université de Sherbrooke may require an extra selection test known as TAAMUS (Test d’aptitude à l’apprentissage de la médecine à l’Université de Sherbrooke) if the applicant is a member of the Canadian Forces or a resident of Quebec, the Atlantic provinces, or western Canada.

If, after the interview is completed, the school decides that the applicant has the academic and non-academic capabilities to pursue a career in medicine, it proceeds to step 3.

Step 3 is for the school to send the applicant an offer of admission to its undergraduate medical education program.

For more information about the application process for Canadian medical schools:

Glossary

Multiple mini-interview: An interview model that consists of 10 timed and consecutive stations, where the selected applicant must answer one question per station. Each station has a different evaluator.

Panel interview: A traditional interview format whereby the selected applicant sits in front of a panel, often composed of a combination of community members, faculty representatives, medical students, and practising physicians.

TAAMUS (Test d’aptitude à l’apprentissage de la médecine à l’Université de Sherbrooke): An aptitude test administered to certain medical school applicants at Université de Sherbrooke.

Undergraduate medical education (UGME) program: A three- to four-year university program during which a student completes the academic and clinical requirements for a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.