Q1b: What is the likelihood of being accepted into a Canadian medical school? How many times does the average student apply before being accepted?

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What is the likelihood of being accepted into a Canadian medical school? How many times does the average student apply before being accepted?

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Receiving admission into a Canadian medical school is a very competitive process. There is an increasing number of applicants every year, while the number of positions available for entry does not increase significantly.

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Applicant success rates by Canadian medical school

University/Province

Percentage of applicants who received an offer of admission and were registered at the university in 2016/17

Memorial University of Newfoundland

                                       11.6%

Dalhousie University

                                       9.9%

Université Laval

                                       9.3%

Université de Sherbrooke

                                       7.3%

Université de Montréal

                                      10.1%

McGill University

                                      7.3%

University of Ottawa

                                      4.2%

Queen’s University

                                      2.4%

University of Toronto

                                     not reported

McMaster University

                                      4.1%

Western University

                                      6.3%

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

                                      3.0%

University of Manitoba

                                     11.2%

University of Saskatchewan

                                     12.5%

University of Alberta

                                     12.7%

University of Calgary

                                     12.5%

University of British Columbia

                                     13.4%

 

In 2016/17 Faculties received 37,684 applications from 13,690 applicants to fill the 2951 first year seats available. Schools made a total of 4188 offers (some applicants received multiple offers).  Overall 20% of applicants received at least one offer (CMES Table 76).

 

Glossary

Admission into a Canadian medical school: An applicant must receive and accept an offer of admission into a medical school in order to be registered in year one of its medical program.

success rate: The chance of an applicant being admitted into a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.

Sources

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: Canadian Medical Education Statistics 2017, Ottawa: AFMC, Vol. 39, p. 2. ISSN 0225-9451.

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