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Title: Applying to Canadian Medical Schools

Applying to Canadian Medical Schools
  • Howard Meng
  • University of Saskatchewan 2010
  • 3-Yr BSc. Physiology
  • June 6, 2010

  • Preparing yourself
  • Applying for medical school
  • Impressing at the interview
  • Admissions scoring
  • A peak into your future

Medical Schools in Canada
  • 17 medical schools in the country
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Manitoba
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • University of Western Ontario
  • McMaster University
  • University of Toronto
  • Queens University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Mcgill University
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Sherbrooke
  • University of Laval
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Dalhousie University
  • Ontario 2009 Statistics
  • 18,269 applications from 5,808 applicants
  • 943 spots

Preparing Yourself
  • Academics
  • Any field of study can get you into medical
  • Most schools have prerequisites (McMaster and
    NOSM have none)
  • First year chemistry, biology, physics, english
  • Certain classes will help with the MCAT
  • Departmental student societies and learning
  • Get help to keep a good GPA !
  • Research experience
  • Talk to your professor

Preparing Yourself
  • Volunteering
  • Get out there and get your hands wet
  • Appreciate the opportunities and learn from the
  • Meet new people
  • Community centres
  • Hospitals
  • Charities
  • School events
  • Summer camps

Preparing Yourself
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Student politics
  • Athletics
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Cultural festivities
  • School events

  • Physical Science
  • Biological Science
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Writing
  • Release scores to schools
  • Not all Canadian schools require MCAT
    (Universities in Quebec, University of Ottawa,
    Northern Ontario School of Medicine)

The Application Process
  • Online application forms OMSAS
  • Supporting documents and transcript
  • Deadline for application is usually in October
  • Visit application sites regularly
  • UBC is in early September
  • Its a LONG process so take several turns to
    finish the application
  • Revise !

Autobiographical Sketch
  • OMSAS has space for 48 activities
  • Any activity or experience you have can be put on
  • Be able to justify why the activity has been
    important to you and how it will help you in
  • Make a compilation of experiences for your formal
    education, employment, volunteer activities,
    awards and accomplishments, research and other
  • Include details such as duration of experience, a
    contact person for the experience, contact

  • 3 referees
  • Choose people that know you well
  • Ask early and give them enough time
  • Preferably ask people who can write about your
  • Academic performance
  • Work experience
  • Personality and character

Essay / Personal Statement
  • Not a requirement at every school
  • Topic is given
  • Use of key words to describe your experience
  • Have friends read it and critically analyze it
  • Write the essay early and constantly revise
  • Writing requirements vary
  • U of T requires 1000 word limit essay
  • McMaster requires short answer questions
  • U of C requires short answer questions during the

  • Panel Interview vs Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
  • Know the following things
  • Yourself
  • Health care system
  • Communicate
  • Critically think
  • Ethically think
  • How to collaborate
  • Think on your feet

Resources for the Interview
  • Doing Right Philip Hebert
  • Medical School Interviews George Lee
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)
  • Medical Post
  • Medical school websites
  • CBC news / Google news
  • Pre-med forums
  • PRACTICE ! And have your friends critique you

Interview Day Attire and Etiquette
  • Wear a suit with a conservative colour
  • No jewellery or perfume
  • Appearance and body language
  • Be polite and friendly
  • Avoid red flags
  • i.e. dont swear, dont be discriminatory, dont
    be overly aggressive

Admissions Score
  • Each school has its own criteria
  • Score for invitation for interview
  • Interview score is included in admissions score
  • Varies by school
  • Interview can be worth as little as 20 (U of T)
    or 65 (U of S)
  • Schools may take other factors into account

A Peak Into Your Future
  • 3 to 4 years of medical school
  • Preclerkship
  • Human body systems and pathobiology
  • Introduction to clinical medicine
  • Determinants of community health
  • Clerkship
  • Medical school expenses total approx. 150k
  • Banks offer Professional Student Line of Credit
  • Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)
  • 2 to 6 years of residency training

  • Good Luck !