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Tips for Your Application


  • Be sure that you provide OMSAS with your transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions that you have attended. Make sure that your application is complete with OMSAS. We do not process incomplete applications. 


  • Be sure that you meet ALL deadlines as clearly outlined in the OMSAS booklet. Applications with late submission of documents are considered to be incomplete and are disqualified. 

WES Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts

  • Applicants who are submitting transcripts for post secondary education completed at universities outside of Canada or the US are required to have their foreign documents assessed by the Canadian World Education Service (WES). No WES evaluation is required for those applicants completing foreign coursework of two semesters or less (exchange programs). However, you will be required to submit official transcripts from the institution that you attended while on exchange. Please note that the World Education Service (WES) assessment of foreign transcripts/documents takes two or more months. Please ensure that you have requested your assessment in plenty of time. 


  • You are required to provide a verifier for each activity that you mention in BOTH your autobiographic sketch and your answers to the admissions questionnaire. Detailed instructions for completing the verifier section of the application are available on the OMSAS application. 

Admissions Questionnaire

  • The admissions questionnaire is an important part of the application. It provides the Admissions Committee with insight into who you are and what your motivation is toward medical school.
  • Be sure to reflect on the questions and formulate thoughtful answers. Give specific thought to your motivation toward both medical school and a career in medicine and attempt to have your answers to the questions reflect this.
  • Check, check and triple check! Be absolutely sure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors on your application. You may want to ask other people to read your submissions and provide you with their feedback. Be sure to answer the specific question that is asked. Be clear and concise and use examples to demonstrate your point. Just be sure to include a verifier with each example that you provide! 

Autobiographic Sketch

  • Your autobiographic sketch should be a comprehensive list of the pertinent details of your activities since the age of 16. You are advised to list all of the activities that will provide the Admissions Committee with insight into who you are. Be sure to include experiences, both structured and non-structured, that demonstrate an ability to determine needs in one’s community and a willingness to play a part in filling those needs. For instance, volunteer work is often perceived as only those activities that are coordinated by some organization (structured activities). However, there are many forms of non-structured volunteer work. For instance, if you come from a farming community and you helped to run the farm of a neighbour for a period of time when your neighbour was sick, this would be considered a non-structured volunteer activity. 


  • Choose your references wisely. Make sure that you choose referees that have extensive personal knowledge of you and are in a position to comment on your character, personal qualities and academic capabilities. Be sure that your referees have known you for more than just a brief period of time!
  • Good choices for referees include individuals who know you well in the capacity of academics (professor), research (thesis supervisor), employment (supervisor), or volunteer or communities activities.
  • Poor choices for referees include: a friend or family friend; a family doctor who only knows you as a patient; or someone who doesn’t know you very well.
  • Also, be sure to follow up with your referees to make sure that they have submitted all of the required documentation by the deadline.



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