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Section 2: Application Information

How do I apply to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine? 

Application to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS). The on-line application can be found at www.ouac.on.ca/omsas. The application and all required supplemental documentation (e.g. academic transcripts, reference letters, etc.) are submitted directly to OMSAS. Please visit the OMSAS website, for detailed information on the application requirements and process.

Please visit the Application Information section for more information. 

Can I be sent an application package? 

We do not have a hard-copy application package to send you. Application to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS). Please visit the OMSAS website for detailed information on the application requirements and process. The official admissions policy for the Undergraduate Medical Program is published in the Ontario Medical School Application and Instruction Booklet available on the OMSAS website at www.ouac.on.ca/omsas 

Please visit the Application Information section for more information.  

Is there a limited number of spots available to "out of province" applicants? 

NOSM does not have any "out of province" spots or quotas, we consider all applicants by the same criteria: 1) the GPA, 2) the application questionnaire & autobiographical sketch and 3) context.  The context score is based on where you have lived and are living in Canada. 

Can I apply directly to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine? 

No. All applications to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine must be submitted through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) on-line application found at: www.ouac.on.ca/omsas 

Please visit the Application Information section for more information.

Can my Referees submit their reference letters in French? 

Yes, if one ore more of your Referees are more comfortable providing reference letters in French we will accept them.  

I have a university degree from another country, can I apply?

Yes, provided you meet the minimum eligibility requirements. That is, you must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. You must have the equivalent to a 4 year undergraduate university degree (3 year if a mature applicant) from an accredited Canadian university.  Foreign degrees must be assessed by World Education Services (WES), The evaluation must include a program equivalency conversion, an overall grade point average conversion for each year of study, as well as a course-by-course conversion. Further information regarding WES and the process can be obtained by visiting their website at www.wes.org/ca 

I have an American WES evaluation. May I submit this in place of a Canadian WES evaluation? 

No. Foreign degrees must have a Canadian WES evaluation which involves converting the foreign academic credentials into their Ontario educational equivalents.

I attended CEGEP and then finished a degree at a university in Quebec. Am I eligible to apply? 

You are eligible to apply if you have completed the DEC (diplome d'etudes collegiales) from Quebec (CEGEP) and a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in Quebec (3 years of university after the DEC). Completion of the DEC and the three years leading to a bachelor's degree from a Quebec university are considered the equivalent of a four year degree for the purposes of applying to the School.

I am applying to the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admissions Stream. What additional documentation do I need? 

Persons of Indigenous/Aboriginal ancestry, First Nations, Inuit or Métis, may voluntarily identify themselves as such. All self-identified Indigenous/Aboriginal applicants are considered under the General Admissions Stream, unless they choose the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admissions Stream. Applicants who wish to be considered in the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admission Stream are required to:


  • Write a letter that declares your Indigenous/Aboriginal ancestry and give specific information about your First Nation, Treaty community or organizational affiliation.  

      The letter should include:

        - why you would like to be considered as a candidate in the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admissions Stream

        - details about your cultural and personal background 

        - examples of how you are culturally connected to your (a) Indigenous/Aboriginal community or (b) community

  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your First Nations, Band Council, Tribal Council, and Treaty, community or organizational affiliation. Choose someone who knows you well and can comment on your character and your suitability for medicine.
  • Provide proof of Indigenous/Aboriginal ancestry

This documentation must be submitted to OMSAS by the application deadline date.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine designates two seats in each year for Indigenous/Aboriginal students as an indication of our commitment to recruiting Aboriginal students; however, this is a minimum, not the total number of Aboriginal students whom the School will admit.


Applicants interested in the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admissions Stream are urged to contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment directly at 1-800-461-8777 (Canada-wide toll-free number) or  (807) 766-7317 for detailed information.

 

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