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ADMISSIONS POLICIES

OMSAS

Application to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (www.ouac.on.ca/OMSAS). The official admissions policy for the Undergraduate Medical Program will be published in the Ontario Medical School Application and Instruction Booklet available on the OMSAS website.

All deadlines relevant to the application process will be published in this booklet. These deadlines will be strictly observed. This will include not only the application itself but the receipt of all relevant documentation. Applicants are advised to follow the application instructions precisely. Failure to meet the deadlines or to follow the application instructions will result in disqualification of the application.

Important dates are:

  • Mid July: OMSAS on-line application available.
  • Mid September: Deadline to create an account for the on-line application. Applicants who miss the deadline and who obtain a OMSAS account originally created by a third party will not be considered.
  • Beginning October Last day for submitting applications.
  • Beginning October: All transcripts and academic documents must be received by this date. 

 Eligibility  

The minimum requirement is a 4 year undergraduate university degree or equivalent in any discipline (e.g. Science, Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy) from a recognized Canadian university or equivalent. No preference will be given to a particular discipline over another. While there are no specific course requirements, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine will be looking for students with a broad undergraduate education. For example, those students with majors in science will be expected to include some arts, social sciences and/or humanities courses in their degree programs while those students with majors in arts, social sciences and/or humanities will be expected to include some science courses in their degree programs.

Students may apply in the final year of their 4 year degree program. However, proof of completion of the 4 year degree will be required by 1 July of the year of enrolment. The following will be accepted as equivalent to a 4 year undergraduate university degree:

  •  A Diplome d'études collégiales (DEC) from the Province of Quebec plus an undergraduate degree from a Quebec university. 
  • A prescribed Qualifying Year after a 3 year degree (leading to eligibility for graduate studies) which is identified as such on the transcript, or in a letter from the Registrar. A 4th year diploma after a 3 year degree for Laurentian graduates.
  • Formal conversion of a 3 year degree to a 4 year degree (and identified as such on the transcript). 

 Applicants who are 25 years of age or older on 1 October for the year in which they apply will be considered Mature Applicants. The minimum requirement for Mature Applicants will be a 3 year university degree in any discipline.

The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) is 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. The GPA will be calculated with the grades of courses taken as of the application deadline for the year in which they apply Only grades from undergraduate university programs will be used in the calculation of the GPA. Applicants transferring from college programs to university degree programs must have completed a minimum of the equivalent of one full year of undergraduate degree level credits (not including college transfer credits) at the time of application.


Applicants who have completed Graduate Degrees by the application deadline for the year in which they apply will be required to have met the GPA cut-off with their undergraduate grades but for the purposes of further screening will have 0.2 added to the overall GPA determined from their undergraduate grades. Graduate students enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application must provide a letter from their supervisor or Department Chair, addressed to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, indicating that the applicant's Department is aware of the application. This letter must be received at OMSAS by the application deadline date. Applicants in Graduate degree programs not completed by the application deadline for the year in which they apply will have the overall GPA determined from their undergraduate degree. There will be no additional score added to the GPA or other credit given for applicants who have not completed a Graduate degree.

An applicant must be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline for the year in which they apply.

The Aboriginal Admissions Stream

Aboriginal applicants may choose either the general admissions stream or the Aboriginal Admissions Stream. Aboriginal applicants choosing either stream will be required to fill in the on-line application form through OMSAS. Those who wish to be considered for the Aboriginal Admissions Stream will also be required to submit:

  •   A letter declaring Aboriginal ancestry and giving specific information about First Nation, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation. The letter should request consideration under the alternate process and should expand on the applicant's academic and personal background, as well as reasons and motivation for wishing to become a physician. 
  •  A letter of recommendation from the First Nation, Band Council, Tribal Council, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation
  •  Proof of Aboriginal ancestry. 
This documentation must be submitted to OMSAS by the application deadline for the year in which they apply.

Applicants considering the Aboriginal Admissions Stream are strongly urged to contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs for further information.   

Transfers

Due to the integrated nature of the curriculum, NOSM cannot accept transfer students

The Admissions Process

The mandate of the School's Admissions Committee is to reflect the demographics of Northern Ontario in the medical school class profile. The final selection for Admission will be based on the overall GPA, the score of the admissions questionnaire, the score from the interview and reference letters. Applicants from within Northern Ontario, rural and remote areas in the rest of Canada, and Aboriginal and Francophone applicants will have an advantage in the admissions process. Selection procedures for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine include:

Stage 1: Applications are examined to ensure that they are complete and that minimum requirements are met.

Stage 2: Admissions questionnaires are scored and overall GPAs are confirmed.

Stage 3: Invitations to interview are extended.

Stage 4: Final score for all applications of interview candidates are completed and rankings are determined.

Stage 5: Offers of admission are sent to top 64 candidates. Waiting list is developed.

 

 

 

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