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Admission Selection Process

All applications to NOSM are initially screened and scored based on three (3) components:

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
  2. Autobiographical Sketch and School Submission Questions
  3. Context Score

The scoring weight of each component is approximately 1/3. The combination of the scores from these three (3) components will determine if you are offered an interview. Approximately 300 of the top ranked applicants are invited to participate in the admissions interviews.

The final selection of applicants receiving an offer of admission is based on a combination of the pre-interview (50%) and the interview (50%) scores and a complete file review by the Admissions Selection Committee. It is at this point in the selection process that Confidential Assessment Forms (CAF) are reviewed.

These items are not considered in selection:

  • Age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, sexual orientation
  • MCAT (you are not required to write the MCAT to apply to NOSM)

Incomplete applications and/or those that do not meet the minimum requirements, will be disqualified.

To ensure that an application is competitive throughout the entire application process, applicants will want to ensure that they meet all the requirements (i.e. have submitted all three (3) CAF, have the expected courses, etc.).


Interview Information

NOSM invites approximately 300 of the top ranked applicants for an interview based on their total pre-interview score (GPA + Autobiographical Sketch & Supplementary Questions score + Context score). Achieving the minimum requirements does not guarantee that we will invite you for an interview. We will notify you via e-mail in January/February of the potential enrolment year if you will or will not be invited for an interview.

Admission interviews are normally conducted in March and/or April of the potential enrolment year. Due to COVID-19, the NOSM 2021 interviews will be conducted through an online platform. If we invite you to interview with NOSM, we will send you further information and a description of the interview process in your invitation to interview package.

The NOSM 2021 Interviews are tentatively scheduled for: March 6, 2021 and March 7, 2021
NOTE: These dates may be subject to change.

If we interview you, we will notify you about your application status (i.e. admitted, wait listed, unsuccessful) on the second Tuesday of May in the potential enrolment year.

We do not hold applications from one year to the next. Unsuccessful applicants will be required to re-apply through OMSAS with a new application for the following admissions cycle.

Accommodation for Interview

If you require accommodation for a documented disability for the Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI), you must notify the Admissions Office in writing at least one (1) month prior to the first interview date. You must provide complete documentation to support your request.

Interview Confidentiality

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to the highest standards of ethical and professional behaviour of students, faculty, and staff. All candidates who are interviewed will be required to sign a confidentiality statement. Your signature will confirm your agreement to not disclose the following:

  • The identity of the interviewers
  • The interview questions
  • Answers made by you during the interview

Information for Successful Applicants

Offers of Admission

Offers of admission are sent to the top sixty-six (66) candidates via e-mail on the second Tuesday of May of the potential enrolment year. Acceptance may be conditional upon fulfillment of specific requirements. We outline these conditions in the offer letter. If the offer of admission is accepted, you are required to make a non-refundable $1,000 deposit, which will be applied to your Year 1 tuition. Detailed information will be provided to successful applicants in their offer of admission package.

All official correspondence with applicants with respect to the status of the application is sent via e-mail. Please do not call us to inquire about the status of your application. We are unable to release this information over the phone.


Wait List

Some applicants who are offered admission do not accept their offer. We maintain a short, ranked wait list for additional offers. We will not disclose an applicant’s position on the wait list (absolute or relative).


Final Transcript

If you receive an offer conditional upon completion of your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit proof of receiving your degree by providing a final undergraduate transcript to OMSAS by June 30 of the potential enrolment year.


Deferral Policy

For information on the Admissions Deferral Policy, please visit the MD Program Policies and Procedures webpage and select “For Applicants”.


Requirements for Registration

A registration package will accompany the offer of admission on the second Tuesday of May in the potential enrolment year with information on the conditions of accepting an offer of admission. These include:

  • A Police Information Check
  • Immunization/Health Screen
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) training for Health Care Providers (HCP)
  • Essential Skills and Abilities for Entry to a Medical Degree Program

Police Information Check

Throughout your medical school program, you will serve vulnerable populations. In an effort to protect these vulnerable people against potential risk of harm, the Ontario Faculties of Medicine and many clinical agencies require that you provide confirmation of the absence of a criminal conviction or outstanding criminal charges.

You are required to complete and submit the results of your Police Information Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Screening, at your own expense.

At the beginning of each subsequent academic year in the MD program, you will be required to sign a Criminal Records and Disclosure form to confirm that there has been no change in the information contained in the Police Information Check.

Your offer of admission is contingent upon provision of these checks. We will review any files presented with a “Not Clear” check to determine what action, if any, will be taken.

For more information about obtaining a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screening, contact your local police agency.


Immunization/Health Screening

All incoming students must complete the Year 1 NOSM Undergraduate Immunization Form. NOSM’s screening requirements meet the current OHA/OMA Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocol for Ontario Hospitals, in accordance with Regulation 965, Section 4, of the Public Hospitals Act RSO 1990. We will send more details about health regulations in the offer of admission to the program.

Failure to comply with this requirement may result in students being denied access to clinical settings.

For more information refer to the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) Immunization Policy document.


Basic Life Support (BLS) Training for Health Care Providers (HCP)

If you are offered admission, you must provide evidence of a current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) certification before enrolment in the MD Program. Courses are readily available in most communities, both from the Red Cross and St. John Ambulance Associations. We will send specific information about BLS requirements in the offer of admission to the program.


Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Entry to a Medical Degree Program

To fulfill the MD Program requirements, and avoid serious risk to the health and safety of patients, you must acquire competency in a wide range of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you require accommodation to undertake the Medical Program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, we advise you to review the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine policy: Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Entry to a Medical Degree Program.

If you require accommodation for the medical program, please contact the NOSM Learner Affairs Office at learneraffairs@nosm.ca.