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Information for Unsuccessful Applicants

The information below may help you evaluate your application should you wish to reapply in a future application cycle. The information provided below is by no means all-inclusive but is intended to be a resource for unsuccessful applicants wishing to reapply in the future to NOSM.

Was your application complete and on time?

Did you submit all required documentation?

  • Official transcripts are required for each college, CEGEP, university, junior college, graduate school, or other post-secondary institution you attend/have attended/have withdrawn from. This includes transcripts for work taken on Letter of Permission, for transfer credit, or on an exchange program
  • Three Confidential Assessment forms were submitted by three referees
  • If you applied through the Indigenous Admissions Stream you were required to submit: (1) Your letter of declaration, (2) A letter of Recommendation from your community, and (3) Proof of your Indigenous Ancestry.

Did you meet ALL deadlines as clearly outlined in the OMSAS information booklet?

Applications and all required documents were due to OMSAS by October 1, 2020.

Through your OMSAS account applicants have the ability to track receipt of their documents throughout the application process; therefore, you have the ability to know if your documents were received and on time.

Below are the three top documents that are most often missing from an application.

  1. Transcripts from college, CEGEP, junior college, graduate school, or other postsecondary institution at which you have attend/have attended/have withdrawn from. This includes transcripts for work taken on Letter of Permission, for transfer credit, or on an exchange program.
  2. 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 World Education Services (WES).
  3. References
    Be sure to follow up with your referees to make sure that they have submitted all of the required documentation by the deadline.

If you did not submit all required documentation by the deadline date that was outlined in the OMSAS booklet, your application was considered to be incomplete and is therefore disqualified.

Did you meet the minimum admission requirements?

  • Did you present a 4-year undergraduate degree (Mature applicants, 25 years of age or older by application deadline, may apply with a 3-year degree)?
  • Are you a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident (landed immigrant) status at the time of application?
  • Did you meet the minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale calculated using all of the grades of undergraduate courses completed as of the OMSAS application?

If you failed to meet any one of the above requirements, your application would have been disqualified.

Was your application competitive?

As with other Canadian medical schools, admission to NOSM is highly competitive. We received 1,975 applications for the 66 seats for the entering class of 2021. It is important to keep in mind that many qualified applicants are not invited to interview simply due to the competitive nature of the application process.

The screening of applications for invitation to interview is based on three approximately equally weighted areas:

  1. Undergraduate cumulative GPA (grade point average)
  2. Autobiographical sketch/application questionnaire score
  3. Context score

Typically, those who are competitive in all three areas of the application are invited to an interview. If you were not invited to interview, most likely you were not competitive in one area or more, even if you met the admission requirements.


1. What was your GPA?

Did you meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement? If not, then your application would have been disqualified. Although meeting the minimum GPA requirements makes you eligible for consideration, it is important to be competitive within the applicant pool.

GPA Calculation facts to consider:

Grades are converted by OMSAS using a 4.0 scale according to the OMSAS Grade Conversion Table.

The GPA that appears on the OMSAS application is not necessarily the GPA that NOSM will use. NOSM calculates the GPA using all of the grades of undergraduate courses completed as of the OMSAS application deadline.

Marks for the final year courses that were in progress at the time of application were not included in the GPA. Should you reapply in the future, your completed course work will be included in your GPA.

We do not round up in our calculation, so if your GPA was 2.98, your application would have been disqualified.

Graduate Degrees: After the initial GPA calculation to ensure compliance with the GPA cut-off (minimum 3.0 GPA), an additional 0.2 will be added to the undergraduate GPA. For example, if your undergraduate GPA is 3.3 and you have a graduate degree, your final GPA for consideration would be 3.5.  Your graduate degree must be conferred and NOSM must have received your final transcript indicating graduation by January 4 of the potential enrolment year to be considered for the 0.2 addition.


2. Did you represent yourself well on the Autobiographic Sketch/Admissions Questionnaire?

The score you receive for this portion of the application is based upon both your Autobiographic Sketch and the answers to the Admissions Questionnaire.

NOSM is looking for highly motivated students from a variety of backgrounds, who are self-directed, who will thrive in a small group-based, distributed learning environment, who have a genuine interest in helping us fulfill our mandate, and who uphold our values.

Do you know what NOSM’s values are? Did you show your interest in those values through your autobiographical sketch and questionnaire?

Did you demonstrate your aptitude for practising medicine in Northern urban, rural and remote communities?

Autobiographical Sketch

Did you list all of the activities that will provide the Admissions Committee with insight into who you are? Your autobiographic sketch should be a comprehensive list of the pertinent details of your activities since the age of 16.

Did you 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 meeting those needs?

Do your activities demonstrate that you are well-rounded and lead a balanced lifestyle outside of academics?

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 in applying to medical school and to NOSM in particular.

Did you reflect on the questions and formulate thoughtful answers?

Did you check, double check, and triple check your submission? You may want to ask other people to read your submissions and provide you with their feedback.

Did you actually answer the specific question that was asked?


3. Context Score

NOSM has a mandate to admit a class of learners who reflect the demographics of the population of Northern Ontario. Thus it is the intention of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to maximize the recruitment of students who are from Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practising medicine in Northern urban, rural and remote communities. We are also committed to recruiting Indigenous and Francophone students.

Based upon our stated mandate, we calculate a context score for each applicant based where they have lived throughout their lives within Canada.

NOSM does not have any residency requirements for applicants; we have an algorithm that we employ to calculate context scores. We do not make this algorithm public.

In the end, the application process for admission to NOSM is highly competitive. Not receiving an invitation to interview, assuming you met our minimum academic requirements, simply means your application was not as competitive as others.

All decisions are final and will not be reviewed. Admissions decisions are not open to appeal.