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Admissions Selection Process

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

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
  2. The Autobiographical Sketch and School Submission Questions
  3. Context. The context score is based on where you have lived and are living in Canada.

Context is primarily based on your Canadian place(s) of residence of one (1) year or more. Advantage is given to those who have lived in Northern Ontario, rural and remote areas in the rest of Canada, Indigenous applicants who apply through the Indigenous Admissions Stream, and Francophone applicants.

The scoring weight of each component is approximately 1/3. The combination of the scores from these 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 reference letters are reviewed.

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

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)

Interview Information

Offers to interview are expected to go out toward the end of January to mid-February of the application year via e-mail and postal mail. Achieving the minimum requirements does not guarantee that you will be invited for an interview. Applicants who are unsuccessful at this stage are also notified in late January to mid-February.

Admission interviews are normally conducted in March and/or April in both Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Please see below for this year’s interview dates.

Interviews for NOSM 2019 will take place:

Thunder Bay – March 2 and March 3, 2019

Sudbury – March 23 and March 24, 2019

If you are invited to interview, you will receive a description of the interview process in your invitation to interview package.

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