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Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Program

The four (4) year Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Program at NOSM University provides students with a unique mix of learning opportunities in a diverse range of sites, including Indigenous and francophone communities.

Selection for the University’s UME Program will favour those who are likely to thrive in the challenging northern and rural learning environments, including applicants from within Northern Ontario, rural and remote areas in the rest of Canada, and Indigenous and francophone applicants.

The focus of the UME Program is on graduating skilled physicians who are ready and able to pursue further training and clinical practice anywhere, but who have a special affinity for, and comfort in, Northern Ontario.

NOSM University’s UME Program offers sixty-nine (69) places distributed between our Sudbury Campus and our Thunder Bay Campus. We also work in partnership with the Department of National Defense to offer up to five (5) additional Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) seats.

Although the two (2) main campuses are located in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, NOSM University students do not function in a traditional medical school building. Rather, the walls of NOSM University are the boundaries of Northern Ontario, spanning thousands of kilometres, with two (2) main campuses and countless communities that are linked in some way to NOSM University. The model of distributed medical education and research instills a complex understanding for rural health and an educational experience that is grounded in the realities of community-based health care. Students receive clinical training in a variety of settings – hospitals, health centres, family practices – where they witness health challenges first-hand, and are introduced to the distinct cultures, lifestyle opportunities and learning environments of Northern Ontario.

When you apply to NOSM University, you will be asked to indicate your preferred campus. Students will be assigned to campuses based on the availability of seats at the preferred site. While NOSM University will endeavour to assign successful applicants to their preferred campus, we are unable to guarantee that all students will be offered a seat at their preferred site.


Application Dates

All applications for admission to the six Ontario medical schools are submitted through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS). To apply to NOSM University’s UME Program, applicants must register and create an account with OMSAS. The OMSAS application opens in mid-July.  The application deadline is the first week of October for admission the following September.

NOSM University reserves the right to review and change the UME Program admissions requirements at any time without notice. Please monitor our website for up-to-date information.

All documents and application materials must be submitted through OMSAS. Candidates will be assessed solely based on materials submitted to OMSAS by the application deadlines. Addendums or supplemental materials sent directly to NOSM University will be destroyed.

Please be aware that application deadlines are strictly enforced. All required documentation must be provided by the specified deadlines as outlined on the OMSAS website. Applicants who fail to comply with application deadlines and/or requirements will be disqualified.

Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver Pilot Program (2022-2023)

If applying to medical school is a significant financial burden to you, consider applying to the Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver Pilot Program and save approximately $600.00.

This pilot-program subsidizes the application costs for up to three (3) Ontario medical schools for the 2022-2023 application cycle ($100 – $130 each) and the $220 Ontario Medical School Application Service processing fee.

Applications open on June 28, 2022 (at midnight) and close on August 23, 2022 (11:59 PM).

If you have any questions, please contact the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (service@afmcstudentportal.ca). For resources to support your application process, you can connect with the Price of a Dream via email (mdpriceofadream@gmail.com) or Instagram (@priceofadream_md).

Falsification of Application Information

NOSM University reserves the right to determine the veracity of any and all statements in an application.

If it is discovered that any application information is false or misleading, or that information has been concealed or withheld, the application will be disqualified; or, if discovered after an offer of admission has been sent, that offer will be withdrawn. If these circumstances are discovered after the student has been admitted into the Medical Program, the student will be required to withdraw from the Program. An applicant so discovered will be barred from applying to NOSM University for five (5) years.

Curriculum Information

Communication information technology is essential to the success of our undergraduate medical program. Many of your learning materials are provided through electronic communications, making full use of the wealth of educational resources available.

Whether you are located in the large regional centres of Thunder Bay and Sudbury, or in the smallest, most remote communities, you will have the same access to information and educational resources as you would in a large metropolitan teaching hospital.

Further information on NOSM University’s Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program curriculum and structure can be found on the MD Program webpage.