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Francophone Applicants

NOSM encourages applications from Franco-Ontarian and other Francophone applicants. Although English is the language used for communication, instruction, and assessment at NOSM, numerous opportunities are provided to enhance the experience of Francophone students, including educational resources, self-directed study groups, interest groups, and elective opportunities. In addition, NOSM offers clinical placements within Francophone communities and/or with Francophone preceptors, which provide an excellent opportunity to learn and deliver care in French.

Criteria for Francophone designation in the application process are:

  • Speak French fluently
  • Meet at least one (1) of the following criterion, you:

    1. Have a Francophone parent and minimum of eight (8) years of French-language school attendance (French immersion is not applicable), or

    2. Graduated from a French-language high school (French immersion is not applicable), or

    3. Are able to demonstrate the use of French in daily activities and a connection to the Francophone community.

If you only meet criteria "3", you will be required to:

  • Provide a recommendation letter; and
  • Answer an additional question in the application about your connection to, and involvement in, the Francophone community. Being able to speak French is not sufficient to fulfill this criteria. A letter of recommendation, written in French, attesting to your connection to the Francophone community is required.

    The author of this letter should not be a family member and should possess knowledge of your connection and/or contribution to the Francophone community. The author of the letter must include their professional or personal letterhead information (full name, title, address, telephone number, and email address) and must answer the following:

    1. What is your relationship to the applicant?

    2. In what capacity do you know the applicant?

    3. How many years have you known the applicant?

    4. Describe the activity or activities that support the applicant's connection and involvement with the Francophone community. Please include details such as the nature of the activity, the frequency (daily, weekly, etc.) as well as the duration of said activity/activities.

This documentation must be sent directly to OMSAS by the application deadline.

If you choose the "Francophone" designation in the NOSM application and you are invited for an interview, you will be required to demonstrate your proficiency in spoken French at the time of the interview.

By identifying as a Francophone applicant, and should you be successful in the admissions process you will be identified as a Francophone student. Therefore, you will be required to include NOSM's Francophone communities in the lottery ranking for their Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) site selection process.


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