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Disability-based Consideration Requests

Eligibility


If you have an unaccommodated disability, you may request additional consideration in the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Program admission process if you:

  • were not aware that you had a disability or
  • were not appropriately accommodated for a documented disability during your undergraduate and/or graduate studies

This request applies only to the initial assessment of your OMSAS application.

If you are invited to interview at NOSM University and require accommodation for the interview you must request this directly with the Office of Admissions & Learner Recruitment at the time of the invitation to interview.

 

Supporting Documentation


You must submit the following supporting documentation to OMSAS via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) by the application deadline:

  • Documentation from the accessibility services office at your university (or other educational institution)
  • Letter from a regulated health practitioner who is licensed to diagnose
  • OMSAS Disability-based Consideration for GPA Changes Form

NOTE: NOSM University’s Office of Admissions may request additional information or documentation upon review of your request.

 

Documentation From the Accessibility Services Office


If you were registered with and received accommodation from the accessibility services office at your university (or other educational institution), you must submit a report from the accessibility services office that:

  • confirms your registration for academic accommodations,
  • supports the need for accommodation and
  • lists the accommodation given and its duration.

No diagnosis is needed.

 

Letter From a Regulated Health Practitioner


You must submit a letter from a regulated health practitioner who is licensed to diagnose. The letter must be dated and:

  • include the health practitioner’s professional credentials (must be clearly stated),
  • support the need for accommodation,
  • specify the accommodation required,
  • provide the date of diagnosis and
  • outline the underlying functional impairment and restrictions.

The following types of regulated health practitioners may provide a letter to support your request:

  • Physician (Family physician or specialist)
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Psychologist
  • Dentist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Social worker
  • Other regulated health practitioner who is licensed to diagnose

 

OMSAS Disability-based Consideration for GPA Changes Form


You must submit the OMSAS Disability-based Consideration for GPA Changes Form (PDF) that includes:

  • the nature of your disability and its impact on your learning.
  • the academic consideration you are requesting, including any semester(s) or year(s) your disability was not accommodated.
  • the accommodation you applied for, and if received, the type of accommodation you received or the reason you did not request or receive accommodation.
  • the courses, if any, you completed after you received accommodation.
  • how you overcame your challenges and your plan to be successful in the study and practice of medicine.

All documentation supporting your Disability-based Consideration request must be submitted to OMSAS via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) by the application deadline.