Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions

If a letter arrives at OMSAS one day after the deadline, will it be accepted?

Any materials submitted after the deadline will be considered late and the application will be marked as incomplete so it will not proceed to file review.

What if people who can verify an activity on my ABS are no longer available?

You are expected to make a reasonable effort to verify all major activities listed in the Autobiographical Sketch. It is understandable that a few verifiers may be out of touch, or no longer with the organization. Please use common sense and do the best you can.

When I pick the activities/achievements to write about for the three brief ABS statements, is it better if they were medically-related or if they happened overseas?

No. The most important thing is that the three activities show evidence of the attribute clusters. The nature or location of the activity is not relevant to the assessment.

Will an interesting narrative style make my application stand out?

No. The essays are assessed on content rather than style. A thoughtful, clear and concise writing style with proper spelling, grammar and punctuation is the best way to get your ideas across.

Are CEGEP, IB and/or AP courses acceptable for prerequisites?

Yes. They must appear on the university transcript as credits.

Are Chemistry and Physics considered life sciences?

No. We classify these as physical sciences.

Are Organic Chemistry and Physics required?

For application to the U of T MD Program, applicants are not required to complete university level courses in Chemistry or Physics. However, applicants are reminded that the MCAT is an application requirement, and that this test requires knowledge of Biology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, and Conceptual Physics at a first-year university level.

Can I check if my courses are acceptable as prerequisites?

If you are not sure whether the course fits the definition given here, you may e-mail us with the course description. It is not necessary to verify Biology, Anatomy or other medical sciences courses, even if they are taken under the auspices of Nursing or Kinesiology.

Can I complete prerequisites in the year of application?

Yes, but registration in the course must be shown on the transcript submitted to OMSAS.

I am in my third year and need to take a prerequisite course that is only offered as a first-year course, is that acceptable?

You are expected to take some courses that correspond with your year of study in your program. If you are applying during your third year of study, at least three courses should be at the third year or higher level. If you are applying during your fourth year of study, at least three courses should be at the third or fourth year level. You are not expected to have a large number of lower year courses when you reach the upper years, however, it is understood that courses outside you major area of study may need to be taken at an introductory level.

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