Method of Selection
The following components are used in the listed order to select those candidates to be offered a position in our program.
The first form of evaluations is the cumulative GPA, based on the cumulative converted grade point average (see the OMSAS Conversion Scale) of all years of undergraduate study, including summer and supplemental courses. For applicants who do not meet this initial standard, we will consider the most recent two full time years of completed undergraduate study to determine if this GPA is at or above this determined cutoff. Successful candidates will be included in the group to be considered for the second cutoff.
Applicants who have completed a graduate degree and meet the MCAT cut but are slightly below the GPA cut will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee.
The second form of evaluation is based on the results of the MCAT. We consider scores from the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behaviour and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills as well as the sum of these parts.
Candidates should emphasize in the autobiographical sketch those areas of experience that include particular interest in advisory work, community work, fine arts, health care, employment, literature, organization, teaching and travel.
Applicants are expected to choose appropriate referees to complete the Confidential Assessment Forms. Referees should have extensive personal knowledge of the applicant and be in a position to reasonably make statements concerning the applicant's character, personal qualities and academic capabilities. It is recognized that referees may not be in a position to evaluate all of the characteristics requested; however, applicants should ensure that, in choosing their three referees, the subject areas are covered. At least one referee should be a non-academic/character referee.
The goal of using the MMI is to more effectively assess non-cognitive qualities of an applicant, which could include empathy, critical thinking, ethical decision making and communication skills.
During the course of the interview, each candidate will move from one station to another. To commence the interview process, each candidate is positioned in front of a station door on which instructions, or a scenario, are posted. After two minutes, a chime and voice indicates to enter the room. The candidate will enter the room. While in each station, another chime will ring indicating the seven minute mark at which point the candidate should begin to conclude that station. At the eight minute mark, a chime will ring and a voice will indicate moving to the next station. The length of the MMI from start to finish is 90 minutes.
At each station, the candidate interacts with, or is observed by a student and faculty examiner for 8 minutes. This presents the candidate with the opportunity to create a first impression each time they begin a new station.
Once students have completed the MMI interviews, an individual panel interview will assess student’s ability to communicate. A faculty and student will engage the candidate in conversation and evaluate the required skills.
All candidates attending interviews will be required to sign a Confidentiality Non-Disclosure statement, to ensure the integrity and security of the MMI process. Candidates offered interviews should be aware that the MMI is only scheduled once per year, over the course of two weekends in March. Rescheduling; due to complex preparation and organization of this process (regardless of the reason) will not be accommodated.
Candidates are also encouraged to participate in a variety of activities hosted by the Aesculapian Society on the day of their interview
Successful candidates are ranked and offers are made in early May based on this ranked list. Offers will be made after the first round on a rolling basis until the class has been filled. Once the class is complete all waitlisted candidates will be informed that offers are no longer being made.