Here begins your adventure as a future medical student. You'll find here all the information you need to apply for admission.
Step 1: Overview of our program
The University of Ottawa offers the medical program in both official languages in a Faculty of Medicine where both the Francophone and Anglophone teaching activities correlate. These teaching activities enhance the development of linguistic skills in both French and English.
In view of the increasing use of information technology in our instructional program, applicants are expected to be computer literate and are required to use a laptop in class from day one. Students must provide their own laptop and ensure that it meets requirements mandated by the Faculty’s medical eCurriculum. Further information will be provided in the offer of admission package.
During their undergraduate training, the students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to recognize, understand and apply effective, efficient strategies for the prevention and management of the most common and most severe health problems. The program integrates the basic and clinical sciences throughout the four years. It also emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention; it is responsive to individual needs and abilities and to the changes occurring in society and the health care system.
Emphasis is placed on self-learning; principles and facts are learned in a multidisciplinary fashion, in the context of clinical problems. Whole-class lectures and seminars are used to discuss basic concepts, explore new developments and provide overviews of the biomedical sciences fundamental to the practice of medicine. Training occurs in ambulatory, primary, secondary and tertiary settings, and the students function as members of the medical team in collaboration with other health professionals.
The training fosters trust and compassion, communication skills, ethical professional conduct and patient advocacy.
The program is scheduled over four calendar years and is divided into two sections. Pre-clerkship includes 64 weeks of study of essential biomedical principles and consists of six multidisciplinary units. The second section, of two calendar years duration is the clerkships and includes core rotations in, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Acute care as well as Mandatory Selective. A period of eighteen weeks is available for elective study in fourth year. All students must also complete a month in a rural setting.
The Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) recently approved a policy on the essential skills and abilities required for the study of medicine for students registered in or applying to the MD program in any of the six Ontario medical schools. This policy applies to the admission of students with disabilities. You are strongly encouraged to consult OMSAS for a complete review of the policy.
A bilingual applicant is one who speaks both Canada's official languages, English and French. If bilingual status is claimed, the applicants' ability to have a functional conversation in both languages will be assessed at the time of the interview.
Candidates applying to the French stream, please see language requirements at Choice of Language of Instruction.
Required by all programs
Proof of a childhood immunization record or adult primary series (at least 3 doses) is mandatory.
Proof of a booster received within the last 10 years.
One dose of Tdap vaccine is mandatory if not previously received in adulthood (18 years of age and older)
Proof of a childhood immunization record or adult primary series (at least 3 doses) is mandatory.
Proof of a baseline two-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) is mandatory in addition to a yearly one-step TST.
Students with a history of positive TST must provide a chest x-ray report done after the positive TST. Future TST is not required but the Tuberculosis Signs and Symptoms Self-Declaration Form must be completed on an annual basis.
TST is recommended 3 months post travel to any endemic area.
An Interferon-gamma releases assay (IGRA), either QuantiFERON or T-SPOT-TB assay, performed within the year will be accepted In place of an annual one-step PPD.
Varicella/Zoster o Laboratory evidence of immunity or
Documentation of a health care provider diagnosis of varicella/herpes zoster that is laboratory confirmed or
Documentation of two-doses (2) of a varicella vaccine
Vaccination series is required if there is no proof of immunity.
Measles: proof of two vaccine doses or laboratory evidence of immunity.
Mumps: proof of two vaccine doses or laboratory evidence of immunity.
Rubella: proof of one vaccine dose or laboratory evidence of immunity.
Documented evidence of a complete primary series of hepatitis B immunization.
Serology for hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs titer) AND hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg).
Booster(s) required if hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs titer) is negative.
Post-vaccination hepatitis B surface antibody serology (anti-HBs titer) is mandatory 1 month later.
Documented evidence of seasonal flu vaccine for the academic year.
Documented evidence of a complete primary series of COVID-19 immunization.
Includes two doses of Pfizer (also known as Comirnaty), Moderna (also known as SpikeVax) or Astra-Zeneca vaccines (known as Vaxzeria) (or combination thereof) or one dose of vaccine by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (or others as approved by World Health Organization [WHO]
NB: As immunization requirements may change at any time, please ensure you contact the Office of Risk Management for the most up-to-date immunization requirements.
The Faculty of Medicine offers a large number of scholarships and bursaries to students registered in our MD program. Scholarships are awarded for academic achievements while bursaries are awarded based on financial need.
For a complete list of scholarships and bursaries offered to our MD students, please refer to the undergraduate medical education website at the Scholarships and Bursaries.
Step 2: Admission Requirements
Applications will be accepted from students in good standing who will have successfully completed, in a recognized university, three years of full-time studies (five courses per semester each per year) in any undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree, including specific prerequisite courses completed with a minimum Grade of 3.00/4.00 on the OMSAS scale:
6 units in Humanities/Social Sciences (you may fulfil the Humanities/Social Sciences requirements with any courses that are not science-based. These include, but are not limited to: Sociology, Psychology, Math, Religion, Administration, English Literature, English Writing, etc. We will not accept any second language courses toward the Humanities/Social Sciences requirements)
6 units in Biology (we also accept Anatomy and Physiology courses)
3 units in Organic Chemistry
3 units in Chemistry
3 units in Biochemistry
3 units in Statistics (Calculus courses are not accepted for the Statistics requirement)
Units are equivalent to credits
3 units (credits) are equivalent to a one (1) semester course, and 6 units (credits) are equivalent to either one full-year course or two semester-long courses.
We will accept courses where the course code or course title includes the name of the category required. For example (but not limited to), any CHM/CHEM/Introduction to Chemistry/or General Chemistry will be accepted to satisfy the 3 units (credits) of Chemistry.
Having more courses in one category does not compensate for missing courses in other categories. For example: having 6 units (credits) of Biochemistry does not compensate for the missing units (credits) in Biology or vice versa.
The laboratory requirements can be met by either having 6 units worth of courses (indicated above in course requirements) that include a laboratory component and/or by having completed additional course(s) up to 6 units that are exclusively laboratory-based.
Note: The three years of full-time undergraduate study and prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the begining of June preceding admission into the MD Program.
An academic year where the equivalent of four (4) courses per semester is taken will be recognized as a full-time year of study and will be included in the cGPA calculation provided that the missing courses to fulfil the full-time (5 courses per semester) requirements are completed either as additional courses within another academic year or as summer courses. Individual courses taken during a summer session are accepted and the mark obtained is counted in the calculation of the cGPA if completed during the last 3 years of full-time undergraduate studies leading to a bachelor’s degree. Any year with less than four courses per semester will not count as a full-time year of study. A full-time summer semester does not replace a semester of studies within an academic year (except for Co-op programs). AP, IB and transfer units are not recognized as fulfilment of full-time studies requirement.
Candidates are allowed to complete missing prerequisite courses during the academic year preceding admission but, as with all courses, not during the summer before their registration in the MD program of studies.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa determines equivalencies.
N.B. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission.
Furthermore, in selecting students, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to assess, in the applicant’s program, the level of difficulty of completed courses and their relevance to future medical studies at the University of Ottawa; the Committee also considers the candidate’s results in these courses. Please note that professional degrees earned at Canadian Institutions are generally considered undergraduate degrees. Applications will be individually assessed during the evaluation process once the application is submitted at OMSAS. Full-time studies completed by distance education will not be recognized since the spirit of the full-time studies requirements is to be able to assess and compare how candidates succeed in a full-time course load and to predict how the candidates will perform and cope with the rigorous demand for the medical program.
Applying as a third-year student
Candidates can apply as a third-year student if they were full-time during their first 2 years of undergraduate studies, and they are currently registered in their third year of full-time undergraduate bachelor’s degree studies.
Applying with more than 3 years of undergraduate studies or having completed more than once undergraduate degree
Candidates who are applying with more than three years of undergraduate studies or have completed more than one undergraduate degree at the time of application are eligible to apply if they have at least three years of full-time studies leading to the obtention of a university bachelor’s degree.
The three years of full-time studies do not necessarily need to be consecutive or be in the same bachelor’s degree program.
For example, if at the time of application, the candidate has completed an undergraduate degree plus two years toward a second undergraduate bachelor’s degree, they are eligible to apply provided that:
At least 3 of their undergraduate years of study were completed as full-time;
They have completed all admission requirements, including prerequisite courses, by the beginning of June preceding admission into the MD Program.
Each year, a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) is set for the current application pool. The required minimum cGPA is 3.50/4.00 and upwards and may vary depending on the stream in which candidates apply to. It may also be influenced by the quality and quantity of applicants for that current year.
Based on recent admission statistics and the high volume of applications in the English stream, a cGPA of 3.85 or higher is considered competitive for admission.
Admission to the MD Program is competitive; possessing the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
When calculating the school grade point average to assess excellence in marks for admission to the MD program, we will use the cumulative grade point average (cGPA) based on the applicants most recent three years of full-time (5-courses per semester per year) undergraduate studies completed towards a bachelor’s degree in any recognized University. The cGPA will include all full-time courses taken during the regular academic year (Fall and Winter semesters) AND individual courses taken during the summer semester during that period. Marks obtained in an academic year where a candidate has completed a semester (or full year) abroad as part of an exchange program will not be included in the cGPA calculation. Any additional university courses or studies outside that period will be considered during the final comprehensive file review despite not being included in the cGPA calculation to ensure academic excellence is maintained.
For the academic year to count towards the cGPA calculation, a maximum of one pass/fail graded course per semester may have been completed in accordance with the five courses per semester each year requirement. Therefore, an academic year in which more than one pass/fail graded course was taken in one semester is not considered in the cGPA calculation. Prerequisite courses with the minimum grade of 3.00/4.00 on the OMSAS scale completed outside of the most recent three years will count towards fulfilling the prerequisite credits, however, the grades will not count towards the cGPA.
Applications will not be accepted from applicants who are not Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants). Proof of permanent resident status must accompany the application at the time it is submitted. However, there is one exception to the rule: eligible children of alumni of the University of Ottawa who have completed studies at the Faculty of Medicine.
Students from Ontario secondary schools who intend to pursue medical studies must ensure they have completed the advanced math and science courses that qualify them for the university science courses required.
We do not accept applications directly from CEGEP or community college.
An applicant who has obtained the “Diplôme d’études collégiales” from Quebec (CEGEP) must complete in addition two years of full-time studies (minimum of five courses per semester each year) in an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree in a recognized university, including the necessary prerequisite courses completed with a minimum Grade of 3.00/4.00 on the OMSAS scale.
The same policy applies to applicants who have completed studies at a community college. The College (or CEGEP) studies will be recognized as being equivalent to one year of postsecondary university studies, provided that the candidate has obtained his/her diploma.
Prerequisite courses equivalencies
University of Ottawa
General Biology I
3 units (credits) of Biology
General Biology II
3 units (credits) of Biology
General Chemistry + Chemistry of solutions
3 units (credits) of General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
3 units (credits) of Organic Chemistry
Note: Only the above science courses completed at the CEGEP/College level of study will be recognized toward our prerequisites and provided that they were completed with a minimum Grade of 70%.
Students who have completed these science courses at the CEGEP/College level must also take, at any recognized University, the following additional prerequisite courses: (6 units/credits) in Humanities/Social Sciences; (3 units/credits) in Biochemistry; and (3 units/credits) in Statistics.
Since we require at least three years of undergraduate full-time studies in any program leading to the obtention of a bachelor’s degree in a recognized university within our eligibility criteria, we will only convert the most recent three years of studies pertinent to the bachelor program of studies of the candidates and not convert any undergraduate degree and/or certificate of one-year duration. The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa also does not convert studies leading to a Diploma, Certificate or MD Degrees.
Students enrolled in a (Co-op) cooperative education program are eligible to apply for admission, provided they have completed the prerequisite courses as well as the full-time studies as indicated in the eligibility criteria. For a year to be recognized as equivalent to full-time study and count toward the cumulative grade point average (cGPA), it must contain two academic terms within each trimester year (fall, winter, summer). An academic year where the student has completed two work terms will not count as part of the three prerequisite years of full-time studies and therefore, the grades obtained for one semester of academic work completed within this year will not be used in calculating the cGPA.
Year of study
Summer / Spring term
Candidates who are completing the above co-op sequence can be eligible to apply to our MD program after completing their second year of study while registered in their third year, and provided that their third year is completed by the end of the winter term and all three years are full-time course load.
Year of study
Summer / Spring term
Candidates who are completing the above co-op sequence can be eligible to apply to our MD program after completing their fourth year, while registered in their fifth year, and provided that all three years of study (1, 2 and 5) are completed with a full-time course load.
Candidates with a permanent residence in Canada who do not meet our eligibility criteria relative to completion of Canadian studies and require the inclusion of their international studies must have their foreign transcript assessed by World Education Services (WES). The application will only be considered if the WES assessment is provided.
However, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to apply its own conversion. This evaluation must include a program equivalency conversion, an overall grade point average conversion, as well as a course-by-course grade conversion. To obtain this assessment and grade conversion, please consult the World Education Website or call the World Education Services at the following numbers: (416) 972-0070 or 1-866-343-0070. To submit this evaluation with your application, you are required to follow the instructions provided within the Web site of the OMSAS online application.
Graduate candidates who are registered in (or have recently completed) a master’s or doctoral degree are allowed to apply to either the MD or combined MD/PhD program provided they meet the eligibility criteria, including the completion of the specific prerequisites (sciences/humanities/social sciences) completed with a minimum Grade of 3.00/4.00 on the OMSAS scale. These applications will be assessed like all other applications based on the candidate’s cGPA, Casper, Confidential Assessment Forms, Autobiographical Sketch (ABS) and Interview performance. Although cGPA is calculated based on the last three years of full-time undergraduate studies, ongoing studies (in a professional or graduate program) will be considered as part of the final comprehensive file review to ensure academic excellence is maintained.
As graduate applicants, candidates must have completed all their coursework by the end of June prior to entering the MD Program, as students are not allowed to be registered into two programs at the same time.
Admission for special students or mature applicants, as described in the University of Ottawa “General Admission Requirements,” does not apply to the Faculty of Medicine.
An applicant will not be eligible if he/she was previously registered in a medical program leading to an MD degree and withdrew or was excluded from the program. Exceptions may be considered for exceptional or medical circumstances.
The OMSAS instruction booklet makes reference to the importance of the application materials and required documentation received at OMSAS by the published deadlines. Applicants must ensure that OMSAS receives their transcripts by the stated deadline so that the file can be reviewed and a verification report can be sent to the applicant in sufficient time to allow any errors or omissions to be addressed. If an applicant’s transcript issues are not resolved before our selection process begins, it will not be possible to insert the file into our process, and a disqualification status could be assigned to the application.
The Faculty of Medicine may, at its discretion, refuse to accept future applications to the MD program from a candidate who has submitted a false, misleading or fraudulent application in the past to any medical school.
2022 Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program
If applying to medical school is a significant financial burden to you, consider applying to the Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program and save approximately $600. This program subsidizes the costs for up to three 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). You can assess your eligibility and apply.
If you have any questions, please contact the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada ([email protected]). For resources to support your application process, you can connect with the Price of a Dream via email ([email protected]) or Instagram (@priceofadream_md).
If you have an unaccommodated disability, you may request additional consideration in the undergraduate MD 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.
Medical schools may invite you to interview as part of their admission process. If you require accommodation for an interview, you must request this directly from the relevant medical school once you are invited to interview.
You must submit the following supporting documentation by the October 3, 2022, application deadline:
Documentation from the accessibility services office at your university (or other educational institution): Either a report about the accommodation you were given or documentation stating you were not provided accommodation
Letter from a regulated health practitioner who is licensed to diagnose
Use Secure Application Messaging (SAM) in your OMSAS application to upload all supporting documentation for your request.
Note: The medical schools’ admission offices may request additional information or documentation upon review of your request.
Documentation From the Accessibility Services Office
You must submit a report from the accessibility services office at your university (or other educational institution) that:
confirms your registration for academic accommodations,
supports the need for accommodation and
lists the accommodation given and its duration.
No diagnosis is needed.
If you were not registered with the accessibility services office, you must provide documentation from that office stating you were not provided accommodation.
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)
Speech and language pathologist
Other regulated health practitioner who is licensed to diagnose
You must submit a Personal Statement (2 pages maximum) that includes:
the considerations you are requesting,
your reason(s) for applying for disability-based consideration in the admission process, including the impact your disability had on your learning,
how you have adapted to and/or overcome your challenges and
your plan to ensure success in the study and practice of medicine.
If your disability was recognized:
If claiming inadequate accommodation was given, you must explain what accommodation was in place and why it is deemed inadequate.
If claiming no accommodation was given, you must explain why no accommodation was in place.
If your disability was not recognized, you must explain why.
Regardless of whether your disability was recognized, you must support your claim with the appropriate documentation from your accessibility services office.
Candidates will be required to complete a detailed autobiographical sketch that is part of the OMSAS application. The detailed information provided will allow an assessor to judge the scope of the activities outlined.
The purpose of this questionnaire is for us to obtain more information about you. When completing the autobiographical sketch, you will be prompted to provide more specific details for all of the categories. You must click on the link for each section to enter the details. You must provide a verifier for each activity listed on your detailed autobiographical sketch. The verifier cannot be a friend or a family member. Verifiers are randomly contacted. You must comply with the instructions provided or your application will be disqualified.
It is in your interest to be complete, yet brief and to the point. Answers must be typed and you are required to respect the space allocated. Answers in point form are easier to peruse. You are not writing a personal letter. We want to know what you have done in your life so far, why you did it, and what you have gained from it as a person and as a future physician.
NEW: You will be prompted to identify the top three (3) activities in each category (maximum of 18 in total) that you feel have best prepared you to apply to medicine.
List your employment in chronological order. Specify your education level during employment: i.e.: 1st year of university. Indicate if the employment was during the summer or academic year, part-time or full-time, the total number of hours (per week or per month) and the number of years. Note your title and briefly describe your responsibilities.
List your volunteer activities in chronological order. Specify your education level: i.e.: 1st year of university. Indicate if the activity was during the summer or academic year, the total number of hours (per week or per month) and the number of years. Provide the location where the volunteer work took place and briefly describe your responsibilities.
List your extracurricular activities in chronological order. Specify your education level: i.e.: 1st year of university. Indicate if the activity was during the summer or academic year, the total number of hours (per week or per month) and the number of years. Indicate the type of activity: individual activity, team activity or club activity (ie: sports, arts, music, student governments, personal activities such as camping etc.) For sports activities, indicate at which level you performed: recreational, varsity, intramural, provincial, national or international.
Awards and Accomplishments
These may include: University entrance scholarships, service awards, humanitarian awards, community awards/service, athletic scholarships, etc. Specify when they were received i.e.: 1st year of university, and the duration.
Specify your education level, i.e.: 1st year of university and the title of the project. Indicate the type of publications: paper, abstract and presentation at a scientific meeting, etc., accepted or published with a reference, submitted or in preparation.
Candidates are required to ask 3 persons to provide a reference on their behalf:
One academic- or employment-related,
One non-academic and
One of your choosing.
Select referees who have extensive personal knowledge of you and, as a result, are in a position to answer the Confidential Assessment Form (CAF) questions.
In order for referees to provide uniform information that admissions committees are specifically looking for from the reference process, each of your referees will be asked to fill out a CAF. It is your responsibility to inform your referees that they must fill out the CAF, and that additional letters of reference are not accepted.
On the CAF, your references will be asked to respond to the following:
Would this applicant make a good physician?
Rate the applicant on each of the following attributes:
Professionalism (e.g., commitment to ethical practice, standards of behaviour and accountability to others)
Empathy (e.g., demonstrating consideration of others’ perspectives)
Identify and comment on 1 area of improvement for the applicant.
Share any other information you feel may be relevant to a medical school’s admissions committee.
References are due on October 3 along with the remainder of your application. However, when referees are unable to meet the deadline, we will accept late references up to December 1st, without penalty to the applicant.
Requests for references should be sent to your referees by September 15th to allow enough time for them to complete their on-line reference by the deadline.
All applicants to the MD and MD/PhD Program, at the University of Ottawa are required to complete an online assessment (Casper), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of Casper is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
Casper assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing Casper, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
In order to take Casper, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, equipped with a webcam and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. Casper can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take Casper online due to unreliable internet. If you require any accommodation to complete the Casper, refer to the Altus Assessments FAQs or contact them directly for more information.
No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
Casper must be completed in the language of instruction selected when submitting your application to the MD Program, University of Ottawa.
Candidates application will not be considered if the online Casper test is not completed.
Applicants are required to take Casper in the fall of the application year.
Applicants who have written Casper in the summer (August or September) are not required to take the test, unless they are applying for a different language stream. Once they submit their application through OMSAS and receive an OMSAS ID, candidates can log into their Altus account and request that their results be shared with the University of Ottawa.
Step 4: Pre-interview selection process
The selection criteria to advance to interview is based on eligibility requirements, all of the academic parameters as well as performance on Casper, review of the autobiographical sketch, and confidential assessment forms. Final admission ranking is then based on interview performance combined with the academic parameters.
As long as the prerequisites for eligibility are met, no preference is given to the discipline of the academic program taken at a recognized university.
Age, gender, race, religion and socio-economic status play no part in the selection process, unless it is specified in the criteria for designated seats.
Any candidate who submits a fraudulent application for admission is subject to prosecution.
All things being equal, preference will be given to those who have proficiency in both official languages at the University.
Policy on Interference
Individual applicants, or their family members, delegates, and friends, are not to contact the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education or Vice-Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, directly or indirectly via telephone, letter, e-mail, any other electronic social medium or in person, regarding the application process or her/his application. To do so will be considered a breach of professionalism and any such contact or overtures will be noted and may jeopardize the individual's application.
"The MD Program of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) - the bodies that accredit MD programs in Canada and the United States. As such, the Admissions Office adheres strictly with the following CACMS standard:
10.2 The final responsibility for accepting students to a medical school rests with a formally constituted admission committee. The authority and composition of the committee and the rules for its operation, including voting privileges and the definition of a quorum, are specified in bylaws or other medical school policies. Faculty members constitute the majority of voting members at all meetings. The selection of individual students must not be influenced by any political or financial factors."
Note: The Admissions Office will not make any exceptions to declared policies.
No candidate will be admitted without an interview. These are usually held in February-March. Candidates will be invited based on the file assessment process of academic and non-academic criteria.
Candidates who require accommodations for their interview must contact the Admissions Office at least two weeks prior to the interview day.
Note: the interview process for the 2023 admission cycle will take place in February and March, and the letters to confirm the status of applications will be sent by email in the last week of January 2023.
Step 5: Post-Interview Selection Process
Following the interview, preliminary rank order lists are prepared based on a combined score using the cGPA and the interview performance (a poor interview may not be ranked). In the event of ties in the final scores, candidates with the highest cGPA will be ranked higher. The admissions committee may take other factors into consideration when ranking each candidate.
All offers of admission are conditional and are subject to the following conditions:
Selected candidates must provide us with an official final transcript of their marks from the Registrar of their university by the end of June 2023.
Selected candidates must successfully complete their current academic year, (this applies to all level of study, undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees, whether it is full-time or part-time). The cGPA will be recalculated for candidates who were completing undergraduate studies during the application year to ensure their cGPA does not fall below the minimum cut-off established. Although the cGPA only includes grades from the undergraduate level of study, grades from upper level will be considered to ensure academic excellence is maintained.
Selected candidates must provide us with the completed immunization form, the police record check form and the CPR certification proof by August 2, 2023.
Selected candidates must complete all admission requirements by June 2023 (this includes all course work at the graduate or doctoral level of study).
Selected candidates must provide us with their proof of citizenship (copy only).
The University may revoke the offer of admission if the selected candidate fails to meet any admission requirement or any one of the conditions mentioned above.
Because of the important weight that is attached to the interview performance within our selection process, further applications to the MD program of studies from candidates who have had three interviews will not be considered. This policy applies to all applicants regardless of the category applied for.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa's $125.00 institutional Levy is deductible from the tuition fees when the candidate is admitted.
One thousand dollars ($1,000.00) deposit fee must accompany a firm acceptance of the offer of admission. The deposit is deductible from tuition fees (once registered at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa).
Once admitted in the first year, a student may submit a request for deferred registration. This deferral may be granted under very exceptional circumstances with provision of supporting documentation. The request is granted or refused by the Admissions Office in consultation with the Vice-Dean. Students admitted by another medical school and given the privilege of a deferred registration will not be considered for admission at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa as long as they maintain their deferred registration.
A student cannot be enrolled in any other College or University program (full-time or part time) once admitted in the first year of the MD program. Under very exceptional circumstances, permission may be granted by the Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.
Applications for the transfer will be accepted only from Canadian schools and only under exceptional circumstances, provided that the person would have met our admission standards, that his/her curriculum to date is compatible with our own and only if space is available. If these conditions are met the candidate will be invited to an interview.
Transfers into the University of Ottawa program
Transfers into the MD program will only be considered under exceptional circumstances, and in consultation with the Vice-Dean, Medical Education Program of the Faculty of Medicine, subject to space availability, and if in full compliance with all of the following criteria. Transfers will only be considered into year 3 of the 4-year undergraduate medical program.
The applicant must:
be registered full-time as an undergraduate medical student in a Canadian university offering an accredited and comparable 4-year medical program;
initiate the request at least 1 year prior to the desired year of transfer;
have successfully completed year 2 at the time of transfer;
be in good academic standing and have a satisfactory overall record at the home institution;
meet the general admission requirements of the Faculty;
not be on leave from the home institution.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary documentation from the home institution reaches the University of Ottawa along with the request for transfer.
Transfers within the Faculty of Medicine Programs
Applicants must declare their language stream at the time of application. Interviews will be conducted in the selected language and transfers from one stream to the other will not be permitted.
MD Program, MD/Ph.D. Program.
Once an applicant accepts an offer of admission to either of these Programs, transfers to the other program will not be permitted.