Application process

How to apply

Review our three admissions categories.

Application materials check-list 

  Undergraduate Graduate Current md student
MD application materials MD admissions MD admissions Not required
Three MD/PhD reference letters Mailed to OMSAS

Mailed to OMSAS

Delivered to MD/PhD Office
Academic CV Uploaded to OMSAS Uploaded to OMSAS Delivered to MD/PhD Office
MD/PhD personal essay Completed on OMSAS Completed on OMSAS Delivered to MD/PhD Office with

MD/PhD personal essay

You are required to submit one original personal essay that is 250 words or less, responding to the following question:

Reflecting on your personal and research experiences to date, how does your experience relate to your decision to pursue a physician scientist pathway, and the kind of ideas that you wish to pursue in your PhD?

MD/PhD reference letters

Reminder - the deadline to submit your OMSAS applications is Saturday, October 1, 2017

  • Submitting a CV and/or ISAP documentation online: there is a 48-hour turnaround time to gain access to the SAM tool to upload your documentation once you’ve completed your payment to OMSAS. The University of Toronto will accept any CV/ISAP documentation submitted using the SAM tool up to 4pm, October 6, 2017.

You are required to submit three letters of reference. These are separate from the letters of reference used for your MD application, and should reflect the following guidelines:

Purpose: these letters are in addition to the letters that are part of the standard OMSAS MD application in order to help the admissions committee assess your research performance and suitability for an MD/PhD Program. The MD/PhD admissions committee does not review your MD letters.

Referees: at least two of the reference letters should be from individuals, preferably at the faculty level, who can comment on your scientific ability and potential. If you are a graduate applicant, one of these three letters must be from your graduate supervisor. You can use the same referees for your MD Confidential Assessment forms and reference letters, your MD/PhD reference letters, and your graduate reference letters (if applicable), but the content of these letters should differ according to the parameters listed in this section.

Content: there is no template or form provided for reference letters. Letters should be written on the referee’s letterhead and include the name of the candidate. Your referees should comment on the following candidate attributes, with specific examples, when composing their letters:

  • potential for success as a clinician scientist
  • capacity to succeed in both an undergraduate medical and a PhD curriculum
  • self-starting behaviour
  • contribution to the research in which the candidate was involved, including publications, if any
  • capacity to learn from others

Submission: MD/PhD reference letters are now submitted on-line through OMSAS.

Academic curriculum vitae (CV)

CVs must follow the following format:

They should not include non-academic activities.


The interview stage is the final stage of the admissions process. We invite approximately 45 applicants to attend an admissions interview in Toronto. You will be invited for your MD interview and MD/PhD interview in the same invitation. All MD/PhD Program interviews will be coordinated on the same weekend as the applicant’s MD interview. Typically, this happens on the first and second interview weekends.

The 2018 interview dates will be in February 2018. Invitations will be sent by the end of January 2018.

The MD/PhD Program has the same interview format as the MD Program.

How we assess applications

Applicants to the MD/PhD Program are reviewed by the Admissions Committee for the combined program, and by the Enrolment Services Office for the MD Program. While there is separate adjudication by each program, there is close coordination and sharing of information between the two offices.

Applications are reviewed by members of the MD/PhD Admissions Committee by early January, and highly ranked candidates are invited to interview. Typically, our interviews take place in the first two weekends of the MD interviews. MD interviews are normally arranged to coincide with this visit. Interview dates will be posted on the MD page.

A student must be acceptable to both the medical school and MD/PhD Program in order to receive an offer of admission to the MD/PhD Program.

Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis following completion of the interviews. All MD/PhD Programs in Ontario have agreed that they may not require a response to an offer prior to March 14, 2018.

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