Frequently Asked Questions
INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: When will I know the status of my application?
We may send refusal letters and invitations to interviews beginning in January. Both will continue to be sent until the last interview date, as the files are reviewed.
MCAT: How is the MCAT used in the application process?
The MCAT score is not included in an overall academic calculation, but is used as a threshold. Applying with marks that fall below the minimum required will jeopardize the success of your application. The MCAT must be written prior to the application deadline. Applications without MCAT scores will not be considered.
Only MCATs written within five years of the application deadline will be considered. You must release to the MCAT score to OMSAS each application cycle.
Only your most recent MCAT scores will be considered. Please note that this policy is subject to change.
MCAT: What are the minimum scores required on each component of the MCAT to be considered?
MCAT 2015: Minimum scores of 125 in each of the four sections are required. Old MCAT (written prior to April 2015): Minimum scores of 9 in each of the three sections are required. Note: The writing sample score will not be used. We do not use a total MCAT score in our assessment.
NON-ACADEMICS: How much volunteer and research experience do I need?
There is nothing that you ‘need’ in the Autobiographical Sketch. You will not be penalized for interest in the clinical side of medicine, rather than research, or vice versa. There is no required number of activities or required number of hours. Some candidates may have a large number of activities among which they share their time; others may have a few activities to which they devote a large amount of time.