Frequently Asked Questions

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: Are there quotas for how many graduate applicants are accepted?

No. There are no quotas of any kind. The most competitive of all applicants are offered admission to the program, regardless of academic level.

 

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: Can I choose to be evaluated as an undergraduate?

No. If there is little material to evaluate an applicant as a graduate student, we may decide to evaluate you as an undergraduate, but you cannot choose this. It is at our discretion.

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: Can I send updates on the status of publications or an updated CV to you?

No. Only material submitted through the OMSAS application can be considered. No changes or updates will be accepted after the application deadline.

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: I won’t be finished by the June 30th deadline; can I withdraw from my graduate program if I get an offer? My supervisor says that it is okay.

No. The application would not be considered.

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: If I have completed my graduate program am I still considered a graduate applicant?

Yes. You are required to submit the additional material as part of your OMSAS application. Without this material your application will be incomplete and not be considered.

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: Is there any flexibility with the June 30 deadline to complete the requirements for the graduate degree?

No. Applicants who cannot meet this deadline will have their offer cancelled.

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: My supervisor was one of my three referees. Do they have to send an additional letter?

Yes. The graduate supervisor’s letter is evaluated differently and separately from the three letters of reference. It must only speak to your performance in the graduate program and not contain extracurricular or personal assessments. It must also state the expected date of degree completion. Without this date, the file will not be evaluated.

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: Not all of the categories on the academic CV apply to me. What should I do?

This is a generic template. Use the categories that apply to your work. Do not create new categories.

How are mastery exercises created for Foundations Curriculum courses?

Multiple choice questions (MCQs) on mastery exercises are written to assess one or more end-of-week learning objective(s). MCQs are developed by content experts who are usually directly involved in teaching. The question stems in the MCQs will include all of the information required to answer the question. There is one correct answer and three incorrect alternatives known as distractors.

Mastery exercise questions are designed to assess not just whether students can remember facts and understand concepts, but also if they can apply the content being taught to a real-life like clinical situation.

Any learning objective can serve as the basis of an assessment question on a mastery exercise, including those objectives that are covered by pre-week and self-learning.

Following each mastery exercise, and prior to approving the students’ results for publication, the course director reviews the performance statistics of each question and the mastery exercise as a whole in accordance with evidence-informed processes endorsed by the Test Committee.

Once the mastery exercise results are approved by the course director students will receive a report summarizing their performance that can be used to guide their further studying.

How do I access my written assessments?

Written assessments will be available for download in the student's Examplify account.

For more information about Examplify, refer to the MD Program assessment and evaluation technology page.

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