Frequently Asked Questions
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.
INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: How does the waitlist work?
When a space in the class becomes available, we contact the next person on the waitlist with an offer of admission. We will make repeated attempts to contact applicants from the waitlist who are being offered admission - we do not skip your name simply because we got your voicemail. Since we cannot predict how many additional offers may be necessary, or when they may be needed, we maintain a portion of the waitlist until the beginning of classes. Final notification to these candidates will be sent in September.
INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: I have already heard from other Ontario medical schools regarding interviews. What takes U of T so long?
Medical schools have different assessment procedures. At U of T, the interview is the final stage of the admissions process. Applications are reviewed in detail prior to ranking for interview. Due to the volume of applications, the process of careful review and scheduling means you may hear from us later than from other schools.
INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: What if I can’t come on the interview date you offer?
Attendance at an interview is mandatory. We will make a reasonable effort to accommodate students who must travel a long distance, who have conflicting interviews or compelling personal circumstances. Due to the limited availability of interview times, such accommodation is not always possible.
INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: What if my interview invitation gets lost?
Invitations are sent by e-mail to the address you provide in your OMSAS application. All applicants who are offered an interview must reply by a given date. If you are invited for interview and we do not hear from you, we will try to contact you by telephone and/or e-mail. Failure to respond to the invitation may result in the cancellation of your application. Please ensure that you keep your contact information up-to-date with OMSAS. We receive these updates on a regular basis.