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 Uploaded to OMSAS

Uploaded to OMSAS

Emailed or delivered to MD/PhD Office

Uploaded to OMSAS Uploaded to OMSAS Emailed or delivered to MD/PhD Office
MD/PhD personal essay Completed on OMSAS Completed on OMSAS

Emailed or delivered to MD/PhD Office with

TOTAL COMBINED # OF REFERENCE LETTERS SUBMITTED WITH MD AND MD/PHD Applications 3 MD references and 3 MD/PhD reference letters 3 MD references and 3 MD/PhD reference letters. MD/PhD letters must include your graduate supervisor. 3 reference letter, including a reference from your graduate supervisor, if applicable

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?


  • Tip for Submitting CV: After you submit your OMSAS application, you will receive your OMSAS number. Then you can upload your academic CV directly to OMSAS via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM). The deadline for receiving the academic CV is October 6, 2020.

MD/PhD reference letters

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)

The academic CV is an important tool to evaluate your research experience and research potential. Please be as clear as possible about your specific contributions and time spent on a research project, abstract, presentation or publication.

After you submit your OMSAS application, you will receiveyou OMSAS number. Then you can upload your academic CV directly to OMSAS via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM). The deadline for receiving the academic CV is October 6, 2020.

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. 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 2021 interview dates will be announced as soon as possible. Invitations will be sent by the end of January 2021.

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

How we assess applications

Applicants to the MD/PhD Program are first reviewed by the Enrolment Services Office for the MD Program to ensure that applicants meet the MD Program admissions requirements. They are then reviewed by the Admissions Committee for the combined MD/PhD program to select applicants for interview. 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 [DATE TO BE DETERMINED for 2021].