Your Overview of The Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS)

Your Overview of The Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS)
Your Overview of The Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS)

Students applying to attend medical school in Ontario are required to apply through OMSAS, the centralized online application service for all six Ontario medical schools. Getting your application right is your key to entering medical school, and it’s the first step on your pathway to your new career, so it’s crucial to fill out your application correctly.

Filling in Your Personal Information

This is, without doubt, the easiest part of your application but you should still pay close attention to the information that you provide for your address. Your mailing address is the place where you usually live during the school year (September to April). Your home address can be your parent’s home, main place of residence when you’re not in school, or it can be the same as your mailing address. You must indicate which address should be used after May 1st.

Eligibility Questions

You’ll be asked several eligibility questions when you apply through OMSAS. Don’t be tempted to give any false information here. Answering yes to any of the questions won’t automatically disqualify you, but your application will be looked at more closely. Each school has their own special consideration criteria, so if you do answer yes to any other questions, take a look on their websites to find out what mitigation they find acceptable.

Choices

The service will submit your application to the schools that you select in this section. If you haven’t made your decision yet, don’t worry, you can edit this information until the submission deadline.

Your Sketch

This is the part of the application that causes most students some difficulty, and it’s a good idea to opt for an OMSAS application review to make sure that you present yourself as well as you can in this part of your application.

Your sketch gives the schools a picture of who you are and you can include up to 48 pieces of information covering your achievements and activities since the age of 16.

Each entry that you make will need to be verified so you will need to enter contact details for the relevant people. The exceptions are for any information that can be verified via your transcripts.

School Submissions

Each school has their own submission requirements which consist of supplementary questions that you’ll need to answer in detail. Don’t forget to provide answers to the questions for each of the schools on your submissions list.

Referees

Your referees are required to complete a confidential assessment form. Once you enter the details for each referee, the system will generate a unique form for you to download and send to the specified individual. It’s vital that your referees have already confirmed their willingness to act on your behalf because the information entered in this section can’t be changed later.

Your MCAT Score

Enter your AAMC ID and most recent test date. Each time that you apply to medical school you should contact AAMC and request that your scores are released to OMSAS by the deadline.

University or College Transcripts

In this section, include the details of all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, even those where you withdrew from the course. Use your transcripts to enter the requested information accurately and then double check your entries as it’s easy to make mistakes here. Copies of your transcripts need to be sent to OMSAS by the date specified on the application.

Your Ontario medical school application takes time to complete, so you should begin gathering your information and crafting your answers as early as possible. Before you submit your application, go over all your details and double check the information you’ve given to make sure that your submission isn’t rejected due to errors or omissions.

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