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medical schools in canada usa uwo pre medical society nov 30 2009

Medical Schools in Canada & USA UWO Pre-Medical SocietyNov 30, 2009

Academic Information Session #2 Sung Ho Um

objectives
Objectives
  • Outline schools in Canada and the States
  • Academic + non-Academic requirements
  • Pre-interview and Post-interview formulas
  • Admission Statistics (ex. GPA + MCAT averages)
  • USA schools in general
before moving on
Before moving on…
  • Note: some information are from unofficial sources such as online forums and/or blogs (ie. Premed101).
    • I will denote such information with a (*)
  • All schools reserve majority of the seats for the applicants from their province or state.
  • Some schools use “credit hour” system for counting courses. 6 credit hour = 1 credit at Western
  • If I did not mention prerequisites for a school, either no prerequisites or very standard courses. (ie. Biology, O chem)
western canada
Western Canada
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Manitoba
university of british columbia
University of British Columbia
  • Apply through Online Application System at www.med.ubc.ca
  • 3 years of undergrad required
  • Minimum overall average is 70% but < 80% for OOP is not competitive
  • Most recent 60 credit hours and prerequisite averages are also evaluated
  • Pre-interview: 50% (overall + recent 60 credit hours avg) + 50% non-academic. (MCAT + prereqavg are not evaluated at this stage.)
  • Prerequisites: 1 credit of English, Biology, G Chem, O Chem and Biochemistry
  • Post-interview: Full file review.
  • Interview format: Multiple Mini-interview (MMI)
university of british columbia1
University of British Columbia
  • Class of 2013 stats:
    • Mean overall average: 84.06%
    • Mean last 60 credits: 86.25%
      • 60 credit hours = 10 credits at Western (ie. 2 years)
    • Mean Prerequisites: 81.86%
    • Mean MCAT:
      • VR: 9.68
      • PS: 10.71
      • WS: Q
      • BS: 11.42
    • 12/256 OOP
university of alberta
University of Alberta
  • Apply at www.registrar.ualberta.ca
  • 2 years of undergrad required
  • Minimum 3.5 for 4th years and 3.7 for 2nd or 3rd years
  • Minimum MCAT: >7 in each section
  • Pre-interview: GPA (no summer but prerequisites are included)
  • Post-interview: 30% GPA + 20% MCAT + 20% Sketch + 25% interview + 5% Reference
  • 15% seats for OOP
  • Prerequisites: 1 credit of English, Physics, Biology, O chem, G chem, ½ credit of stats and Biochem.
  • If in 4th year or more, lowest year is dropped.
  • Official GPA scale is unknown (*Similar to Calgary or OMSAS?)
university of alberta1
University of Alberta
  • Interview format: MMI
  • Class of 2013 stats:
    • Mean GPA: 3.80 (4th year), 3.95 (2nd+3rd years)
    • Mean MCAT: 32.13Q (4th year), 35.16R (2nd+3rd years)
university of calgary
University of Calgary
  • Apply at https://ucan.ucalgary.ca/
  • 2 years of undergrad required
  • Best 2 years for GPA for the initial file review
  • Minimum 3.6 GPA for OOP
  • Initial rank with the “Academic score” (top 250 OOP move on)
    • 62.517(GPA) + 12.122(MCAT,VR) + 6.757(MCAT,BS)
  • Pre-interview: 50% Academic (entire undergrad record) + 25% Sketch + 15% MCAT + 10% Reference
  • Post-interview: 40% Pre-interview + 50% MMI Verbal + 10% MMI Written
  • No prerequisite courses
  • GPA scale and Admission stats can be found on their App. Manual http://www.ucalgary.ca/mdprogram/prospective/admissions
university of saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan
  • Apply at http://www.medicine.usask.ca/education/admissions/application-form
  • 2 years of undergrad required
  • Best 2 year average. (No summer/part-time)
  • Minimum of 80% for OOP, cutoff for interview has been > 90% in recent years. (92.4% in 2009)
  • For OOP, No prerequisites + MCAT minimum 26N (> 8)
  • Pre-interview: 100% 2 year average (OOP)
  • Post-interview: 100% Interview (OOP)
  • Interview format: MMI
  • Up to 8 spots (10%) for OOP
university of manitoba
University of Manitoba
  • Apply at http://www.umanitoba.ca/student/admissions/application/deadlines/medicine/
  • Complete Bachelor’s by the end of application year.
  • Prerequisites: 1 credit of Biochemistry, 2 credits of humanities/social sci if 4-year Honours (if not, 3 credits).
  • MCAT: min. 7 or M in each section. (WS: T=14, M=7)
  • Operative MCAT score = .3(VR) + .2(PS) + .3(BS) + .2(WS)
  • Pre-interview: GPA + MCAT
  • Post-interview: 15% GPA + 40% MCAT + 45% non-academic
  • 4.5 GPA scale (successful applicants with > 4.0)
  • All undergrad courses are taken into account with the lowest credits being dropped.
university of manitoba1
University of Manitoba

Note: 1.0 credit of Biochemistry cannot be dropped

OOP offered admission:

Mean GPA = 4.23

Mean operative MCAT score = 12.14

OOP accepted offer:

Mean GPA = 4.04

Mean operative MCAT score = 11.72

eastern canada
Eastern Canada
  • OMSAS
    • University of Western Ontario
    • University of Toronto
    • Queen’s University
    • McMaster University
    • University of Ottawa
    • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • McGill University
  • \\ University of Montreal
  • \\ University of Sherbrooke
  • \\ Laval University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Memorial University

\\: Francophone schools  not covered in this presentation

university of western ontario
University of Western Ontario
  • 4 year undergrad (Honours) required
  • No prerequisites
  • Best 2 full-time year(each year must be >3.75)
  • 1 of the years must be an upper year and have >60% courses correlating to the year of your study.
  • MCAT cutoff:
    • non-SWOMEN: VR:10, PS: 9, BS: 11, WS: Q
    • SWOMEN: 8,8,8, O (total >30)
university of western ontario1
University of Western Ontario
  • Pre-interview: meet the GPA + MCAT cutoffs
  • Post-interview: 50% interview + 25% GPA + 25% MCAT
  • SWOMEN bonus post-interview(?) *
    • In 2008, they interviewed 89 SWOMEN, 69 offered admission, 40% class were SWOMEN. (Dean’s report)
  • Interview format: traditional (1 faculty, 1 senior med student, 1 community member)
university of toronto
University of Toronto
  • 3 years of undergrad required
  • Prerequitsites:1 credit of social sci/humanities; 2 credit of life sciences
  • Min. GPA 3.6/4.0
  • Drops lowest 3 credits if in 4th year
    • Must have carried 5 credits every year to be eligible
  • No summer courses are included
  • Min. MCAT: 9,9,9, N.
    • one score below in one section is still eligible for file review. (“flagged”)
university of toronto1
University of Toronto
  • Pre-interview: 40% non-academic (statement, sketch, reference) + 60% academic
  • Post-interview: 60% non-academic (statement, sketch, reference, interview) + 40% academic
  • Academic score includes GPA, academic rigour and coherence
  • Interview format: traditional (1 faculty, 1 med student)
  • Average accepted GPA: 3.89
queen s university
Queen’s University
  • 3 years of undergrad required
  • Prerequitsites: 1 credit of Biology, Physics, Humanities or Social Sci
  • cGPA of all courses (cutoff: 3.68*)
  • If cGPA does not make cut, recent 2 full-time years (cutoff: 3.78*)
  • MCAT cutoff varies every year.
    • Last year: PS: 9, VR:10, BS:9, WS: Q, Overall: 31 *
    • 2 years ago: 9/9/9 R (overall: 30) *
  • Interview invite once you meet the cutoffs
  • Post-interview: 100% interview
  • Interview format: traditional (1 faculty, 1 med student, 1 community)
mcmaster university
McMaster University
  • 3 years of undergrad required
  • 3 year medical program
  • No prerequisites
  • Min. GPA 3.0; min. MCAT 6 VR
  • Pre-interview: 32% cGPA + 32% MCAT VR + 32% Autobiographical submission + 4% Graduate degree (1% for Masters, 4% phD)
  • Post-interview: 70% MMI + 15% cGPA + 15% MCAT VR
  • Interview format: MMI
  • Class of 2012: mean GPA = 3.89
  • Mean GPA projected to decrease due to the introduction of VR *
  • Number of applicants decreased by ~1000 this year (20%).
university of ottawa
University of Ottawa
  • 3 years of undergrad required
  • MCAT is not required
  • Prerequisites: 1 credit of Biology, Humanities or Social sci, and 2 credit from G Chem, O Chem or Biochem
  • The years with 4 credits or more count towards your wGPA (no summers/part time).
  • wGPA = (1 x 1st year + 2 x 2nd year + 3 x 3rd year) / 6
  • Cutoff determined by the application pool
university of ottawa1
University of Ottawa
  • Different cutoffs for different categories:
    • Applicants to the French program

(OOP and IP (Ontario/Quebec) separate pool)

    • Canadian Forces
    • Aboriginals
    • Champlain district
    • Ottawa-region residents
    • Ontario
    • OOP
  • wGPA cutoff for “Ontario” category was ~3.85* last year
  • Pre-interview: 1st cut: wGPA then 2nd cut: Sketch
  • Post-interview: Interview + wGPA
northern ontario school of medicine
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • 4 year undergrad degree required
  • Joint program of Lakehead and Laurentian Universities
  • No Prerequisites, No MCAT
  • Min. 3.0 GPA (includes all undergrad courses)
  • Program mandate:
    • “Applicants from within Northern Ontario, rural and remote areas in the rest of Canada, and Aboriginal and Francophone applicants will have an advantage in the admissions process.”
  • Pre-interview: GPA + application score
  • Post-interivew: Pre-interivew + interview score
  • 2009 accepted mean GPA = 3.66
  • Everyone accepted are from Northern Ontario or rural areas of Ontario since the program started (2005).
mcgill university
McGill University
  • Apply at http://www.mcgill.ca/medicine/admissions/applying/online/
  • 4 year undergrad required
  • 8/173 positions for OOP
  • Min. GPA 3.5 is recommended (all undergrad courses)
  • Min. MCAT 30 is recommended (BS,PS > 9, VS > 8)
    • write the MCAT no more than 3 times to be competitive
    • WS is still reviewed but no specific cut
  • Prerequisites: 1 credit of bio, chem, physics, 0.5 credit of O chem
  • Pre-interview formula?? (full file review but unknown breakdown)
  • * Post-interview: 20% GPA + 20% MCAT + 20% Autobio/CV + 40% Interview
  • Interview format: MMI
mcgill university1
McGill University

Average admitted GPA = 3.83

2/3 of the students range 3.67-3.98

Average MCAT = 33Q

12BS, 11PS, 10VR

dalhousie university
Dalhousie University
  • Apply at http://admissions.medicine.dal.ca/
  • 4 year undergrad required
  • 9/90 OOP spots
  • Min. GPA for OOP is 3.7 in each of last two full time years
  • Min. MCAT for OOP is 30 with >10, one 9 is allowed
  • OMSAS GPA scale is used
  • Pre-interview: full file review
  • Interview format: MMI
  • *Post-interview: 15% GPA + 10% MCAT + 5% discretionary points (grad degree, high WS score >R)+ 40% interview + 10% personal statement + 20% sketch (5% each: Interests; medically related experience; volunteer work; jobs)
  • MCAT average score = 30 (range 24 – 40)
  • GPA average score = 3.8 (range 3.3-4.0)
memorial university
Memorial University
  • Apply at https://www.med.mun.ca/admissionline/
  • 4 year undergrad required
  • Prerequisite: 1 credit of English
  • 4/64 seats of OOP
  • All undergrad courses are included for GPA. (GPA scale??)
  • No specific MCAT or GPA cut, depends on the application pool.
  • Average accepted MCAT: 10 in each section and Q
  • Average GPA: 3.7
  • Pre-interview + post-interview: full file review
usa schools that accept canadians
USA Schools that accept Canadians *

Albany

Albert Einstein

Baylor

Boston

Brown

Case Western

Columbia

Cornell

Dartmouth

Duke University

Einstein

Emory

EVMS

Georgetown

George Washington

Harvard

Hawaii

Jefferson

John Hopkins

Kentucky

Loma Linda

Maryland

Mayo Medical School

Meharry

Medical College of Wisconsin

Michigan State University

Minnesota

Mt. Sinai

Northwestern

NYMC

NYU

U of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Penn State

Rosalind Franklin University

Saint Louis University

Stanford

Stonybrook

SUNY Upstate

Tufts

Tulane

UCLA

UCSF

University of Connecticut

University of Chicago

University of Pennsylvania

UT Southwestern (TMDSAS)

UT Medical Branch Galveston (TMDSAS)

Vanderbilt

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wake Forest

Washington University (St. Louis)

Wayne State

Yale University

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Green: Financial aid and/or scholarship offered to Canadians

Red: undergrad in USA is required

usa medical schools
USA Medical Schools
  • AMCAS: 130 schools, TMDSAS: 8 schools
  • For the most accurate/official information, purchase MSAR book at AMCAS.
  • MCAT is very important; GPA not so much.
  • Common Prerequisites: Biochem (w/ lab), English, Calc, Bio, O Chem, Phys (w/ lab), Math
  • At majority of the top-mid tier schools, >90% accepted applicants had research experience, >80% medically-related work, >70% community service/volunteer.
  • Apply EARLY. Applications are reviewed as they come in.
  • Expect interview dates earlier than Canadian schools.
usa medical schools1
USA Medical Schools
  • GPA scale for Western:
  • MSAR 09-10 stats:
  • Median oGPA (includes all undergrad courses) for top tiers are 3.8-3.9, mid tier 3.7-3.8
  • Median MCAT for top tier are 36Q/R, mid tier 33P/Q
  • Class size typically <200, matriculated international <10
summary
Summary
  • There is a broad range of application processing methods in Canada – there is a school for every type of candidates.
  • Consider options in the States. With a strong MCAT, opportunities are there. (GPA scale for Western is very favourable.)
  • Plan early to meet prerequisites and keep as many doors open as possible.
  • Do some research on your own as well! Find your fit.
thank you
Thank you
  • Questions?
  • Email me at sum2@uwo.ca with any questions.