Over the past year and a bit, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the medical school admissions process. As you can imagine, a lot of students have the same questions. I figured it would make a lot more sense to just compile these common questions and my answers for everyone to see. Overtime, as we get more questions and write more answers, we will keep adding to the list. Enjoy!
Could you give a general timeline of how the med admissions process went for you?
It’s a pretty basic process, but keep in mind that this won’t be the same for everyone, and there’s no “correct” way.
Summer after 1st year – took MCAT prep course during May to July, then MCAT in August
August to Sept of 3rd year – apply to Ontario medical schools through OMSAS (Google this if you want to learn more, this is the online application service)
January to February of 3rd year – hear back about possible interviews (and rejections)
Late Feb. to Early April of 3rd year – interviews
May 15 of 3rd year – first round offers from medical schools (as well as waitlist and rejections)
What courses would best prepare me for medical school?
The best courses to prepare someone for medical school are anatomy and physiology (and maybe a few other ones, like immunology, genetics, biochemistry, etc.). That being said, these are NOT prerequisite courses for med school. I’m just saying that these types of courses are most relevant to the type of information covered in medical school.