Non-Academic Requirements

University Of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa offers a 4-year degree program that accepts 160 students every year. It is a bilingual medical school in Ottawa admitting French and English-speaking students. Exams at the medical school are written in both languages.

The university has evolved over the years and introduces a more global teaching system whereby students take a single cumulative exam per semester and the classes are complete by 12 noon to allow them to take up elective experiences and self-learning modules outside of class.

To be admitted to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, you must have completed the online CASPer test. The test can be completed in the language of instruction selected when submitting their application to the doctor of medicine program. If the test is not completed in the language chosen, the application will be disqualified.

Admissions for First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Candidates

OMSAS Application

The university currently admits 7 candidates from First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis peoples. These candidates must have met all the eligibility requirements to be considered for admission. Successful applicants can qualify for bursaries and other forms of financial assistance. However, the applicant is required to provide proof of identity as a First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Candidate by submitting the following:

  • Proof of aboriginal ancestry
  • A letter that declares aboriginal ancestry and provides further information
  • A letter of recommendation from the First Nations, Band Council, Tribal Council, Treaty or community affiliation.

Students can also apply through the CNFS program which allows people from the Francophone minority in Canada to join the University of Ottawa school of medicine so long as they meet all the necessary requirements. Students who apply through the CNFS program will be subjected to the same application process, institutional fees, method of payment and selection criteria as any other University of Ottawa medical school application.

The Selection Criteria

Avoid Incomplete Applications

university of Ottawa OMSAS Medical School Application

5 factors will be considered by assessors when selecting candidates to join University of Ottawa. They include:

  • The eligibility requirements
  • Academic requirements
  • CASPer test results
  • Sketch review
  • The interview

The school doesn’t give any preference to the discipline or field of study taken by the applicant at a recognized university so long as all the eligibility requirements are met. Other factors such as the applicant’s age, gender, religion and socio-economic status do not determine whether a candidate will be selected. The University will also give preference, with all other factors being held equal, to those candidates who are proficient in both official languages of the school. Do not send any letters to the school detailing any special or unusual circumstances since they will not be considered during the selection process.

Ensure that your University of Ottawa OMSAS application contains all the materials and required documentation before submitting it. All transcripts must be received by OMSAS before the stated deadline. This gives OMSAS sufficient time to review the file and release a verification report so that any errors or omissions are addressed in good time. Should you submit any false, misleading or fraudulent information, you may never be able to apply to the MD program again.

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