Northern Ontario School of Medicine

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Thunder Bay Campus phone: (807) 766-7300
Sudbury Campus phone: (705) 675-4883
Toll Free from anywhere in Canada phone: 1-800-461-8777
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario

Program Information

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • 4 years in length

Application Information

Statistics Class of 2016

  • 2,153 applications were received.
  • 308 applicants were interviewed.
  • 64 applicants admitted
  • Average GPA was 3.80 (on a 4.0 scale)

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General Notes

  • Joint initiative of Laurentian University in Sudbury and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay
  • Northern Ontario community centered case based learning
  • Research opportunities targeted toward Northern Ontario demographics.
  • Primary language of communication is English, but opportunities for Francophones are available
  • Interested in students from or those who wish to pursue careers in Northern Ontario
  • Committed to involving Northerners in the education process so that by the time the MD program is completed, the average NOSM student will have spent about 40% of his or her time in Aboriginal, small rural and larger urban Northern Ontario communities

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Eligibility Criteria

  • A four-year undergraduate degree *
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) status
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.00 on the 4.00 scale

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Academic Requirements

  • A 4-year undergraduate degree
    • Mature applicants (25 years or older by application deadline) may apply with a 3-year degree
  • No required prerequisites
    • Recommended that Science majors complete 2 full course equivalents in arts, social sciences and/or humanities
    • Recommended that Arts majors compete 2 full course equivalents in the sciences
  • Minimum of 3.00 out of 4.00 GPA

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  • Not required

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Non-Academic Considerations

  • NOSM will consider applicants who are interested in fulfilling their mandate. Criteria include:
    • Growing up in a community in Northern Ontario
    • Demonstrated interest in living and working in Northern Ontario
    • Demonstrated interest in working with underserviced populations (no matter where they are)
    • Ability to identify community needs and willingness to play a part in filling these needs
    • Cross-cultural experiences
    • Volunteer work
    • Extra-curricular activities
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Supporting Documents

  • Transcript
  • Admissions Questionnaire
  • Autobiographical sketch: list activities since the age of 16
    • Note: must provide a verifier for each of the activities mentioned in the admissions questionnaire and the autobiographical sketch.
  • 3 References

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Timeline 2013-2014

  • Mid July 2016: OMSAS application available
  • September 15, 2016 (4:30 p.m. ET): Deadline to register for/create an account for the COMPASS.OMSAS online application.
  • October 1, 2016 (4:30 p.m. ET): Final deadline to submit applications. There are no exceptions.
  • October 2016 to January 2017: Application Screening
  • Late January 2017: Invitations sent to interviewees & Notices sent to unsuccessful candidates
  • March 2017: Interviews in Sudbury and Thunder Bay
  • May 10, 2017: Offers of Admission sent out.

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  • Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format
  • Offers to interview are expected to go out toward the end of January 2017.
  • Interviews for NOSM 2017 will take place:
    • March 25th and 26th,2017 in Thunder Bay
    • April 1st and 2nd, 2017 in Sudbury

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  • Tuition fees for First Year Medical 2016 - $23,432.00
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