Admissions

The University of Toronto’s MD Program selects candidates who demonstrate the potential to become Canada’s future health care leaders.

We are looking for students from diverse backgrounds. It doesn’t matter what subject you studied at university or the level of your degree studies, you are encouraged to apply. We treat all university programs equally in the evaluation process and there are no quotas or age limits. We are looking for candidates with strong backgrounds in social sciences, humanities, physical sciences and life sciences. You should also demonstrate excellence in non-academic areas, such as community involvement, reliability, responsibility, perseverance, creativity and leadership.

Detailed and up-to-date information regarding admission to the MD Program is available on the Admissions section of the MD Program website.

Requirements for Admission

Detailed information on our requirements is available through the following pages:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The MD Program at the University of Toronto does not accept or provide advanced standing to applicants who are current undergraduate medical students in other medical schools, or who have completed one or more years of undergraduate medical education at another medical school.  Transfers are not allowed.

The University of Toronto abides by the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine policy Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Entry to a Medical Degree Program.  This policy details the various technical standards, skills and abilities necessary for MD degree candidates to succeed in postgraduate medical training and independent practice in Canada.

Application Process

An overview of the application process is available at http://applymd.utoronto.ca/  Details about the steps involved in the application process are available on the following pages:

Indigenous applicants

Recognizing the commitment to social responsibility in the Faculty's mission, the MD Program implemented the Indigenous Student Application Program  (ISAP) to increase the number of Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) medical students at the University of Toronto (U of T). Members of the Indigenous community take part in admission file review and interview processes, including faculty, physicians, residents, medical students and members of the public, with the hope of creating an inclusive and safe admissions environment for our applicants.

Black applicants

The Black Student Application Program (BSAP) is an optional application stream for Black applicants who self-identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American, multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry, etc. The aim of this application program is to increase and support Black medical student representation at the University of Toronto. Through BSAP we hope to break down some of the barriers that might impede black students from applying and nurture an inclusive environment that is welcoming to all.

International applicants

International applicants will be considered for one of our supernumerary, non-funded seats.  Applicants applying through the International stream will be subject to the same minimum academic and non-academic requirements as domestic applicants, and must submit admissions materials as per the core MD admissions process.  Further information can be found on the international and US applicants webpage.

Student Representation on the MD Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee for the MD Program is chaired by the Director, MD Admissions and Student Finances, and is accountable to Faculty Council.  The Committee is responsible for approving decisions throughout the admissions process, for ongoing evaluation of admissions policies and procedures, and for ensuring that the entire admissions process reflects the Faculty's academic plan, missions and goals. The Committee holds final authority for all decisions concerning offers of admission to or notices of rejection from the MD Program.

The student voice is an important component of the admissions process.  Each year, two current MD students are appointed to sit on the Admissions Committee upon nomination by the Medical Student Society.  Interested students are encouraged to speak to the MedSoc Executive or their class presidents for more information.