Future Applicants
 

High School Students

  • This brochure will add some additional information that will help you decide on whether a career in medicine might be right for you and provide information on how you can achieve this goal.
  • If you are already thinking seriously of medicine or even want to keep this as an option in the future, you need to start acting now!
  • You will need the ‘basic science’ courses (Chemistry 40S and Biology 40S or 40G) as prerequisites for university studies.  Many students also take Physics 40S in preparation for the MCAT. In addition you will need Math (pre-calculus or applied) 40S and definitely need English 40S or French 40S.
  • Take advantage of opportunities for enrichment, such as International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, exchanges, and special interest clubs.
  • A well-rounded education, including classes in the humanities (history, drama, religion, etc.) is just as appropriate as one that focuses solely on science, computers and math.
  • Do well in school! We don’t look at your high school marks but the competition for a position in medical school is tough. Use your time in high school to develop good study habits, manage your time effectively and learn about the world around you.
  • Volunteer and work experience, hobbies and sports are important as these opportunites will help you to find out about:                 
    • science (laboratories, technical work)
    • health care (hospitals, nursing homes and clinics)
    • people skills (youth and community organizations)
    • leadership and teambuilding skills (athletics, student government)
    • people (multicultural organizations, food banks, peer counseling)
  • Your guidance counselors and science teachers can help you find information on medical careers and medical education. They may be able to link you up with a mentor or find other opportunities for you to meet medical practitioners. Ask them about Discovery Days at the University of Manitoba, a full day of practical workshops and career panel discussions.
  • The Office of Rural and Northern Health (ORNH) has been established in part to help rural and northern Manitobans become doctors. They may be able to put you in touch with medical students and professionals who can share their experience and knowledge. The ORNH has also developed a number of other programs which may be useful to students interested in rural or northern medicine throughout their efforts to become doctors.

International Students

International Policy for the MD Program states:  The University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine restricts enrolment in the MD Program to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada.  No applications are accepted from international students.

Transfer Policy

The University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine has a Transfer Policy which is guided by several criteria.

Eligibility Requirements To Apply

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada at the time of application.
  • Must have or be eligible to receive a Bachelor's degree by June 30 (in the year you would begin medical school) from a university recognized by the University of Manitoba.
  • Must have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours in Biochemistry at the university level with a minimum grade of C no later than June 30 (in the year you would begin medical school). 
  • Applicants with a BSc (general) or BA (general) must complete 18 credit hours in humanities/social sciences.  Applicants who complete a 4 Year Major or Honours program may waive up to 12 credit hours of the humanities/social sciences pre-requisite.  Courses must be complete and a grade assigned no later than June 30 (in the year you would begin medical school).  Acceptable subject fields can be found at the following link:  http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/student/requirements.html
  • Must have written the MCAT exam no earlier than April 2011 and no later than September 12, 2014.  Minimum score of 7 on each of the sub-test sections must be achieved, in a single session.
  • Must have a minimum Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 3.30 on all undergraduate coursework completed at the time of application.

NOTE:  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview as the applicant pool varies from year to year.  Only those applicants whose pre-interview score is deemed to be competitive will be invited for interview.  Exceptions only apply to applicants in the Aboriginal applicant pool.

Postgraduate (Clinical Residency) Program (PGME)

http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/education/postgrad.html 

International Medical Graduates Program (IMG)

A one year training program that assists foreign trained physicians.

http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/education/imgp/

Program Streams and Applicant Pools

1.  Manitoba Applicant Pool -- The Admissions Committee gives priority to residents of Manitoba who are Canadian citizens or Permanent residents regardless of where they completed their premedical studies.  The Admissions Committee defines Manitoba applicants as those who:  a) have graduated from a high school in Manitoba; OR b) have been a resident in the Province of Manitoba for a minimum of two (2) years at the time of application; OR c) have a recognized degree from a university in Manitoba; OR d) have completed a minimum of two consecutive years of full-time academic studies in a recognized program at a university in Manitoba, while physically residing in Manitoba.

Applicants who have provided a minimum of two years of full-time service in the Canadian Forces at the time of application are included in the Manitoba applicant pool regardless of their residency at the time of application.

2.  Out-of-Province Applicant Pool-- The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applicants from all provinces and territories.  For the 2014-2015 application cycle, approximately 5% of the class will be selected from this pool (pending Senate approval).  The Admissions Committee defines Out-of-Province as those who:  are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada but are not a permanent resident of Manitoba.

3.  Aboriginal Applicant Pool-- Applicants from all provinces and territories in Canada are encouraged to declare their First Nations, Metis or Inuit Heritage.  Applicants will be required to submit documentation to support their declaration of Aboriginal ancestry at the time of application.  One of the following will be accepted:  a certified copy of a Status or Treaty card; a certified copy of a Metis membership card; a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities.

4.  Bilingual (French/English) Stream-- The Faculty of Medicine has established a Bilingual (French and English) stream, coincident with the expansion of existing undergraduate bilingual programs that currently exist in partnership with the University of Ottawa, L'Universite de Sherbrooke, and the existing bilingual Family Medicine Postgraduate Stream.  To determine eligibility to apply to this stream, please refer to the current Applicant Information Bulletin.

5.  MD/PhD Program Stream-- The Faculty of Medicine is committed to strengthening and expanding the existing MD/PhD Program to recruit and retain students with academic excellence, evidence of sustained and productive research experience, and strong potential to become a physician scientist.  To determine eligibility to apply to this program stream, please refer to the current Applicant Information Bulletin.

Scoring and Ranking

A) Selection of Applicants for Interview

  • All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements (as per the Applicant Information Bulletin) are ranked by calculating a composite score in the following way:
(27.3%AGPA + 72.7%MCAT) X (rurality co-efficient if >0) X (academic co-efficient if >0)
  • Only those applicants whose pre-interview score is deemed to be competitive will be invited for interview.  Exceptions only apply to applicants in the Aboriginal applicant pool.
  • Applicants to the MD/PhD Program are reviewed by the MD/PhD Program Admissions Committee and by the Admissions Committee for the MD Program.  Applicants who are highly ranked by the MD/PhD Program Admissions Committee and who are also ranked for interview by the Admissions Committee for the MD Program will be invited for an interview by both programs.

B) Ranking of Applicants for Offers of Admission

All applicants who were selected for interview and participated in the interview process are ranked by the Admissions Committee.

  • Applicants to the Manitoba and Out-of-Province applicant pools are ranked by calculating a composite score in the following way:

          (15%AGPA + 40%MCAT + 45%MMI) X (rurality co-efficient if >0) X (academic co-efficient if >0)

  • Offes of admission will be extended to applicants who are recommended to the Admissions Committee by the Aboriginal Panel.  The Admissions Committee reserves the right to transfer an applicant into the General MD Program Stream (Manitoba or Out-of-Province Applicant Pool), based on residency status, should this prove advantageous to the applicant.
An applicant must be accepted by the MD Program, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the MD/PhD Program in order to receive an offer of admission to the MD/PhD Program Stream.

Selection

 Step 1  October to December  First review of applications; ensure all documentation received and minimum eligibility requirements met (AGPA, MCAT, rurality index, academic index, etc. calculated to determine pre-interview score,)
 Step 2  January  Invitations for interview are sent via email; letters sent via email to applicants not being offered an interview
 Step 3  Late February to Early March  Interviews take place
 Step 4  March to April  Applications of those interviewed are reviewed a second time and re-scored
 Step 5  May to June  Offers of admission are sent via email to successful applicants and waiting list created

AGPA Considerations

  • Although meeting the minimum requirement makes you eligible for consideration, it is important to be competitive within the applicant pool for that year.
  • Each application cycle is different and the applicant pool varies from year to year.  The same score on an application from year to year may result in a different outcome based on the applicant pool.
  • Final year courses that are in progress at the time of application are NOT included in your AGPA calculation (i.e. we calculate AGPA for all undergraduate courses completed as of the published deadline date for applications).
  • If you are invited for an interview and you have submitted your final transcript by the June deadline, your final year courses will be used to calculate your AGPA in May/June.

MCAT Considerations

  • Although meeting the minimum requirement makes you eligible for consideration, it is important to be competitive within the applicant pool for that year.
  • You must meet the minimum requirement of a score of 7 in each section of the MCAT.  There are no exceptions to this.
  • You must release your score to the University of Manitoba in order for the score to be used towards your application.  If you fail to release the score to the University, the score will not be used.

Essential Skills and Abilities (Technical Standards) For Admission, Promotion and Graduation in MD Program

  • All applicants to the undergraduate program of the Faculty of Medicine are expected to review this document to assess their ability to meet these standards; all applicants offered admission will be required to acknowledge such review and assessment.

Accommodation For Undergraduate Medical Students With Disabilities

  • Within the Faculty of Medicine, each student with a disability is entitled to reasonable accommodation that will assist her or him to meet the academic as well as the technical standards.
  • Please review this document.