Frequently Asked Questions

PREREQUISITES: Can I check if my courses are acceptable as prerequisites?

If you are not sure whether the course fits the definition given here, you may e-mail us with the course description. It is not necessary to verify Biology, Anatomy or other medical sciences courses, even if they are taken under the auspices of Nursing or Kinesiology.

PREREQUISITES: Can I complete prerequisites in the year of application?

Yes, but registration in the course must be shown on the transcript submitted to OMSAS.

PREREQUISITES: I am in my third year and need to take a prerequisite course that is only offered as a first-year course, is that acceptable?

You are expected to take some courses that correspond with your year of study in your program.  If you are applying during your third year of study, at least three courses should be at the third year or higher level.  If you are applying during your fourth year of study, at least three courses should be at the third or fourth year level. You are not expected to have a large number of lower year courses when you reach the upper years, however, it is understood that courses outside you major area of study may need to be taken at an introductory level.

PREREQUISITES: Should I pick the courses where I got high marks as prerequisites?

Marks from prerequisite courses are not treated differently; the most important thing is that you select courses that meet the prerequisite requirements.

PREREQUISITES: Where does Psychology fit?

All Psychology courses taken at U of T are taught as life sciences; however, some universities classify Psychology as a social science. You must check with the university you attended. We will accept their evaluation. If your university cannot provide the designation of their Psychology course, please send us the course description from your course calendar.

PREREQUISITES: Why should I take Statistics or writing courses if they are only recommendations, and not requirements?

It is our experience that students who have some knowledge of statistics find it helpful in the MD Program. You should also be aware that application to the MD Program involves strong expository writing and comprehension skills. Expository writing involves a discourse or critical evaluation, conveying information or ideas and explaining or expanding on their meaning.

Will the University of Toronto continue to admit students to the MD/PhD Program after the CIHR cuts?

Absolutely. On June 18, 2015, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced it was ceasing funding to MD/PhD programs in Canada after the current (2015-16) academic year. The University of Toronto remains committed to this important program, which has trained generations of leaders in the field of medical research.

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