Canadian medical schools are in high demand and competition to be accepted is stiff. There are many more hopeful applicants than there are positions. This makes it vital to have a great application, which should include (but may not be limited to):
- High School Diploma
- Relevant extracurricular activities in high school and/or first four years of college
- Good grades in pre-med
- A good score on the MCAT
- Fully filled out application, turned in before the deadline date
What Does Medical School Look Like in Canada?
A typical medical school program lasts between three to five years, depending upon both the University and the background (or pre-education) of the student. In five year programs, the first year is dedicated towards prepping students who do not have a background in science. To enter the four year Canadian medical program a student must hold at least a bachelor degree in Biology or another appropriate scientific field.
What is the MCAT?
The MCAT is required to enter medical school in not only Canada, but also the United States. If an applicant fails their MCAT examination they will not be allowed to enter graduate schooling.
The Medical College Admission Test is a standardized, multi-choice exam which was designed to asses the critical thinking, problem solving, and writing skills of an applicant, in addition to their knowledge of science principles and concepts.
There are four sections of the test. These include Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Writing Sample.
Low Tuition Universities for Canadian Medical Students
With only 15 percent of all applicants receiving spots in Canadian medical schools, it can be hard simply to find a spot. Those who are lucky enough to be admitted into a medical university are lucky, but sometimes financial restraints can stand in the way.
The good news is that there are a number of different universities which offer low cost tuition in comparison to their counterparts. The following is a list of those schools, which are both in English and French.
- Cumming School of Medicine
- Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
- Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine
- McMaster University Medical School
- McGill University Faculty of Medicine
- Northern Ontario School of Medicine
- Queen’s School of Medicine
- Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
- University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
- Univeristy of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
- University of Manitoba College of Medicine
- Univesity of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
- University of Toronto Faculty of medicine
- Universite Laval Faculte de Medecine
- Universite de Montreal Faculte de Medecine
- Universite de Sherbrooke Faculte de Medecine et des sciences de la sante
If you are not lucky enough to be one of the 15 percent admitted to Canadian medical schools, there are other options available. The first, of course, is to take a year off and try again the following year. Many students, however, do not want to wait.
If this is the case, there are foreign study programs available in a multitude of overseas countries, as well as the United States. A large number of Canadian medical school students choose to do their graduate programs in other countries before returning to complete their residencies in Canada.