Canadian medical schools are among the most prestigious and competitive in the world, with thousands of applicants each year. Although it is difficult, please note that it is not impossible, and since it is not impossible, you can do it because you are extraordinary. If you are an international student hoping to study medicine in Canada, these few tips will be really helpful in your application and admission processing.
Choose Medical School
The first thing you need to do when applying to medical school is choose the right school for you in terms of academic achievements, affordability, and the percentage of international students that are admitted there.
If you find the right school for you, it is also wise that you apply for as many as you can in order to raise your chances.
All international students hoping to study in Canada need to:
- Fill in and complete the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMCAS).
- Take and pass a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
- Show Off Your Visa/Citizenship Status
- Take and pass a language proficiency test through the TOEFL Exams.
- Have studied a science course in any Canadian accredited
- Pay an application fee.
- Check other school requirements (they slightly vary for every school).
Send In Documents
After checking your desired school’s requirements, when the application window is opened, you are expected to submit all the required documents stated by the medical school, which may include:
- MCAT Results
- Transcripts from previous schools
- a duplicate of your TOEFL exams.
- Proof of Citizenship or Immigration
- A copy of your OMAS application
- application fee receipt.
- Proof of Finances (Prove that you will be able to pay for the entire period of medical treatment, either on your own or with the help of your parents/sponsorship). Although it is not required in all medical schools as some medical schools provide institutional scholarships and loans to international students.
Compose an Essay
Here you are given an opportunity to express yourself and show the institution your reasons for wanting to be part of them . Make sure you make a compelling case as to why you need to attend that medical school in Canada rather than in your home country. Emphasis on how studying in Canada will best shape you for the future and, if you plan on working in Canada, you can also include how you would love to contribute to the Canadian health sector. Even if you don’t plan on staying in Canada, you’ll need to explain how attending a Canadian medical school is important to your plan to help the health sector in your home country.
Your application and required documents need to be submitted on time and also ensure that you get a high score on every test and assessment required as you take a bold step in becoming a medical leader. We wish you the very best.