Admissions News and Announcements

The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine will expand its teaching and learning presence in Regina in August 2022 when that campus will become home to about 40 first-year medical students.

Regina General Hospital
Regina General Hospital

For students interested in applying for the 2022 application cycle, updated Applicant Information Documents will be posted July 5. Applications for entry to Medicine (fall 2022) will open in early August 2021.

The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan does not accept students wishing to transfer from another medical school into our program. 

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada currently enrolled in another medical school who wishes to attend the College of Medicine MUST apply through the regular admissions process.  Our admissions requirements and policies can be found in the Applicant Information documents.

In compliance with the university-level Articulation and Transfer Credit Policy, the College of Medicine reserves the right to approve or deny requests for transfer credit or advanced standing in the Undergraduate Medical Education program (see https://medicine.usask.ca/policies/transfer-student-policy.php). Requests for transfer credit or advanced standing will only be considered on a case-by-case basis post-admission to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Saskatchewan. The process to determine transfer credit(s) may result in a cost incurred by the student.

For applicants applying for admission as a Saskatchewan resident please be sure to review the Saskatchewan Resident Applicant Information document for the definition of a Saskatchewan resident and the required documentation.

At the October 6th, 2020 meeting of the Admissions Committee, the Committee made the recommendation that the 5-time application limit be removed. On January 27, 2021, Faculty Council voted to remove the 5-time application limit for entrance into the MD program, beginning for application cycle October 2021.

Applicant Information

The Unofficial Guide to Canadian Medical School is general advice for applicants about the medical admissions process. Please refer to our Applicant Information documents, for the pool in which you are eligible, for the most up-to-date policies and procedures relating to USask CoM admissions.  

Your Step-By-Step Admissions Guide

There are a few parts when it comes to applying to medicine. Be sure to go through the following guide to ensure everything has been completed.

Before you apply:

After you apply:

  • Applicants will be contacted for the next part of the admissions journey between November and December of each year.
  • Applicants will be invited to participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

Once all of these steps are complete, successful applicants will be sent letters of offer in May/June each year.

Apply

Apply for Admission 2022

Application 2021 for entry to Medicine in the fall of 2022 will open in early August. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.

CASPer

Our program will be requiring applicants to complete CASPer. You can learn more about the test at www.TakeAltus.com . Full details are in the Applicant Information Document. Please note: Snapshot will not be required for this application cycle (for entry 2022).

MCAT

You will also be required to complete the MCAT before your application year.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

The multiple mini interview (MMI) is a series of short structured interviews used to assess the personal traits that we are looking for in our applicants to the MD program.

Each mini interview provides an applicant with two minutes to read a question/scenario and mentally prepare before entering the interview room (may be in-person or virtual). Upon entering, the applicant has eight minutes of dialogue with one assessor (or, in some cases, a third party as the assessor observes).

At the conclusion of the interview, the applicant moves to the next scenario and the assessor completes the evaluation form. This pattern is repeated through a circuit of multiple stations, with the typical MMI taking approximately 90-120 minutes, depending on the number of stations included.

The MMI was developed at McMaster University and its medical school has been using it as a criterion for selecting students since 2004. Multiple studies have demonstrated that the MMI has better reliability than a traditional panel interview or other measures of personal traits and the MMI has been shown to be a valid measure of future success in medical school. Today, the majority of Canadian medical schools use the applicant’s performance in their respective MMIs to inform their admissions decisions.

The MMI gives the Admissions Committee a measure of an applicant’s personal traits that cannot be assessed by their academic performance alone. Having future medical practitioners with desirable personal traits is very important to the College of Medicine and for our society as a whole.

Here are some of the strengths of the MMI compared to other measures of personal traits:

  • Provides multiple opportunities for a diverse applicant pool to demonstrate their abilities and personal traits
  • Dilutes the effects of chance and assessor bias
  • More standardized delivery — all applicants respond to the same questions and assessors all receive the same background information a priori
  • Stations can be designed with a great deal of flexibility in order to assess applicants for personal traits desired by the medical school
  • Applicants can recover from a challenging station by moving onto a new station with a different assessor
  • Studies show that the MMI is abetter predictor of medical school performance compared to other measures of personal traits (autobiographical submissions, panel interview, simulated tutorial)

Personal traits and abilities, such as communication skills, maturity, professionalism and an ability to think on their feet will be assessed during all of the MMI stations.

Station scenarios are structured specifically to assess numerous different domains, including:

  • an applicant’s non-academic achievements and life experiences
  • ethical and critical decision-making abilities
  • abilities to complete a task and follow directions
  • knowledge of the health-care system and determinants of health in the local or global context
  • commitment to helping others
  • discussions about social accountability and desire and motivations to study and pursue a career in medicine

Background knowledge in basic or clinical sciences is no more useful than knowledge in other disciplines.

The MMI scenarios are designed specifically to generate general discussion and do not have any “correct” answers per se.

Applicants will be asked to respond to a scenario, communicate their understanding of the scenario, discuss the issues raised in the scenario, express personal thoughts and opinions, highlight previous life experiences pertaining to the scenario and defend any ideas they put forward.

To generate further discussion, our assessors may probe deeper by asking additional questions or clarify points that are made. We are interested in a genuine and rich dialogue with the applicant that allows us to get to know them best.

Admission Acceptance

If you have been offered admission to the MD program, there are a couple of steps to complete in order to finalize your acceptance to the College of Medicine.

You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Admission Acceptance Deposit
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Immunization Requirements

Applicants who are offered admission must pay a non-refundable deposit of 10 per cent of the tuition by the deadline date of the acceptance of the offer.

Candidates who withdraw their admission acceptance after paying the fee will forfeit the 10 per cent deposit.

All applicants offered admission will be required to submit a criminal record check including vulnerable sector screening to the College of Medicine by the first day of orientation of the year of entry.

All applicants should familiarize themselves with the Criminal Record Check Policy and Procedures. Results will be shared, including sharing a copy of the documentation, with: (i) the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and (ii) other medical and/or educational institutions as required. In the event that an applicant is found to be ineligible for an educational license, the offer of admission will be revoked.

Applicants to the College of Medicine will be required to answer the following questions on the application form and provide detailed information for any question(s) answered “Yes”:
  • Have you ever been suspended, disqualified, censured, or had any disciplinary action taken against you as a member of any profession?
  • Have you at any time been (i) charged with an academic or non-academic offence by a post-secondary institution or (ii) suspended, expelled, required to discontinue, or otherwise disciplined (including being denied readmission) for any academic or non-academic offence by a post-secondary institution (including in either (i) or (ii) being cited for any professionalism issues at any time)?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence (this includes any offence for which pardon has been received)?
  • Have you been arrested or charged with any criminal offence, in Canada or elsewhere?
  • To the best of your current knowledge and belief, are you currently under investigation for possible criminal conduct, in Canada or elsewhere?
If you are a future applicant considering application to the USask College of Medicine and answer “yes” to any of the preceding questions, it is recommended that you contact the Admissions Office to have an informal review of the details of your background completed to determine future possible concerns with regard to admission or licensure as a medical student.
For full details on the Immunization Requirements please see our policy here.
To view the current College of Medicine Technical Standards, please visit our Policy Page.

NOTE:  Applicants will have 5 business days from the date a negative application decision is emailed to launch an appeal of that decision.

The Admissions Appeals Committee will hear and decide upon applicant appeals of decisions made by the Admissions Committee. If you appeal, your appeal must include the Appeal Form (below) which you have filled out and signed. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the University of Saskatchewan Admissions Office not being open, the Appeal Form and any attachments must be submitted by email at med.admissions@usask.ca. The appeal form and supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadline. Appeals are to be addressed to the Chair of the Admissions Appeals Committee, c/o Admissions Office.

As outlined in the Policy on Admission to Degree Programs - Admission Decisions - Appeal of Admission Decisions, ratified by University Council on May 1st, 2012 - “Grounds for an admission appeal shall be limited to: (1) unit procedural errors, (2) evidence that the information used in the assessment of the decision was wrong or incomplete, or (3) evidence that the assessment was not made according to the published admission qualifications and selection criteria. A failure by the applicant to provide accurate and complete information in accordance with the established admission qualifications and selection criteria shall not be grounds for an appeal. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final and no further appeal procedure will be entertained.” Any appeal launched must specify the ground(s) the appeal is based on.

FAQs

Can I book an appointment to meet with an advisor? No, we do not take appointments nor do we do advising. All communication with the Admissions Office must be done via email.

What is the application deadline? October 1, 2021.

When does the application open? The online application opens in early August.

Are non-academic activities considered? No, a record of volunteer activities is not considered. However, a supervisor from a volunteer experience can be used as one of your references.

Do you accept International students? No, applicants must have lived in Canada for at least three years prior to August 1 of the year in which admission is being sought and must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status by the application deadline.

Can I transfer into the MD program from another medical school? No, the College of Medicine does not accept transfer students from another medical school. All applicants must follow the complete admissions process. Please see the Transfer Student Policy in the Applicant Information Document.

Which degree should I get to be eligible to apply for Medicine or which degree looks best on an application? Any four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited degree-granting institution will be accepted. No degree holds more weight than another.

How is a withdrawn course on my transcript treated? A withdrawn course noted on a transcript has no bearing on an application.

What prerequisite courses do I need to take? There are no high school or university level prerequisite courses required.

How is a repeated course calculated? An initial course and a repeated course will both be counted if they fall within the courses used to calculate the UAA (see the Applicant Information Document).

Are summer courses counted? It does not matter what time of year courses are taken as long as the degree is awarded in the required timeframe as outlined in the Applicant Information Document.

Do you accept online courses? Up to 60 credit units of distance education are allowed. Please see the
Applicant Information document for details on terms affected by COVID-19.

Will my UAA be rounded up? We round to two decimal places. (Example: 89.23795% will be rounded to 89.24%) What if my school uses letter grading? Calculation of the university academic average (UAA) is done in percentages (%). Where transcripts have results in other than %, conversion to % will be done. For more information go to Conversion Scale.

Do I need to carry a full course load? No, however, your degree must be completed within the required timeframe (see Applicant Information Document).

If I take extra classes to increase my average will they count towards my UAA? No, courses taken after the awarding of a degree will not count towards your UAA unless it results in another degree that will be completed before entry to Medicine.

Do you accept WES or IQAS evaluations? No.

Are pass/fail courses considered in the UAA calculation? Up to 60 credit units are considered. See Applicant Information document for more details.

Is a Master’s degree or PhD considered? Yes, please see Graduate Students in the Academic Requirements section of the Applicant Information document for more information.

Will my foreign degree be acceptable? Any inquiry pertaining to the review and evaluation of a foreign transcript (not including American institutions) must be accompanied by a valid MCAT result (test written no earlier than January 2018). The review may take weeks to process so the transcripts must be received at least two months prior to the application deadline.

If I have a family member who grew up in Saskatchewan or a relative who currently lives in Saskatchewan, can I apply as a Saskatchewan resident? No, you must be physically residing in Saskatchewan to be considered a Saskatchewan resident.

What if I am from Saskatchewan, but left to attend university outside of the province? As long as you can provide proof that you return to Saskatchewan when school is not in session, you will still be considered a Saskatchewan resident applicant.

Can I apply as a Saskatchewan resident if I took my undergrad degree at a Saskatchewan university? You must be able to provide proof that you reside in Saskatchewan for three years immediately preceding August 1 of the year in which you are seeking admission. If you have completed your degree, you must remain in Saskatchewan in order to not break your residency. Documented proof will need to be provided.

Can I apply as a Saskatchewan resident if I am in the military? You must have physically resided in Saskatchewan for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding October 1 of the year of application and obtain written approval from the Admissions Office.

Can I apply if I am new to Canada? Applicants must have lived in Canada for at least three years prior to August 1 of the year in which admission is being sought.

What is the last MCAT testing date you will accept? The MCAT must be written prior to the application deadline.

As a non-Saskatchewan resident applicant, can I still apply if I meet the MCAT scores in all but one section? No, non-Saskatchewan resident applicants must meet the test sum score minimum as well as the minimum score for each of the four sections to be eligible to apply.

If I have written more than one MCAT, which score is used? Only the most recent MCAT score is used.

Am I required to release my scores during the dates listed on the website even if I have already released them? Yes! Only scores released during the stated time period will be considered.

What is the earliest MCAT result accepted? The earliest accepted scores for application 2021 are from January 2018.

Can I mail my official transcripts myself? Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to our office. Transcripts that have passed through an applicant’s hand are deemed to be unofficial and will not be accepted even if they are sealed.

Will the office confirm with me when they have received my transcripts? No. You must upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) to your application. You will be notified through your application when official transcripts are required to be sent.

Do I need to submit a transcript from a foreign school even if only attended one semester there? Yes, you must upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) to your application. You will be notified through your application when official transcripts are required to be sent.

If I received transfer credits on a transcript from another institution I attended, do I still need to submit the transcript for the institution I was granted transfer credit for? Yes, you must have official transcripts sent directly from every institution ever attended, even if you received transfer credits.

Do applicants who re-apply need to submit transcripts again? Yes, as we have moved to a new application system, all transcripts (other than USASK transcripts) will need to be uploaded to the application system.

After I submit my application, can I log back in to make changes? No, once your have submitted the application you cannot log back in and make any changes. Any changes to the information you have provided in your application will need to be emailed to the Admissions Office at med.admissions@usask.ca.

How can I track the status of my application? You may log into your application to track the status of your application and to see if you have any outstanding documentation.

What do I do if I lost/forgot my password and am unable to log in to complete my application? Follow the prompts on the application site for login issues.

How do I obtain an official letter from Saskatchewan Health Services to support my residency? Contact Saskatchewan Health (eHealth Saskatchewan).

How will the Admissions Office communicate with me throughout the application cycle? All communication from the Admissions Office will be sent via email.

Do my referees need to submit a letter? No, we do not accept reference letters.

Will the Admissions Office approve my referees prior to submitting them? No, we will not confirm suitability of specific referees. It is up to the applicant to determine which referees would be most appropriate based on the criteria we have outlined in the Applicant Information Document.

When will my references be contacted? In late March or early April, an email will be sent to referees to schedule a 10 – 15 minute phone call during the month of April and early May. The number of references contacted is at the discretion of the Admissions Office.

Do I have to take the CASPer test? Yes, this is a requirement that all applicants must take in order for their application to be considered.

How is the CASPer score used in the application process? The score is used as one of the criteria to determine if an applicant will receive an interview offer.

What is the deadline to take the CASPer test for application to the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine? Once the test dates and score distribution deadlines have been set for an application to the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, the information will be available on the CASPer website.

Is the extension to the CASPer test SnapShot required? Our program will NOT be requiring applicants to complete Snapshot for this admissions cycle (for entry 2022).

Contact Us

Questions?

Email: med.admissions@usask.ca

Box 17, Health Sciences Building
University of Saskatchewan 
107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon
SK, S7N 5E5