Virtual Admissions Presentation

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Applicant Information

Getting Your MD (downloadable PDF)

Please ensure you've read the entire Application Information document prior to applying for admission to the program.

The content of this applicant information document reflects the operational admissions procedures as recommended by the College of Medicine Admissions Committee and approved by Faculty Council, and will be regarded as the definitive statement of admissions procedures for the current admissions cycle.

Apply for Admission 2021

Application 2020 for entry to Medicine in the fall of 2021 will open in early August.  Deadline to apply is October 1 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (Saskatchewan time).

Potential and Approved Admission Requirement Changes

At the October 6th, 2020 meeting of the Admissions Committee, the Committee made the recommendation that the 5-time application limit be removed.  This recommended change must be voted on at the college level by Faculty Council.  The Faculty Council will be voting on this change during their meeting on January 27, 2021.    

An update will be available here following the January 27 meeting.

Please note:  Altus  Assessments has released CASPer Snapshot, an extension of the CASPer test to help aid in the admissions process. Our program will NOT be requiring our applicants to complete Snapshot for this admissions cycle, however, please note that because of its one-time completion, other programs you are applying to may require it. You can learn more about Snapshot at the CASPer site.

Full details are in the Application Information document

 

Diversity and Social Accountability Admissions Program - DSAAP

NOTE:  The link to the DSAAP supplemental questionnaire and DSAAP financial form will be available at this site following the October 1st deadline of the application for admission.


  • The DSAAP has 6 seats available. Saskatchewan residents will first be considered through the Saskatchewan resident pool to increase the opportunities to admit students who qualify under the DSAAP. Please note that Indigenous applicants are not eligible for the DSAAP..
  • Following the closing of applications on October 1, all Saskatchewan resident applicants (excluding those applying through the Indigenous Admissions Pathway) will be sent the DSAAP supplemental questionnaire link. The DSAAP is a voluntary opt-in program. The deadline to submit the DSAAP supplemental questionnaire, DSAAP Financial Form and required supporting documentation is November 1, 2020.
  • To be eligible for the DSAAP, Part A of the DSAAP supplemental questionnaire has a single question asking if the average gross family income over the past 5 years is below the $80,000 to qualify for the program.
  • Saskatchewan resident applicants answering yes to the single question in Part A then will proceed in Part B to answer questions dealing with different aspects of socio-economic status pertinent to Saskatchewan residents. For each Part B question answered yes accepted by the Standing DSAAP Review Committee of the Admissions Committee, the applicant’s ARN would be augmented by +0.1 when the applicant is considered for a DSAAP seat.
  • Qualified DSAAP applicants will be ranked by their modified ARNs and the top 6 offered one of the 6 DSAAP seats in the initial offering of seats done in mid-May. A DSAAP wait-list may or may not be established. The 6 DSAAP seats will be split 4:2 for medicine training years 2-4 being in Saskatoon and Regina, respectively. If 1 of the 6 top DSAAP applicants comes up on the regular Saskatchewan resident wait-list for an offer of a seat (i.e., achieve a seat through the usual Saskatchewan resident admissions process), then that offer would go instead to the next ranked applicant on the established DSAAP wait-list.
  • DSAAP applicants are required to provide appropriate tax assessment information for all family members (see below - Part A of the DSAAP questionnaire) and must provide documentation to validate any of their answers to questions (3) through (12) in Part B of the DSAAP supplemental questionnaire.
  • DSAAP applicants also must provide the names and contact information for two references. References will be contacted by phone (usually in January) to answer a questionnaire constructed to solicit information independently speaking to an applicant’s answers in Part A and B of the DSAAP supplemental questionnaire. DSAAP applicants are responsible for receiving prior approval from references that they are willing to participate in a telephone interview. Lastly, only arms-length individuals (i.e., non-household members, non-relatives (a relative is an immediate family member, spouse, grandparent, uncle, aunt, cousin, in-law, or step family member) may be used as references to validate the DSAAP questionnaire).

DSAAP Supplemental Questionnaire: Answers, details, and documentation in support of yes answers, will only be used for the DSAAP. The confidentiality policies and processes used for all College of Medicine admissions information will apply to all information provided in support of an application to the DSAAP. The Standing DSAAP Review Committee of the Admissions Committee will confidentially review all materials provided by an applicant and decide if each submitted yes answer in the DSAAP supplemental questionnaire will be accepted. Details and documentation provided by an applicant in
support of each of their yes answers thus must be sufficient for the yes answer to be accepted (in
submitting details and documentation, individuals may redact confidential identifiers such as social insurance numbers). Included in this review process will be the feedback provided by the two references.

DSAAP applicants will not be provided with any feedback regarding acceptance or not of any yes
answer and ultimately will be told only whether they (i) have been successful in being awarded a seat, (ii) have been wait-listed, or (iii) will not be offered a seat in the current admissions cycle.

Part A

Was your average gross family* income over the past 5 years <$80,000 per year?

  • Each applicant wishing to be considered under the DSAAP must define all of the members comprising his or her family* for each of the 5 years used to compute the average gross family income.
  • Note that the applicant must include themselves when defining the members of their family; therefore, the applicant’s employment income, as well as any scholarship or bursary support received, must be provided for each of the 5 years in question.
  • Child support and/or alimony payments are to be included in the total family income calculation.
  • As well, for the 5 years post-high school, the applicant MUST include BOTH of their parent’s income for the appropriate year(s) regardless of whether or not the applicant considers themself to be independent for part or all of the 5 years.
  • You must submit copies of the annual tax assessments for individuals, including yourself, making up your family for each of the past 5 years. The annual tax assessments you submit in support of a yes answer here will also support your answers to Part B questions (1) and (2).
  • *Family is defined as follows (biological parents and/or guardians and/or siblings can be involved): a married couple (with or without children of either and/or both spouses), a common-law couple (with or without children of either and/or both partners), a lone parent of any marital status (with at least one child), or an adult independently living on their own. In this definition, an applicant can be a child of a married or common-law couple, or a single parent/guardian; or a spouse or a partner (with or without children); or a single adult.
  • During the five-year period in question, an applicant’s definition of their family may well change with time.
  • The term common-law applies to partners who have lived together for 6 or more months even if common-law has not been declared for taxation purposes, and married or common-law couples includes same sex individuals.

Part B

For questions 3 - 12, if you answer yes in any case, note that you are required to provide supporting details.

  1. Is the average gross income for your family over the past 5 years <$65,000 per year?
  2. Is the average gross income for your family over the past 5 years <$50,000 per year?
  3. Was high school graduation (or less) the highest education level of each of your parents (guardians)? If yes, provide level of education received and where obtained.
  4. Did your family ever receive social assistance in the pre-university years of your life? If yes, provide dates involved and type of assistance received. This does not include payments such as maternity/paternity leave benefits and employment insurance. Social assistance includes payments for food, clothing and shelter requirements.
  5. Were you raised by a teen parent, single parent (i.e., other parent was not involved in your upbringing nor did they provide any form of financial support such as child support or alimony), or family other than your biological or legally recognized parents for >10 of your pre-university years? If yes, provide dates and information on who was involved in raising you and indicate whether the single parent received child support or alimony payments
  6. Do you come from a family of 3 or more children? If yes, provide names, for each sibling.
  7. Were you ever in foster care? If yes, provide dates and location of the jurisdiction involved
  8. Are you a single parent taking care of one or more children? If yes, provide the dates when you became/were a single parent, and the names of the child or children involved.
  9. Were you or your immediate family admitted to Canada with refugee status? A refugee is considered to be a person/persons who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. If yes, provide details and supporting documentation.
  10. During your four-year baccalaureate degree, did you qualify for and receive an academic accommodation through a University Equity Office? If yes, provide the registration date of the accommodation and with which university; details of the registered accommodation are not required as confirmation of registration is the only aspect that the Admissions Office will check.
  11. Did you complete all of your high school education in, and graduate from, a high school in Saskatchewan? If yes, provide dates, name(s) of the high school(s) and location of the education jurisdiction involved.
  12. Did you complete all of your high school education in, and graduate from, a high school in a rural area of Saskatchewan? (A rural area is defined as an area with a population of ≤ 4,000 people as per the 2016 Saskatchewan Population census data). For this question, you can not answer yes if you graduated high school in the following 20 Saskatchewan cities and towns: Battleford, Estevan, Flin Flon, Humboldt, Kindersley, Lloydminster, Martensville, Meadow Lake, Melfort, Melville, Moose Jaw, Nipawin, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Warman, Weyburn, and Yorkton. If you can answer yes, provide dates, name(s) of the high school(s) and location of the education jurisdiction involved.

NOTES
  1. With only a yes answer to Part A, an individual would be eligible to be considered for a DSAAP seat, but with no upwards adjustment of their ARN. Each yes answer to Part B questions will give the DSAAP applicant a +0.1 adjustment in their ARN.
  2. It is important to realize that this ARN adjustment is specific for the relative positioning of only those applicants who qualify to be considered for one of the 6 DSAAP seats (i.e., their answer to the Part A question is yes).
  3. All applicants who apply as a Saskatchewan resident (except Indigenous applicants) will receive the supplemental questionnaire. When the questionnaire is sent out, the covering message will be that a response is not obligatory, but if the individual voluntarily participates, they then will be considered within the DSAAP framework for one of the 6 DSAAP seats.
  4. The personal information you provide in response to the DSAAP questionnaire will only be used and disclosed for the purpose of assessing whether you are eligible to be admitted to the College of Medicine through the DSAAP and for the purpose of planning, delivering, monitoring or evaluating the program. The College will securely store any information provided in response to this questionnaire and will securely destroy the information once the admissions process is complete, except where retention is required by law. You are responsible for obtaining the consent of any third party whose information you are providing in response to this questionnaire.

MCAT

The AAMC and the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada (AFMC) provide a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees who register to test during the 2020 testing year. Canadian examinees who are eligible and qualify, will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates.

Learn more about the MCAT Fee Assistance Program for Canadians at https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/fee-assistance-program-canadian-examinees/.

The MCAT must have been written prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2020.  You must request that all of your MCAT results be released electronically specifically to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, via the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) MCAT Test Site and specifically between October 30, 2020 and November 6, 2020.  Even if you have released your scores to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine prior to October 30, 2020, you must re-release them during the previously stated time period.  In order to capture all possible MCAT results, only scores released to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, during this time period will be considered.

For application in 2020 for entry fall of 2021, no minimum MCAT section or total score will be required.  MCAT scores must be obtained in one sitting prior to the application deadline.  The earliest accepted scores for application in 2020 for entry fall of 2021 are from January 2017.  Only the most recent MCAT writing will be considered.  Confidence bands are not considered and any further AAMC adjustments to scores after our MCAT score release deadline of November 6, 2020, will not be considered.  The AAMC site will produce a report for applicants showing when scores are released to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine; therefore, we will not confirm receipt of MCAT scores.

For each application cycle, the Admissions Committee will review all of the MCAT scores and set the minimum overall MCAT score, and MCAT section scores, for the current cycle. In the last admissions cycle for entrance in 2020, the Committee removed applicants from further consideration for an interview offer if their total MCAT score was less than 492.  This past year, in addition to the total score cutoff of 492, the Admissions Committee set the minimum section score cutoffs of BBFL 123; CARS 122; CPBS 123; PSBB 123.  These cut points are likely to be used again in the upcoming cycle.

While no prerequisite courses are required, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete equivalent/similar courses (introductory level Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Statistics, Sociology and Psychology) to ensure readiness for the basic sciences covered in the first two years of the undergraduate medical curriculum and to prepare for the MCAT as well. Registration for the MCAT is online.

For information regarding acceptable MCAT results for future applications, please see below.

Admission Cycle

MCAT Accepted
(Only most recent score considered)

Application 2020 for Entry Fall of 2021 MCAT — January 2017 — earliest accepted
Application 2021 for Entry Fall of 2022 MCAT — January 2018 — earliest accepted
Application 2022 for Entry Fall of 2023 MCAT — January 2019 — earliest accepted

 

The MCAT must have been written prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2020.  You must request that all of your MCAT results be released electronically specifically to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, via the AAMC MCAT Test Site and specifically between October 30, 2020 and November 6, 2020.  Even if you have released your scores to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine prior to October 30, 2020, you must re-release them during the previously stated time period.  In order to capture all possible MCAT results, only scores released to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, during this time period will be considered.

For application in 2020 for entry fall of 2021, MCAT scores must be obtained in one sitting prior to the application deadline.  The earliest accepted scores for application 2020 for entry fall of 2021 are from January 2017.  Only the most recent MCAT will be considered.  Confidence band scores are not considered and any further adjustments to scores by the AAMC after our MCAT score release deadline of November 6, 2020, will not be considered.  The AAMC site will produce a report for applicants showing when scores are released to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine; therefore, we will not confirm receipt of MCAT scores.

For application in 2020 for entry fall of 2021, non-Saskatchewan resident applicants will be required to have a met a minimum total score of 510 with a minimum score of 127 for each of the four section scores.  Only the most recent test will be considered.

As we have limited interview spaces, last year the non-Saskatchewan resident minimum MCAT cutoff for an interview invitation was a total score of 519.  The CARS section score and calculated UAA were then used to break ties for interview wait-list offers.

While no prerequisite courses are required, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete equivalent/similar courses (introductory level Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Statistics, Sociology and Psychology) to ensure readiness for the basic sciences covered in the first two years of the undergraduate medical curriculum and to prepare for the MCAT as well. Registration for the MCAT is online.

For information regarding acceptable MCAT results for future applications, please see below.

Admission Cycle

MCAT Accepted
(Only most recent score considered)

Application 2020 for Entry Fall of 2021 MCAT — January 2017 — earliest accepted
Application 2021 for Entry Fall of 2022 MCAT — January 2018 — earliest accepted
Application 2022 for Entry Fall of 2023 MCAT — January 2019 — earliest accepted

Multiple Mini Interview

The 2021 MMI dates are: TBD

Admission Acceptance Deposit

The MD program tuition is $17,998.00 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants who are offered admission must pay a non-refundable deposit of 10% ($1,800.00) of the tuition by the deadline date of the acceptance of the offer. That is, candidates who withdraw their admission acceptance after paying the fee will forfeit the 10% deposit.

Criminal Record Check

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) subject to allegations of any academic or non-academic offence by a post-secondary institution, (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, (iii) subject to informal resolution with respect to any academic or non-academic offence by a post-secondary institution, or (iv) 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 U of S 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.

Immunization Requirements

For full details on the Immunization Requirements please see our policy here.

Admission Statistics

Admissions Appeal

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.