OMSAS 2019: Inside Guide to the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS)

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All medical schools in Ontario use an online centralized application service at http://www.ouac.on.ca/omsas/ to accept and assess applications from thousands of students annually. Students around the world use the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) to apply to medical school in Ontario so it is a very clear, concise and effective way to consolidate application services.

The most important step is to review the OMSAS Instruction in detail. Most of the questions you want to ask will be answered in the instructions. Specific questions about each school are addressed in Read more…

How To Make Your OMSAS Sketch Stand Out

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3 OMSAS Sketch Tips:

In today's blog post, we're going to share some of our tops tip on how to make your OMSAS sketch stand out.   Let's get started.  What can be included in your sketch? Any activity, structured or non-structured going as far back as the age of 16, that demonstrates the essential qualities the admissions committees want to see in their applicants, such as leadership, communications skills, team work, etc. etc.  

1. However, note that it is all about quality rather than quantity. Read more…

How To Select Extracurricular & Volunteer Activities To Increase Your Chances Of Acceptance To Med School.

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If there was some obvious framework to guide your pre-application extra-curricular and academic life, would you use it? Fortunately, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada developed such a framework – known as the CanMEDS Framework – to “describe the knowledge, skills and abilities that specialist physicians need for better patient outcomes.” (A similar framework exists for the US provided by the AAMC) This was not developed to show you how to plan your life for medical school but it does help you see why and how medical schools demand certain competencies and skills from their learners.

Today, we will go through each of the domains of the framework and articulate how you might demonstrate your capacity in that area.

Professionalism

Professionalism is an attribute that Read more…

The Top 10 Mistakes You MUST Avoid In Your Med School Essays & Personal Statements

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The Top 10 Mistakes You MUST Avoid In Your Med School Essays & Personal Statements

Here is a quick and dirty list of the top 10 errors for med school essays, secondary essays, personal narrative & personal statements. Before you submit your final draft, critically review your statement to ensure that you commit none of these deal-breakers.

Top Mistake #1. Re-list your entire CV or activity sketch. 

Top Mistake #2. Read more…

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