FOR CANADIAN STUDENTS
Why Attend UMHS?
Canada faces a growing shortage of physicians. With a limited number of seats offered in
Canadian medical schools, more than 30,000 Canadian applications are denied
annually. The University of Medicine and Health Sciences offers an alternative
path to becoming a MD in Canada.
Graduates of UMHS have the ability to do a portion of their elective
clinical rotations in Canadian teaching hospitals and can participate in either
the US or Canadian residency match.
For your convenience, we have put together this page
containing information that pertains specifically to Canadian students.
If you have additional questions or would like to learn
more, please feel free to reach out to Geneviève Gagné, Senior
Associate Director of Canadian Admissions and Operations (Direct: 819.918.9736, E-mail:
). Geneviève joined UMHS after six years working
for the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and four years working
for the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa. She
brings with her extensive knowledge of the residency match process, including
how it pertains to Canadian students who have studied abroad.
Details of the UMHS admissions process
may be found here. Additional information:
applicants are not required to take the MCAT, but it is strongly recommended.
course that is considered "writing-intensive" may be used to satisfy
the English requirement.
semester of biochemistry may be substituted for one of the two semesters of
required organic chemistry.
minimum admissions requirement is 90 semester hours.
Many Canadian Universities offer full and half-year
A full year course (1.0 credit) = 8 semester hours.
A half-year course (0.5 credit) = 4 semester hours.
For more information on the
curriculum structure of UMHS, please review the Basic Science and Clinical Science
sections of our website.
Canadian students may apply for
elective rotations in Canada.
Additionally, students can apply for their core rotation in psychiatry
at our affiliated hospital Ontario Shores
Centre for Mental Health Sciences.
Graduates of UMHS are eligible to practice medicine in the
US and Canada.
Canadian students can compete in both the US National Residency
Match Program (NRMP) and/or the Canadian Resident Matching Service
Canadian graduates who wish to enter residency training in
Canada must meet all certification and licensure testing criteria, including a
passing score on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), The
National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC
OSCE), and other examinations required by Canadian residency programs. The United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)
is mandatory for all Canadians at UMHS.
The Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) outlines procedures
for obtaining a residency and license in Canada. Click here for more information. Along
with the Canadian Eligibility, each Canadian province has its own rules
regarding licensing and eligibility.
· Medical Council of Canada
· Canadian Resident Matching
· Health Force Ontario
Financial Aid Options for Canadian Students
Canadian students at UMHS are able to fund their education
through lines of credit from Canadian banks.
Most major banks in Canada offer lines of credit for students studying
outside Canada. These educational lines of credit are specifically designed to
fund the costs associated with the student’s studies.
For students studying outside of Canada, most lenders
require students to have a credit worthy cosigner in order to obtain an
approval. Approvals are made at the discretion of the local branch where the
application is submitted. Thus, students are advised to apply at the location
they and/or their cosigners conduct most of their banking transactions.
Credit-based loans and lines of credit are typically
approved for students, and their cosigners who have a good credit rating.
Listed below are some of the Canadian banks that offer student loan programs
for which you may be eligible to apply.
At this time the Provincial Canadian Student Loan Programs
are not available to students attending UMHS. In accordance with Canadian law,
an international medical school must be in operation for ten years before an
application can be submitted and a federal code assigned to process loans (the
UMHS inaugural class matriculated in May 2008).
Accepted students should provide
the bank with a copy of their letter of admissions along with a print out of
UMHS’ IMED directory listing and the CaRMS Eligibility Criteria.