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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 Michelle Peres, Vice President of Enrollment Management (Direct: 248 890 2625 or 248 363 8558, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  


Details of the UMHS admissions process may be found here.  Additional information:


·       Canadian applicants are not required to take the MCAT, but it is strongly recommended. 


·       Any course that is considered "writing-intensive" may be used to satisfy the English requirement.

·       One semester of biochemistry may be substituted for one of the two semesters of required organic chemistry.

·       Our minimum admissions requirement is 90 semester hours.

o   Many Canadian Universities offer full and half-year courses. 

o   A full year course (1.0 credit) = 8 semester hours.

o   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 (CaRMS). 

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.

Additional Resources

·       Medical Council of Canada

·       Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) 

·       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. 

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.

Updates for the Fall 2016 Canadian College Fairs will be posted in the near future


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