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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 Geneviève Gagné, Senior Associate Director of Canadian Admissions and Operations (Direct: 819.918.9736, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  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:


·       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.


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Sept. 23rd 2014 Carleton University Carleton Med Night 17:00 - 8:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Sept. 24th 2014 U of Toronto Mississauga Graduate Fair 10:00 - 2:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Sept. 25th 2014 Simon Fraser-Burnaby Campus Graduate Fair 10:00 - 3:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Sept. 29th 2014 U of Ottawa Opportunities Fair 10:00 - 3:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Sept  30th 2014 Queens University Further Ed Expo 11:00 - 4:00 PM Michelle Peres
Oct. 1st 2014 U of British Columbia Graduate Fair 10:00 - 3:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 1st 2014 U of Toronto Scarborough Graduate Fair 11:00 - 3:00 PM Michelle Peres
Oct. 3rd 2014 U of Toronto St. Georges Graduate Fair 11:00 - 2:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 6th 2014 Mount-Royal University Graduate Fair 10:00-2:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 7th 2013 University of Calgary Graduate Fair 12:00 - 4:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 8th 2013 University of Alberta Graduate Fair  11:00 -3:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 8th 2014 U of Windsor Graduate Fair 11:00 - 2:00 PM Michelle Peres
Oct. 9th 2014 UOIT Further Ed Expo 10:00 - 2:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 15th 2014 McMaster University Continuing Ed Fair 10:30 - 2:30 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 20th 2014 University of Guelph Beyond Grad Expo 11:00 - 2:30 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 22rd 2014 York University Graduate Studies Fair 11:00 - 3:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Oct. 23rd 2013 Western Ontario Univ Graduate Fair 11:00 - 3:00 PM Michelle Peres
Nov. 4th 2014 Brock University Graduate Expo 11:00 - 3:00 PM Michelle Peres
Oct. 28th 2014 Univ. of Waterloo Graduate Fair 2:30 - 5:30 PM Geneviève Gagné
Nov.  5th 2014 McGill University Graduate Fair 11:00 - 3:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
Nov. 6th 2014 Concordia University Graduate Fair 12:00-4:00 PM Geneviève Gagné
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