Canadian Students
Canadian Students

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Canadian Students 

Canada faces a growing shortage of physicians. This problem is further compounded by capacity issues at medical schools in Canada.  In the 2017-2018 enrollment period, 13,929 students applied for only 2,614 available seats. As a result, thousands of qualified students are denied entrance to medical school each year.  If you have the desire and dedication to become a physician then let the University of Medicine and Health Sciences help turn your dream into reality.  Countless numbers of Canadian students made the choice to attend UMHS and have gone on to pass all of their licensing examinations and obtain residencies in virtually every specialty.   


In terms of outcomes, our students are performing exceptionally well on their various licensing examinations.  We have a 94% pass rate on Step 1 of the USMLE with an average score of 226 for Spring 2017 to Fall 2018 .  In addition, we had a 100% pass rate on the MCCEE in 2016, 2017, and 2018. 

Canadian students attending UMHS qualify to apply for residency programs in both Canada and the United States.  The combined opportunity for residency placement in the US and Canada is nearly a tenfold increase as compared to just applying for Canadian residencies (last year there was a total of 4,812 residency positions in Canada versus 31,757 in the United States).  


We urge you to read the the various testimonials below and hear what great things our Canadian graduates have to say about UMHS.   






Students enrolled at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) are highly motivated, possess a commitment to serve others, and are dedicated to becoming successful, caring physicians. We are always seeking new students who exhibit these traits to join our diverse student body.

If you feel that you fit this description, we encourage you to complete an application for admission.  After a thorough evaluation of your candidacy, if you are offered admission, we hope you will consider joining us.  Candidates who meet our basic requirements are given an opportunity to discuss their academic records and provide any other background information during an in-person interview with one of the University’s admissions staff members.  UMHS accepts applicants in three annual enrollment terms: January, May, and September.  Details of the UMHS admissions process may be found here.  Canadian applicants are not required to take the MCAT, but it is strongly recommended.


Prospective students must meet the minimum requirements for admission listed below.  Applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of three years of study (90 semester credits) at an accredited college or university. However, it is highly recommended that applicants earn a Bachelor’s Degree prior to matriculating at UMHS.  Applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate pre-requisite courses: 




 Inorganic or General Chemistry (with Labs)  One Year
 Organic Chemistry (with Labs)*  One Year
 General Biology or Zoology (with Labs)  One Year
 Physics (with Lab)  One Semester
 English  One Year
 College-Level Mathematics (Preferably Calculus or Statistics)  One Semester


*Applicants may substitute one semester of Biochemistry for Organic Chemistry II if this is the prescribed pre-medical chemistry sequence at your college or university. It is recommended that additional advanced sciences courses such as Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry be taken as well. High School advanced placement courses are considered on a per case basis and may meet pre-requisite requirements.


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Canadian students can compete in both the US National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and/or the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).  The Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) outlines procedures for obtaining a residency and license in Canada.  Along with the national Canadian eligibility, each Canadian province has its own rules regarding licensing and eligibility.  We recommend that you conduct your own research on each province you are considering working in. The student affairs and academic advising department at UMHS provides our Canadian students with ample guidance and support while they navigate this process. 


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.  To qualify for licensure and residency in the United States, students must pass Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), which are already mandatory requirements for graduation.


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Financial Aid 

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 a loan 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.  Typically, for those who qualify, banks in Canada can provide up to a $250,000 line of credit.  In addition, UMHS also offers Institutional Loans, scholarships, and payment plans for those that qualify.  

As of May 2018, Provincial Canadian Student Loan Programs are now 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.  Further details about financial aid for Canadians is provided on the Canadian Financial Aid Page.  


Additional Resources 

Medical Council of Canada

Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)

Health Force Ontario


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