If you are already thinking seriously of a career in medicine or want to keep it as an option in the future, you need to start planning now.
High school courses are not prerequisites to applying to medicine. However, you are required to complete a degree before applying and entering post-secondary studies will require certain high school courses. You will need the science courses Chemistry 40S and Biology 40S or 40G in preparation for university studies. Many students also take Physics 40S in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In addition, you will need Math 40S (pre-calculus or applied) and definitely need English 40S or French 40S
Take advantage of opportunities for enrichment, such as International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, exchanges and special interest clubs.
A well-rounded education, including classes in the humanities (history, drama, religion etc.) is just as appropriate as one that focuses solely on science, computers and math.
Do well in school! We do not look at your high school marks, but the competition for a position in medical school is tough. Use your time in high school to develop good study habits, manage your time effectively and learn about the world around you.
Volunteer and work experience, hobbies and sports are important, as these opportunities will help you find out about:
Your guidance counselors and science teachers can help you find information on medical careers and medical education. They may be able to link you up with a mentor or find other opportunities for you to meet medical practitioners. Ask them about Discovery Days at the University of Manitoba, a full day of practical workshops and career panel discussions.
The Office of Rural and Northern Health (ORNH) has been established in part to help rural and northern Manitobans become doctors. They may be able to out you in touch with medical students and professionals who can share their experience and knowledge. The ORNH has also developed a number of other programs, which may be useful to students interested in rural or northern medicine throughout their efforts to become doctors.
You can send your questions or book an appointment by emailing us at email@example.com.
Evening of Excellence - October 24, 2017
Discovery Days in Health Sciences - November 3, 2017
Open House - February 22, 2018
Brandon Career Symposium - TBA March 2018
Rotary Career Symposium - April 16 - 18, 2018
Applicant Pools and Program Streams
The Admissions Committee gives priority to residents of Manitoba who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents regardless of where they completed their premedical studies. The University of Manitoba defines Manitoba applicants as those who:
The Admissions Committee also recognizes applicants who are a member of the Canadian Forces at the time of application and have provided a minimum of two (2) years full-time services in the Canadian Forces by the time of application. These applicants are included in the Manitoba applicant pool regardless of their residency at the time of application.
The Max Rady College of Medicine has established a Bilingual (French and English) stream, coincident with the expansion of existing undergraduate bilingual programs that currently exist in partnership with the University of Ottawa., L'Universite de Sherbrooke and the existing bilingual Family Medicine Postgraduate Stream.
The Bilingual (French/English) Stream is designed to give medical students a solid grounding in medical and health related French. After successfully completing this course students will be able to communicate competently in French to patients, colleagues and other health professionals. While completing the regular MD Program courses, students in the Bilingual Stream will complete the Medical French Program, a French language skills development program which will provide grammatical structures, thematic vocabulary, functional expressions and oral communication techniques, aimed at helping the students develop the communicative and linguistic skills required to operate effectively in a variety of situations related to the profession. In addition, students in the Bilingual Stream will complete early exposure and their core family medicine clerkship rotation in French speaking communities.
The Bilingual (French/English) Stream is a subset of the Manitoba Applicant Pool and applicants in this Stream will be assessed within the Manitoba Applicant Pool.
To be considered eligible for the Bilingual Stream applicants must:
The Max Rady College of Medicine encourages applicants to consider applying for the Bilingual Stream if they are included in the following criteria:
Applicants invited to interview will have a portion of the Multiple Mini Interview conducted in French.
Successful candidates will participate in dedicated components of the curriculum in the French language.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit people face large health gaps when compared to the general population, and this is rooted in historic and current systemic marginalization and disadvantage.
Experiences like the Indian Residential School Policy, the disproportionate levels of poverty in First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations, and the current underfunding of First Nations education are examples of systemic barriers that have made it more difficult for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people to access health professional education. At the same time evidence has shown that First Nations, Métis and Inuit people want a physician population that reflects them- they want to see more First Nations, Métis and Inuit doctors.
Research has shown that First Nations, Métis and Inuit medical students contribute significantly to the learning environment, and play multiple additional roles that other students are not expected to play while still balancing important family and community roles.
The University of Manitoba has a stated goal of making Winnipeg the national centre of excellence in First Nations, Metis and Inuit education, supporting our students to achieve education success across the full range of academic programs offered.
The Max Rady College of Medicine is committed to supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit medical students. First Nations, Métis and Inuit students may face additional barriers to even make it to the application stage. Once in medical school First Nations, Métis and Inuit students may be expected to play additional roles and may witness or experience racism and discrimination that might make the medical school experience more stressful. Most importantly the College recognizes positive ripple effects as First Nations, Métis and Inuit medical students inspire family and community members to pursue their dreams and contribute positively to the health of our province and country. At the same time, First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures highly values reciprocation of opportunity.
The intent of this stream into medicine is to ensure to that of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students have an opportunity to become physicians and to support students to maintain long-term cultural and social linkages with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities within this principle of reciprocity.
Applicants from all provinces and territories in Canada are encouraged to declare their First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage.
Applicants who self-identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit will have their contact information shared with the Senior Lead Indigenous Health Student Affairs, Ongomiizwin – Education. The Senior Lead will contact all applicants to ensure the Admissions process is understood and to begin to develop a relationship that will be a source of support throughout the medical learning journey.
First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants are required to submit documentation to support their declaration of Indigenous ancestry. One of the following will be accepted:
If none of these forms of documentation are available, enquiries may be made to the University of Manitoba Admissions Office regarding other acceptable documentation.
The Max Rady College of Medicine welcomes applicants from all provinces and Territories. The Admissions Committee defines Out-of-Province applicants as those who are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada but are not a resident of Manitoba. For the 2018-2019 application cycle, up to 5% of the class will be selected from this pool. Eligibility requirements remain the same for this applicant pool and you are welcome to apply if you meet or exceed these minimum requirements.
However, the Admissions Committee discourages individuals from applying who have an AGPA lower than 3.94 and an operative MCAT® score lower than 11 for tests written prior to March 2015 or lower than 515 for tests written after March 2015. If you fall into one or both of these categories, you have a low chance of receiving an invitation to an interview.
The Max Rady College of Medicine is committed to strengthening and expanding the existing MD/PhD Program to recruit and retain students with academic excellence, evidence of sustained and productive research experience, and strong potential to become a clinician scientist.
Students wishing to apply should contact the MD/PhD program director early in the process and review the information on the website at:
To be considered eligible for the MD/PhD Program Stream:
Applicants must be competitive within their respective applicant pool and are not ranked independently from their cohort.
**Please note that our Admission Requirements have changed. Visit the link below for more information. **
Please review the Applicant Information Bulletin, Section 2: Eligibility Requirements for Admission to Medicine requirements.
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