Future Applicants

Eligibility Requirements

**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.

Information for High School Students

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 apply to medicine. However, you are required to complete a degree before applying and entering post-secondary studies will require certain high school courses. The courses recommended to take in high school are:

  • Biology 40S/40G
  • Chemistry 40S
  • English or French 40S
  • Math (pre-calculus recommended) 40S
  • Physics 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:

  • Science (laboratories, technical work);
  • Health care (hospitals, nursing homes and clinics);
  • People skills (youth and community organizations);
  • Leadership and teambuilding skills (athletics, student government);
  • People (multicultural organizations, food banks, peer counseling)

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.

Upcoming Career Fairs

Evening of Excellence - October 2019
Discovery Days in Health Sciences - November 1, 2019
Open House - TBA February 2020
Brandon Career Symposium - TBA March 2020
Rotary Career Symposium - TBA April 2020

Applicant Pools and Program Streams

Manitoba Applicant Pool

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:

  • have graduated from a Manitoba high school; or
  • have a recognized degree from a university in Manitoba; or
  • have completed a minimum of two consecutive years of full-time academic studies in a recognized program at a university in Manitoba, while physically residing in Manitoba; or
  • have been a resident in the Province of Manitoba for a minimum of two (2) years following high school graduation; the two year residence period will not be considered broken where the Admissions Committee is satisfied that the applicant was temporarily out of the province on vacation, in short-term volunteer work or employment, or as a full time student.

The Max Rady College of Medicine also defines the following as equivalent to a Manitoba Resident:

  • Applicants who are a resident of the Territories. A resident of the Territories shall be defined as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, who at the application deadline meets any one of the following two descriptions:
    • Has graduated from a high school in one of the three Territories
    • Has resided continuously in one of the three Territories for any two-year period following high school attendance. The two-year residence period shall not be considered broken where the College's Admission Committee is satisfied the applicant was temporarily out of the territory on vacation, or for short-term volunteer work.
  • Applicants who are a member of the Canadian Forces at the time of application and have provided evidence of a minimum of two years of full-time service in the Canadian Forces by the time of application are included in the Manitoba applicant pool regardless of their current residency.

Bilingual (French/English) Stream

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:

  • meet all of the current eligibility requirements for the MD Program;
  • meet the current criteria for the Manitoba Applicant Pool;

The Max Rady College of Medicine encourages applicants to consider applying for the Bilingual Stream if they are included in the following criteria:

  • are a native French speaker
  • have completed their secondary education in French
  • have completed their post-secondary education in French

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.

Canadian Indigenous Applicant Pool

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. 

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements.
  • All eligible First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants will be offered both the MMI and an Indigenous Panel interview.

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:

  • a certified copy of a Status or Treaty card;
  • a certified copy of a Metis membership card;
  • a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card;
  • roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities.

If none of these forms of documentation are available, enquiries may be made to the University of Manitoba Admissions Office regarding other acceptable documentation.

Out of Province Applicant Pool

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 2019-2020 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 MCAT 2015 score lower 515. If you fall into one or both of these categories, you have a low chance of receiving an invitation to an interview.