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How We Select

The intention of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is to prepare students to become physicians who have the capacity and flexibility to select any area in the broad field of medicine. The applicant is selected with this goal in mind. Faculty, medical students and members of the community are involved in the review of applications. 

Approximately 550 applicants will be invited to Hamilton for an interview in March or April of the year of entry. The selection of these applicants is based on the composite score which weights the grade point average from the Academic Assessment, the MCAT Verbal Reasoning OR Critical Analysis and Reasoning score, and scores from CASPer.

Geographic consideration is applied to determine the composition of the pool of applicants that are selected for interview (Geographical Status).

Because the interviews involve many other people, applicants must attend on the date and time specified. Applicants are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Due to the nature of the Multiple Mini-Interview, video-conference or telephone interviews are not possible.

Participation in the Interview process does not assume any previous health care knowledge. Applicants are not assessed on their knowledge of a specific health care problem.

Review of Admission Decisions

No appeal procedure shall be available for decisions on admission to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. Such decisions may be reviewed within the following framework:

  1. An applicant to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine who believes that the admission decision is incorrect, or based on incorrect or incomplete information, may, within one week of receiving the decision, request a review of that decision by writing to the Admissions Officer, MD Program, stating why she/he thinks the decision should be reviewed.  The Admissions Officer will gather the information for review by the Chair, MD Admissions.
  2. The Chair, MD Admissions shall determine whether the information on which the decision was based was incomplete or incorrect and, if so, shall refer the request for review by the MD Admissions Committee. The MD Admissions Committee shall make a final decision and report it to the Admissions Officer, MD Program, who shall then convey the decision in writing to the student.

For your interest, statistics on the background of our current students is made available to you:

Class of 2019

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

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