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Application Evaluation and Competitions

There are approximately 750 applications received for the 80 places available each year. The majority of the places are reserved for applicants who are bona fide residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (with seats for Aboriginal applicants). There are a limited number of places for applicants who are residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Other Canadian Provinces/Non-Canadians.

The following is a breakdown of the approximate number of applications and places:

Competition Approximate # of Applications Received  Approximate # of Places Available 
Newfoundland and Labrador

(Aboriginal Applicants)


New Brunswick 85 10
Prince Edward Island 40 4
*Other Canadian Provinces/Non-Canadian 360 6

* Applicants should be aware of the intense competition for the limited number of places available in this category.

An Admissions Committee of 19 members and an Interview Committee of about 150 members are involved in the admissions process. Both committees have representatives from the clinical faculty, biomedical sciences faculty, university and medical school administration, medical students, medical association, rural regions, Aboriginal community and the general public.

The names and any identifying information are removed from the applicant's file before the Admissions Committee's review.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their qualifications following an extensive review by the Admissions Committee using input from the Interview Committee. The selection process is conducted with the utmost fairness and equity without bias. Every attempt is made to avoid having undue influence on the selection process. Canvassing committee members by applicants, family members, or affiliated parties is prohibited and will require these committee members to remove themselves from consideration of these applicants.

What follows is an approximate idea of how the Admissions Committee approaches the decision-making process. All the following criteria are important. The order in which they appear here is incidental and does not in any way indicate the priority the Admissions Committee places on each.

Academic Record/MCAT Scores

We do not have a minimum cumulative GPA or MCAT scores.   Applicants are assessed on an individual basis and we use a holistic approach whereby we consider along with an applicant’s academic history, the personal characteristics including the educational, socioeconomic, and geographic background, taking into consideration the personal circumstances and potential disadvantaging factors.  Our process is inclusive rather than exclusive.  Applicants who would not be interviewed on the basis of academics alone but whose files, on the basis on the academic performance as well as personal components, merit consideration are not arbitrarily removed from the pool.  

For previous entering classes, the average MCAT scores have been approximately 10's on each section for the old MCAT, 127 on each section for the new MCAT and an overall academic average/GPA of approximately 3.70.
For grade conversion to Memorial University Grading System, please click here.(pdf)

Personal Qualities

The Admissions Committee seeks in applicants the same humanistic qualities and attitudes that our medical school considers essential in a physician: integrity, a respect for others’ choices and rights, compassion, empathy, personal insight, ability to communicate effectively and relate to people, maturity and motivation.

The Admissions Committee uses several methods to evaluate these intangible, but vital characteristics, and applicants are encouraged to complete fully the application to describe them:

a) The Admissions Committee takes into account work experience and extracurricular activities such as volunteer work, health related activities, community involvement, sports activities, and any other activities/information as given by the applicant;

The Admissions Committee appreciates that not all applicants have equal opportunities.  It is important to note that preference is not given to the type of work experience or choice of extracurricular activities. Rather, the Admissions Committee is looking for a consistency of both work experience and extracurricular activities and a demonstrated propensity on the part of the applicant to be'involved and contributing to their community'. An applicant may be disadvantaged financially or geographically etc. and their employment history and extracurricular activities may not be as structured as those of other applicants, but circumstances will be considered.  Applicants are encouraged to record all work experience and any community involvement including unstructured activities wherein they give back to their community.

b) The Admissions Committee takes into account the autobiographical information

Reference Letters 

One academic reference is preferred. These documents may give the Admissions Committee extra information about your abilities, accomplishments, and academic performance record. Therefore, your referees should be people who know you well enough to write valuable and relevant comments.

Interview Process

Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine is using a hybrid of a Traditional Interview and Multiple-Mini Interviews (TaMMI).

The Admissions Committee may request a candidate to attend a TaMMI.

The TaMMI will consist of:

1)  One 30 minute two person panel traditional interview, which is designed to get to know the candidate and may cover topics such as decision making, life experiences, interactions with others, and what a candidate sees in their future, and;

2)   Eight (ten minute) Multiple-Mini Interview stations with one assessor at each station with scenarios meant to evoke organic reactions and stimulate discussion.

The scores attained in the TaMMI will be combined with scores on other aspects of the application and will be used by the Admissions Committee to select a class.

The Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland is committed to ensuring the best admissions processes are used to select medical students. As part of our commitment to this, we have developed a bespoke Situational Judgement Test to measure competencies that are important to a medical student at Memorial University. The SJT will be administered as part of the interview day. Applicants will take a 30 minute written SJT under test conditions. Candidates will be presented with a set of hypothetical scenarios, which are based in either a community or healthcare setting or during educational training for a medical career and will be asked to rate the desirability of a series of options in response to the scenario.
The scores attained in the SJT will be combined with scores on other aspects of the application and will be used by the Admissions Committee to select the class.
Please follow the link below for an example of a SJT:

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