Seat Allocation & Competition Pools

There are 80 seats available each year for which 750-800+ applications are received. Sixty of these seats are reserved for applicants who are bona fide residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (this includes 3 seats for Aboriginal applicants). The remaining seats are held for applicants who are residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Other Canadian Provinces/Non-Canadians.

A breakdown of the approximate number of applications and places is below:

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 & International 400+ 6

*Due to the intense competition within this category, applicants should be very competitive academically and well-rounded in extra-curricular activities with sufficient work experience and excellent references to be considered for an interview.

An Admissions Committee and an Interview Committee are involved in the admissions process. The Admission Committee has representatives from the clinical faculty, biomedical sciences faculty, university and medical school administration, medical students, medical association, rural regions, the Aboriginal community, and the general public while the Interview Committee is composed of staff and faculty.

All identifying information is removed from the applicant's file before the Admissions Committee's review.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their qualifications after an extensive review by the Admissions Committee using input from the Interview Committee. The selection process is conducted with the utmost fairness and equity and 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 strictly prohibited and will require these committee members to remove themselves from consideration of these applicants.