How does the admissions process work?
Registration is run on a first-come-first-served basis. Once you have registered for the program and paid the fees, you will receive an email confirming that we have received it. This email should come to you within a couple of days of receiving the application. The confirmation email will contain more information about supplemental forms and documents which need to be completed as well as an Information Package for Students, Parents, and Guardians. Please ensure that you complete this supplemental information by May 22, 2018. If the program is currently full, you can always sign up for the mailing list.
What are the admissions criteria?
Students applying to the University of Toronto’s Med YSP must have completed grade 10 or 11 by July 1st, 2018. Students who are currently in grades 9 and 12 are unfortunately not eligible for Med YSP. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis.
I’m going into grade 10 next year. Can I apply to the Med YSP?
Unfortunately, no. You must be currently enrolled in Grades 10 and 11 for the 2017-2018 school year (or going into Grades 11 and 12 in the Fall of 2018) to be eligible for the Med YSP.
I’m going into grade 9 next year. Can I apply to the Med YSP?
Unfortunately, no. The Med YSP is only available for students currently enrolled in grades 10 and 11.
How is the day structured?
Each module runs from Monday to Friday, from 9AM to 5PM with a one hour break for lunch. There are labs and lectures in the morning and afternoon. Please note despite our best efforts, sometimes scientific experiments will run after 5PM and we encourage students to stay behind to finish them. That is called science!
Can I apply to the Research in the medical sciences module for 2018?
Unfortunately no. The research module is not being offered in 2018.
How much does the program cost?
You can find out more about the relevant fees associated with the program in the Fees & Dates
What does the program fee include?
Here is a list of what is included in the cost:
– Academic Content
– Program Materials
– Cost of all supplies and reagents
– Supervision by highly trained instructors
– Opportunities to learn about university life and admissions processes
– Career talks with professionals in their respective fields
– Memories to last a lifetime
Please note fees do not include accommodations, meals or transport to and from the program. For more information please visit the fees and dates
Are there scholarships available?
Yes, Scholarships are available to Canadian students to assist with program fees for the Faculty of Medicine’s Youth Summer Program (MED YSP). Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and excellent academic merit.
The scholarship will allow the successful applicant to attend any of the four modules (Human Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, or Microbiology) for duration of one-week. The scholarship includes the registration fee and payment of the program. The cost of transportation to and from the program, lunch, and accommodation is not included in the scholarship. Additional scholarships are available to students who identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, non-Status, etc.).
The application process differs for the scholarship, as they are more comprehensive. Please do NOT register for the program if you plan on applying for the scholarship as a certain number of spots are reserved for scholarship students. Click here to obtain more information on how to apply. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is lunch provided?
Meals are not included in the program fees. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch or to buy lunch at the various cafeterias, restaurants, and food trucks in the surrounding vicinity to UofT.
How many students can register for the YSP?
There is limited space available in the Medicine YSP. For the Med YSP, there is a maximum enrollment of 120 students per week. The program tends to fill up quickly, so we recommend enrolling as soon as possible.
What kind of supervision is provided?
Students are supervised by lab instructors who are highly motivated and knowledgeable in the material while being well versed in health and safety protocols. The instructors are great resources for high school students, as they have all been through exactly what you’re going through right now! Questions about university? Life in general? Ask away!
Is there a wait list available?
Yes. Wait lists are available as spots may open up due to cancellations. The wait lists are carried out on a first-come, first-served basis. We will email the parent/guardians of the first person on the waiting list if a space becomes available.
When is the application deadline?
There is no official deadline for applications to the YSP. The programs, however, are available to a limited numbers of students. Therefore, we HIGHLY suggest that you register as soon as possible.
Is there internet access?
Students will have access to the University of Toronto’s WiFi network in the Medical Sciences Building.
What will I need in the way of spending money?
Aside from the cost of transport, students may wish to buy lunch, snacks, or drinks on campus. If students are planning on buying lunch, we suggest you budget $10-$15/meal. The rest is at your discretion. As of September 2011, the University of Toronto is bottled water free. This means that there is no sale or distribution of bottled water and there are water filling stations available in the Medical Sciences Building and around the campus.
Is there a dress code?
During class, students enrolled in the Med YSP are REQUIRED to wear closed toed shoes and long pants (jeans are fine) during all labs. In addition, if you have long hair please bring a hair tie or another method to tie hair back.
Does the YSP offer either high school or university credit?
No, the YSP are non-credit courses – though they’ll look great on your resumes and in your university applications!
Will attending the YSP guarantee me admission into the Faculty of Medicine?
No. Although participation in the YSP program will look very good on a resume, it is an enrichment program and cannot be exchanged for any academic credit. Additionally, studies in medicine are post-graduate, which means you have to complete at least three years of undergraduate studies before you can apply to the Faculty of Medicine.
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