Student Admissions

Medical schools will work towards admitting a minimum number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students each year by employing distinctions based approaches and practicing holistic file reviews. Robust data collection with appropriate data stewardship agreements will allow for review of progress towards goals at the individual school, provincial and national level.


  1. On November 26, 2018, General Faculties Council unanimously approved the FoMD's proposal to remove the upper limit on Indigenous Admissions beginning in the 2019/2020 intake cycle. All Indigenous applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements and who pass the Indigenous panel interview will be offered admission to the MD Program.

    This historic decision works to redress the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and colonial policies and meaningfully advance the process of reconciliation.

  2. Given the faculty's commitment to implementation of theTRC Calls to Action, on May 10, 2019 Dennis Kunimoto, interim dean, utilized his decanal decision-making authority to ensure all 13 eligible Indigenous applicants were offered admission for the 2018/2019 application cycle.

    Read the announcement here.

Our future

The FoMD remains committed to addressing Call to Action 23 (i) and will increase efforts to attract, recruit and admit Indigenous students and support their distinct needs with holistic and distinctions-based supports and services.

The MD program will also award four new full-tuition scholarships to entering Indigenous students.

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