MD Program

Indigenous Applicants


The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has positions reserved for Indigenous applicants. There is no designated number of positions. These applicants must meet all minimum requirements during the application process including, but not limited to, minimum cGPA, minimum MCAT scores, successful completion of the interview process, etc. We offer these positions over and above those who receive offers of admission through the regular process. These positions are to promote applicants who come from and have an understanding of rural, remote, northern, or indigenous communities who may have the goal of returning to practice in these communities.

Definition of Aboriginal People for the Purpose of Admission:

For the purpose of application and admission to the University of Alberta, and in accordance with the Constitution Act, 1982, Part II, Section 35(2), an Aboriginal applicant is an Indian, Inuit, or Métis person of Canada, or a person who is accepted by one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada as a member of their community.

Applicants who wish to be considered for these positions, in addition to the regular process, should provide the following supporting documentation by the October 1 deadline:

1. A personal statement that describes your involvement in or connection to Indigenous communities or organizations, submitted through the Secondary Medicine Application.
2. If you feel it would strengthen your application, you are welcome to provide us with a reference letter from someone who could also attest to your involvement or connection to Indigenous communities or organizations. This should be submitted directly to the Indigenous Health Initiatives office.
3. Notarized proof of Indigenous ancestry as outlined in the University of Alberta Calendar, submitted directly to the Indigenous Health Initiatives office.

Indigenous applicants who are invited for interview are invited to participate in the Indigenous Panel Interview in addition to the MD Program Interview.

All Indigenous students who are interested in the Doctor of Medicine Program are encouraged to contact the Indigenous Health Initiatives Program.

Indigenous Health Initiatives Program
2-115 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 1C9
Tel: 780-492-9526