Quota Positions

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has quota positions reserved for Rural and Indigenous applicants. These applicants must meet all minimum requirements. 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.

  • Rural Positions

    We reserve up to 10 positions each year for qualified Albertan rural applicants. Applicants are flagged as being rural based on geographic information submitted as part of the Secondary Medicine Application.


    To be considered for one of our rural positions, you must be considered a resident of Alberta and have lived for 3+ nonconsecutive years between the ages of 12 and 18 in a community within Canada which meets rurality based on primary residence postal code.
  • Indigenous Positions

    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.

    We reserve up to 5 positions each year for qualified Indigenous applicants. Applicants who wish to be considered for one of the quota positions should provide the following supporting documentation to the Admissions, MD Program office 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 Admissions, MD Program office.
    3. Notarized proof of Indigenous ancestry as outlined in the University of Alberta Calendar, submitted directly to the Admissions, MD Program 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: 780-492-8928
    Email: ihi@ualberta.ca