Indigenous Applicants

The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants. We encourage you to self-identify in your application and to contact us if you have any questions about our programs or processes. We also have a specific application pathway for First Nations and Inuit students who are residents of Quebec.

 

                McGill's annual Pow Wow hosted by First Peoples' House

The Indigenous Health Professions Program in the Faculty of Medicine facilitates Outreach visits and programs for youth, and supports prospective Indigenous applicants to all health professions programs at McGill.  

The Faculty of Medicine offers an Indigenous Health Curriculum to all Medical students, which includes required and elective teaching and clinical opportunities focused on Indigenous healthcare topics. Clinical rotations in Indigenous communities are available for interested students.

 


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First Nations & Inuit (residents of Quebec)

The province of Quebec created a Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program (QFNIFMP) in 2008.  Every year, 4 students from Quebec who have First Nations or Inuit status may be admitted to the program.  Selected applicants commit to being available for mentoring/tutoring provided by the First Nations or Inuit and the faculties of medicine involved in the program throughout the duration of their studies.

The four QFNIFMP places are shared by the four Quebec faculties of medicine (Université Laval, Université de Montréal, McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke). The choice of university is based on a candidate’s preference, as well as available places within those faculties. NB: You must submit an application for each Faculty of Medicine to which you are seeking admission, respecting their deadlines.

Requirements

  • be First Nations under the Indian Act(RSC, C1-5)or Inuit(registered in the Inuit client registry) and confirmed status as a member of the First Nations or Inuit of Quebec. Valid status must be confirmed with the QFNIFMP coordinator and a copy of the status card must be submitted to the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC, Wendake) by March 12, 2019);
    • Contact P​​​​rogram coordinator, Yves Sioui Yves.Sioui [at] cssspnql.com, or 418-842-1540, ext. 2710, as soon as possible to confirm First Nations or Inuit status. Mr. Sioui is happy to answer any questions you may have about the QFNIFMP program.
  • be a Quebec resident;
  • declare your First Nations or Inuit status on your application form;
  • have a minimum R-score of 28 (for admission to Med-P); or the equivalent CGPA (approximately 3.2/4.0) for admission to MDCM
  • meet all other general requirements for admission to the MDCM program (university applicants) or Med-P program (CEGEP applicants);
  • submit your application and required supporting documents by November1 (university applicants) or March 1 (CEGEP applicants)

 

Choosing to declare your status

  • Self-identification is entirely optional for Indigenous applicants; furthermore, self-identification can in no way negatively impact the admission decision. McGill recognizes that Indigenous applicants, their communities and connections between the two are extremely varied. For some, Indigenous identity and community connection runs deep, for others it is less significant. If you consider yourself as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, we hope that you will self-identify on your McGill application.
  • Quebec-resident applicants with First Nations or Inuit status must declare and confirm their status if they wish to be considered for the QFNIFMP pathway.  All QFNIFMP applications will also simultaneously be considered in the general Quebec cohort (applications will be evaluated according to the standard selection processes for this cohort and the First Nations and Inuit cohort. It is therefore possible for a candidate’s application to be assessed in both applicant pools.
  • Applicants who choose not to declare their First Nations or Inuit status will be assessed in the same pool as the general Quebec university cohort (MDCM program) or CEGEP cohort (Med-P program).

 

QFNIFMP Selection Process

Prescreening is based on the academic record (CEGEP R-Score or university CGPA converted to the R score equivalent). Approximately 14 candidates will be selected to continue on in the admissions process. They will be notified by e-mail with information on subsequent steps in March.

The final rank order list will be weighted according to the following criteria:

  • Academic record: 25%;
  • One-on-one interview at the FNQLHSSC (Wendake) April 5, 2019 :25%;
  • First Nations or Inuit standardized autobiographical essay (NASPN-I) which must be e-mailed to Sandrine Charrette-Martineau, admissions coordinator for PFMPNIQ, (deadline April 18, 2019)admission.med [at] fmed.ulaval.ca"> admission.med [at] fmed.ulaval.ca,: 25%
  • Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI) at McGill University (April 16, 2019) in the language of your choice (English or French): 25%.

The Quebec Medical Interfaculty Admissions Committee is responsible for the selection of candidates.

 

Learn more about the benefits of the Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program

The Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program aims to facilitate access to the medical profession for Quebec First Nations and Inuit students. Interested students may access support through the application process, and successful candidates who are ultimately admitted to medical programs benefit from mentoring from First Nations and Inuit doctors and, wherever possible, First Nations or Inuit medical students.

For more information about the Program, click here.

 

 

 

 

Registered Inuit Beneficiaries (residents of Nunavut)

The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from any applicant who is an Inuk, a Canadian citizen, and a Registered Inuit Beneficiary and who is associated with the Nunavut Settlement Area. Eligible candidates will be considered for admission to the MDCM program.

McGill University and the Government of Nunavut have in the past agreed to provide successful candidates with access to academic support, faculty and peer mentoring, and tuition payment by the Government of Nunavut. Note that students may be required to complete a return-to-service agreement.

Candidates may be required to complete a qualifying year before entering the M.D.,C.M. program.

For more information about this possiblity, please contact our office.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants (outside Quebec)

McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine seek to increase the number of qualified Indigenous students gaining admission to, and excelling in, all programs at McGill University. We encourage all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis applicants to identify themselves on their application form, or by contacting our office. This will allow us to provide additional service and information to applicants about supports and funding opportunities for Indigenous students at McGill.

Indigenous applicants who are not Quebec residents will be considered for seats in the Canadian or International residency cohorts, as applicable.

Self-identification is entirely optional for Indigenous applicants; furthermore, self-identification can in no way negatively impact the admission decision. McGill recognizes that Indigenous applicants, their communities and connections between the two are extremely varied. For some, Indigenous identity and community connection runs deep, for others it is less significant. If you consider yourself as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, we hope that you will self-identify on your McGill application.