2024 Admissions

McGill Black Candidate Pathway

PDF icon Black Candidates Pathway Overview

This pathway is aligned with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) Diversity and Social Accountability statements and the Faculty’s and University’s Action Plans to Address Anti-Black Racism. The MDCM Admissions Committee looks forward to welcoming excellent candidates from diverse backgrounds to the McGill community and to increasing the number of professionals from underrepresented populations in medicine.

The Committee also recognizes the invaluable input it received throughout the creation of this pathway from members of the Faculty’s Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE), the Black Medical Student Association of Canada, and the Dr. Kenneth Melville McGill Black Faculty and Staff Caucus.

Admissions criteria 

This application stream is open to Quebec Resident Med-P (CEGEP level) and  Quebec Resident MDCM (University level) candidates who self-identify as Black. There is no limited number of seats for admission. All candidates who apply through the pathway will be simultaneously considered in the general Quebec cohort and may receive an invitation to interview through either pathway.

Academic and Non-Academic Excellence Criteria

  • GPA or R-score, CASPer and CV scores must be comparable to other applicants in the Quebec applicant pool.

The academic scores of the last candidate invited to interview in the general Quebec cohort last year are provided below; while the exact scores can vary from year to year, all candidates close to this score or above are encouraged to apply:

  • University-level: GPA 3.5/4.0
  • Cegep level: 33.0 R-score

Admission involves a holistic assessment approach that takes into account academic and non-academic criteria as well as life experience.

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement that contextualizes their life experience. Black community members and health professional admissions file reviewers will review each personal statement. This step in the candidate selection process was developed in conjunction with stakeholder input and is aligned with the CanMeds roles and values used for all admissions processes.

How to apply

  • University-level and CEGEP-level applicants: Indicate that you wish to be considered in the McGill Black Candidate Pathway on the online application system. 
  • Self-identification and participation in this pathway are optional and can in no way negatively impact the admission decision. Therefore, we hope that you will choose to self-identify on your McGill application.

To be considered for the pathway, you must:

Personal Statement

The personal statement will be completed on the online application system.  Here is the template below for your reference:

Please see the pages Non-academic criteria and the CV instructions to learn more about the competencies that are important for the Medicine program.

Final Selection:

Candidates will proceed to the Mini Multiple Interviews (MMIs) if they have been endorsed by the file reviewers. Offers of admission will be based on MMI performance within the Quebec resident MDCM or Med-P cohorts.


Candidates will have support from the Social Accountability and Community Engagement (SACE) Office during the application process. To contact them, send an email to sace.med [at] mcgill.ca

For more information about Social Accountability at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, please consult this webpage.

Community of Support Program. We encourage current and future applicants to join now.


For questions pertaining to the admissions requirements, contact: admofficer.med [at] mcgill.ca

Please view the presentation from the February 1, 2024 information session for CEGEP level applicants: PDF icon cegep_level_applicants_to_bcp_feb_1.pdf

Please view the presentation from the September 21, 2023 information session for University level applicants: PDF icon university-level_black_applicants-information_session_-_sep_21_2023.pdf

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