Indigenous Applicants

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 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. In addition Indigenous applicants may also be eligible for the RSPP (Rural and Small Populations Pathway) if they attended high school in a small community.

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

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

Contact the Indigenous Health Professions Program for information about their services and events!

Learn about McGill's First Peoples' House - a home away from home on campus

Come to a Medicine Admissions recruitment event 

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 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.  There are up to 6 positions.  Students must be from Quebec and have First Nations or Inuit status to be admitted to the program.  Selected applicants commit to being available for mentoring/tutoring provided by the Indigenous services unit of the Faculty of Medicine to which they are admitted throughout the duration of their studies.

The six 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 early-March (date tbc);
    • Contact Program coordinator, Kathleen Jourdain Kathleen.Jourdain [at] cssspnql.com, or 418-842-1540, as soon as possible to confirm First Nations or Inuit status. Ms. Jourdain is happy to answer any questions you may have about the QFNIFMP program. She will inform you of the method of validation of your First Nations or Inuit status of Quebec. In all instances a copy of your status needs to be sent to the attention of Kathleen Jourdain by mail or in person to the CSSPNQL of Wendake:

      CSSPNQL
      250, place Chef Michel Laveau, local 102
      Wendake (Québec) G0A 4V0
       
  • Be a Quebec resident;
  • Declare your First Nations or Inuit status on your application form;
  • Have a minimum R-score of 28 or more (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

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

If your application is retained after the 1st selection level (the evaluation of your academic file), you will need to fulfill 3 other steps:

  1. Individual interview
  2. First Nations or Inuit standardized autobiographical letter
  3. Mini-multiple interviews (MMI) (at McGill University)

You will receive by email the information pertaining to the next step: important dates.

Please take note of the following information:

Individual interview will take place in April 2021 (date tbc)

An information session on all the medical education programs and campus locations of the different universities will take place in April 2021 (date tbc)

First Nations or Inuit standardized autobiographical letter needs to be sent by email to Sandrine Charette_Martineau, coordinator of PFMPNIQ admissions to: admission.med [at] fmd.ulaval.ca no later than April 2021 (date tbc)

The MMIs (at McGill University) will take place in the language of your preference (English or French) April, 2021 (date tbc)

Important: Based on your academic dossier,  if you have also applied to a university other than McGill, your participation in the integrated francophone MMIs (Laval, Montréal or Sherbrooke) may be required on April 2021 (date tbc).  
 

Final Selection

If you have completed the selection process, you are now part of the final selection for the First Nations and Inuit of Quebec.

Please take note: Being part of the final selection does not guarantee that you will receive an offer to the program.

The final selection is based on the results you will have obtained during the 4 steps of the selection process in the following order:

  1. Academic dossier: 25%
  2. Individual Interview: 25%
  3. First Nations or Inuit standardized autobiographical letter: 25%
  4. MMI results: 25%


The QFNIFMP medicine interfaculty admissions committee of Quebec will validate the list of candidates that will be invited to the different steps, as well as the list of selected candidates. For equity, the 4 faculties of medicine in Quebec have agreed to not provide any feedback to any candidate on their performance at the individual interview, the First Nations or Inuit standardized autobiographical letter or their performance during the MMIs.

Details

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 possibility, 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.

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