Admissions

Admission process for First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis candidates

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa has established a dedicated admission process for candidates of Aboriginal ancestry as part of its mission to improve access to better health care for First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis peoples, and to better serve society’s needs.

First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis candidates who meet the stipulated admission eligibility requirements for the UGME program will compete for a designated number of admission positions. Currently, up to seven seats are reserved through this admission process. Admission bursaries and other financial assistance may be available for successful applicants, pending needs. We invite you to self-identify if you are First Nation, Inuit or Métis on your admission application.

Applicants who wish to be considered via this dedicated admission process must complete the full application at the Ontario Medical Schools Application Service (OMSAS), along with additional required documents.

Applicants of Aboriginal ancestry may choose to study in the English or French language stream. Your choice of language of instruction must be indicated on your application. For more information please visit the choice of language of instruction page.

First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis candidates who are invited to an interview are assessed by an Aboriginal Admissions Subgroup. A composite score of the interview assessment, combined with the WGPA, is then calculated and a final selection is made for the offers of admission.

Required documents for First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis candidates

If you identify as First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis on your application, you must submit following documentation:

  • Proof of Aboriginal ancestry
  • A letter that includes the following:
    • A declaration of Aboriginal ancestry with specific information about your First Nation, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation
    • A request for consideration under the alternate admissions process
    • Details on your academic and personal background
    • An explanation of your reasons and motivation for wishing to become a physician
  • A letter of recommendation from your First Nation, Band Council, Tribal Council, community or organizational affiliation.

This additional documentation must be submitted directly to OMSAS, along with transcripts and academic documents by the OMSAS deadline.

Checklist: Admission Process for First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis Candidates

  • Verify that you will meet the admission eligibility requirements for the UGME program.
  • Choose your preferred language of instruction.
  • Collect all supporting documents for self-identified First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis applicants that are required to be included with your OMSAS application.
  • Apply to OMSAS, with all supporting documents, by the deadline.
  • Selected candidates are invited to an interview. Applicants who are being considered via the dedicated admissions process are interviewed by the Aboriginal Admissions Subgroup.
  • The Faculty of Medicine issues offers to successful candidates.
  • The Aboriginal Program contacts new students admitted via the dedicated admissions process to offer supports.

For all questions regarding admissions, please call our admissions team at 613 562-5409 or by email at admissmd@uottawa.ca

Resources

Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada
http://ipac-amic.org/

Our Stories: How we Became Doctors
http://ipac-amic.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IPAC-Role-Model-Book.pdf

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