Through the College of Medicine Aboriginal Admissions Program, people of Indigenous (Métis, Inuit and First Nations) ancestry can apply for admission to the Medical Doctor (MD) program of study. The program is designed to support growth in the number of Aboriginal people becoming doctors in Saskatchewan. Ten percent of the positions available in the MD degree program each year are specifically for applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.
The program is open to all residents of Canada, with preference given to residents of Saskatchewan, the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. (Residency is defined more specifically on the College of Medicine admissions website).
To be considered in the Aboriginal Admissions Program category, indicate on the application form that your ancestry is Aboriginal (proof of ancestry is required). Aboriginalapplicants are required to meet the minimum standards for admission, as described in this brochure.
Pathways to Medicine
Aboriginal Admissions Program
Through the College of Medicine Aboriginal Admissions Program, people of Indigenous (Metis, Inuit and First Nations) ancestry can apply for admission to the Medical Doctor (MD) program of study. The program is designed to support growth in the number of Aboriginal people becoming doctors in Saskatchewan. Ten percent of the positions available in the MD degree program each year are specifically for applicants of Indigenous ancestry.
Aboriginal Student Mentorship Program
Spend either a half or full day with a physician while meeting medical students, doctors, and other health care workers. Contact Valerie Arnault-Pelletier, College of Medicine Aboriginal Coordinator, for more information.
Join staff, faculty and student role models for a day of programming, networking and information about the Indigenous Admissions Program at the University of Saskatchewan. The day will include: Knowledge Keepers, MMI Process and Practice Sessions, MCAT overview and information session, Admissions information, Role Models and Social Accountability Information.
Pre-Health Science Group
Join our Pre-Health Science Group to receive information about events, workshops and scholarships. Contact Louise Ferguson for more information.
Medicine and Health Career Exploration
The College of Medicine at the U of S participates in and offers Indigenous high school students health careers exploration opportunities. Some of these career exploration opportunities include Indigenous Spend a Day, the Northern Lights Health Career Symposium and local events, such as U of S Open House, The Future is Yours Career Fair, and many other career fairs. These various events provide a variety of hands-on, interactive learning opportunities from various health professions, such as reading an x-ray, tours of the Simulated Clinical Care Area of the Clinical Learning Resource Centre (CLRC), traditional medicine lectures, and laparoscopic surgery demonstrations, and other activities. The career fairs also provide opportunities for students to hear stories of inspiration from Indigenous medical role models.
Electives in Indigenous Health
All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle
This unique elective places you in an interdisciplinary team of health care providers and engages you in patient-centered care in a rural community. All Nations Healing Hospital also has a holistic healing center dedicated to residential school outcomes, addictions, abuse, family counseling, and crisis interventions.
Making the Links
Making the Links started in 2005 as a unique service learning experience offered by the College of Medicine. Selected undergraduate medical students experience community health and development in three contexts:
- Urban underserved community at SWITCH (the Student Wellness Initiative Towards Community Health) in Saskatoon
- Remote communities in northern Saskatchewan (Île-à-la-Crosse, Dillon, Kawacatoose, and Pine House)
- International communities globally.
Awards and Scholarships
All University of Saskatchewan student awards can be found on the main 'Awards' page.
- Enter "Indigenous" as a keyword to find awards for Indigenous students.
- Many awards are not college-specific. Don't restrict yourself to searching only for Medicine awards.