Call to enroll more Indigenous students in med schools – Elliotlake Today

Concern is that social conditions prevent far too many Indigenous students from being able to qualify for admission to medical school

A new article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is advocating for more Indigenous students to be enrolled in Canada’s medical schools.

The commentary was published in this week’s online edition of the CMAJ under the headline “Ensuring incoming cohorts of medical students better represent the diversity of Canada’s Indigenous communities.”

The article was written by Nicholas Brisebois and Nicole Cardinal representing the Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta in Edmonton; Postgraduate Medical Education & Indigenous Health Initiatives Program (Cardinal), University of Alberta. As part of their research, they used data from NOSM University, formerly the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

The authors wrote that Indigenous students from reserves, rural and Northern communities continue to be under-represented in Canadian medical schools, which likely contributes substantially to ongoing health inequities in these communities.

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