Community of Support
The MD Program is committed to the principles of equity and diversity and we recognize the importance of having a health care community that reflects the diversity of Canadian society.
The Community of Support program exists as a collaborative initiative with the goal of increasing the number of students that are Indigenous, Black, Filipino, Latin American, economically disadvantaged, non-traditional (ie mature students) or who self-identify with having a disability in Temerty Medicine’s MD program, and in medical school in general. Being a member of the Community of Support will provide you with access to the following opportunities:
Admissions information: one-on-one advising and access to admissions events
Access to mentors (medical students, physicians, peer support communities) and experiences (research, leadership and volunteer opportunities, enrichment courses)
Support at each stage of the application process – i) MCAT preparation, ii) CASPer preparation, iii) 1-1 support with the medical school application, and iv) school-specific interview preparation
COS also supports students that have interests in other health professional programs within Temertty Medicine including Medical Radiation Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Basic Sciences.
To join, please complete the Community of Support form
If you are interested in volunteering with the COS, please complete the Volunteering Opportunities Form.
AFMC MCAT Fee assistance program
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is offering a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees, in financial need, who register for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) for the 2020 and 2021 testing years. The AAMC and the AFMC are committed to providing support to Canadian students who would be unable to take the MCAT® without financial assistance. This will contribute to a diversity of students enrolled in Canadian medical schools.
If paying for MCAT expenses out of pocket would be challenging for you, please consider applying! The second cycle of applications is currently open until March 7th, 2021. To check your eligibility and apply, refer to AFMC's website here.
- Access Alliance
- Black Physicians Association of Ontario (BPAO)
- Dalhousie University Promoting Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians (PLANS)
- Filipino Association of Medical Students (FAMS)
- Heartline - Affordable First Aid and CPR Education
- Western University, Schulich Medicine MD Program Admissions
- McMaster University MD program
- McGill University’s Office of Social Accountability and Community Engagement (SACE) in the Faculty of Medicine
- Medical Student Accessibility Network (MSAN)
- National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
- Sinai Health Systems
- University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine - Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Enrolment Services Office and the Office of Indigenous Health,
- University of Toronto Black Medical Students' Association (U of T BMSA)
- University of Ottawa Black Medical Students' Association
- Women's College Hospital