We acknowledge the history of the traditional territory in which the University operates and respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario. The Attawandaran (Neutral) peoples once settled this region alongside the Algonquin and Haudenosaunee peoples, and used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.
The three longstanding Indigenous groups of this geographic region are:
The Haudenosaunee Peoples
The Anishinaabe Peoples
The Leni-Lunaape Peoples
The three First Nation communities closest in proximity to Western University are:
Chippewa of the Thames First Nation
Oneida Nation of the Thames
For more information about Indigenous communities in proximity to the University, please visit Western's Indigenous Services website.
As a demonstration of our commitment to help increase the number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit physicians, Schulich Medicine designates 5 seats in each entering class for Indigenous students.
Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous and who wish to be considered for one of the 5 designated seats must submit the following additional documents to OMSAS by the application deadline:
Applications are assessed holistically based on GPA and MCAT scores, Confidential Assessment Forms and Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch, as well as a Personal Statement and Letters of Support from Indigenous communities or organizations as described above.
Only in exceptional circumstances will Indigenous applicants with a GPA of less than 3.30 or MCAT scores below the 50th percentile be considered for a designated seat.
The interviews are 45-minutes duration, structured and standardized. Applicants invited to interview will be welcomed by an interview panel consisting of an Indigenous physician, an Indigenous community member, and a senior medical student.
Each candidate invited to interview must also participate in a brief online component comprised of reading and then summarizing a passage according to instructions.
Medical students often have concerns about funding their medical education. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to explore financial resources offered by Western and external sources.
For assistance regarding Western financial aid, contact Norma Merino (firstname.lastname@example.org), Western Student Financial Services Officer.
External Resources for Financial Assistance
First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants considering a future career in Medicine are welcomed and encouraged to contact:
Adrean Angles, Indigenous Liaison
t. 519.661.2111, ext.80280