We would like to acknowledge the history of the traditional territory in which the University operates and, we would like to 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 three First Nation communities closest in proximity to Western University are:
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit physicians. Schulich Medicine has designated five seats in each entering class for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students.
Applicants self-identified as Indigenous and one of Canada's First Peoples who wish to be considered for the designated seats must submit the following additional documents to OMSAS by the application deadline. Please click on the headings below to expand for more detailed information about the requirements.
Applicants will be assessed on a balanced portfolio which includes: academic achievements, MCAT scores, letters of support, and a personal statement that provides evidence of long-term involvement in the Indigenous community and the impact of these experiences.
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 the designated seats.
Applicants invited for interview will be welcomed by an interview panel consisting of an Indigenous physician, Indigenous community member, and senior medical student.
Medical students often have concerns about funding their medical education. We encourage you to check into the many financial resources available at Western as well as the many external sources for awards and bursaries which you may be eligible for. Some suggested sources are listed below. Please pay close attention to eligibility and the application deadlines.
For more detailed information and assistance regarding financial aid you may also contact Norma Merino (firstname.lastname@example.org), Western Student Financial Services Officer.
Additional information can be found through Western Indigenous Services.
At Western, in order to be considered for bursaries and need-based awards, an online Admission Bursary Application must be submitted.
The online Admission Bursary Application is available through the Office of the Registrar website.
Medical School candidates may also consider applying for a Schulich Scholarship.
To apply for a Schulich Scholarship you must fill out the above bursary form, as well as the supplemental Schulich Application form, which can be found here.
At Indigenous Services at Western University, we are committed to supporting undergraduate and graduate Indigenous students in reaching their highest potential through encouragement, culturally-responsive programming, and advice from the application process right through to graduation and beyond.
Please see the Indigenous Services website for more detailed information of the support services provided.
Indigenous Services Student Development Centre
Room 2100, Western Student Services Building 1151 Richmond Street
London, ON, N6A 3K7
|At^Lohsa Native Family Healing Services||www.atlohsa.com||1-519-438-0068|
|First Nations Centre Fanshawe College||www.fanshawec.ca/student-life/campus-services/first-peoples-fanshawe/first-nations-centre||1-519-452-4430 x4619|
|Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Center (SOAHAC)||www.soahac.on.ca||1-519-672-4079|
|Oneida Health Center||www.oneida.on.ca/homepage/healthservices/||1-519-652-0500|
|Chippewa Health Center||www.cottfn.com/health-department/||1-519-289-5555|
|SOAHAC on Chippewa||www.soahac.on.ca||1-519-289-0352|
|Nimkee Nupigawagan Healing Centre||www.ysac.info/?page_id=20||1-519-264-2277|
|Wulaawsuwiikaan Healing Lodge||www.facebook.com/Wulaawsuwiikaan/||1-519-289-0148|
|Onyota’a:ka Family Healing Lodge||www.oneida.on.ca/onyotaaka-family-healing-lodge/||1-519-652-0657|
First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants considering a future career in Medicine are welcomed and encouraged to contact: