Office of Indigenous Health
We work to further Indigenous Medical Education by:
- responding to questions regarding the Indigenous Student Application Program (ISAP)
- developing and supporting Indigenous Programming within Undergraduate Medical Education for students looking to learn about Indigenous concepts of community, health and healing
- supporting Indigenous medical students through scholarships and bursaries
- developing curriculum around Indigenous concepts of health and healing
- creating a culturally safe learning environment for our students within the MD Program
- mentoring students to help them succeed along their chosen path in medicine undertaking Indigenous community outreach
- advocating to address interpersonal and systemic racism in collaboration with the Chief Diversity Officer
- undertaking Indigenous community outreach
Dr. Chase McMurren
Indigenous Medical Education Theme Lead, MD Program
Dr. Lisa Richardson
Vice-Chair, Culture and Inclusion, Department of Medicine
Indigenous Learner Support Program Coordinator
Visit the OIME YouTube channel to view videos from some of our community members who have generously shared their stories with us.
Zka’an Ni-Bmiwdoowin, Gchi-Kinoomaadwinan "Building the Fire, Walking with Medicine"
Currently in our pilot year, this two-week program is a collaboration between the Centre for Wise Practices (WCH), the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs and the Office of Indigenous Health (both U of T). We have identified the need to engage and expose Indigenous youth (grades 9 & 10) to healthcare career opportunities at younger ages to change the future of Indigenous healthcare representation, approaches, and leadership.
With the goal of increasing Indigenous participation in healthcare professions, this innovative and dynamic program will provide youth with culturally safe and trauma informed programming that includes land-based knowledges and relationships with mentors (trusted healthcare practitioners, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Indigenous Medicine People, Healers and Land-based Practitioners). With greater exposure to Indigenous leadership and representation, youth will see their own knowledges, governance systems and healing practices reflected in the environment around them.
How to Apply:
Please complete the online application to apply to the Zka’an Ni-Bmiwdoowin Gchi-Kinoomaadwinanprogram. In the online application you'll be asked to provide your name, your gender, your contact information, the contact information for your parent/guardian, and emergency contact information. To complete the application you’ll be asked to provide a statement of interest that explains "what makes you a good candidate for the Indigenous Youth Summer Healthcare Program." The statement of interest requires some reflection. You are encouraged to write your answer to this question in advance and then cut and paste it into the application form to avoid any disruptions to the application process.
Office of Indigenous Medical Education, Undergraduate Medical Education
Medical Sciences Building, Room 2354
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 1A8