Affirmative Action Statement

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Committed to our social accountability, Dalhousie, Faculty of Medicine recognizes that education equity and affirmative action processes are required to increase the admission of and number of graduates from underrepresented groups, specifically African Nova Scotians and Indigenous persons of the Maritime region who have a substantial connection with the Indigenous community.

Applicants must voluntarily self-identify in Section 1 (checklist item 4 of 10) of the application form in order to be considered for admission under the Affirmative Action Statement.

Minimum academic and non-academic requirements are required for all prospective medical students. Applicants who voluntarily self-identify and apply under the Affirmative Action Statement are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the study of medicine rather than in relation to other candidates.

Indigenous students

Dalhousie Medicine’s Indigenous Health Program focuses on the recruitment and retention of Indigenous students into medicine.  The program also aims to address the recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and further Dalhousie’s commitment to social accountability to the maritime Indigenous population.  The program is available to all Indigenous applicants, providing mentoring (peer and professional) as well as admissions interview preparation.  If you would like to learn more or come to the admissions interview preparation session,
please contact ihim@dal.ca.

African Nova Scotian students

Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians (or PLANS) is a program at Dalhousie University that supports the recruitment and retention of students of African descent in medicine, dentistry, as well as all other health professions (www.dal.ca/health/plans).  PLANS is available to all applicants of African descent, providing mentoring (peer and professional) as well as interview preparation.  If you would like to learn more or come to the interview preparation session, please contact plans@dal.ca