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Support To Entry Program (STEP)

STEP is designed to address barriers that systemically-disadvantaged groups encounter when preparing to enter medicine and health science studies. It has been developed in collaboration with CSM students.


STEP Initiatives

The Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) recognizes medical institutions' historic exclusion and discrimination against, including but not limited to, people who identify as Black, Racialized, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+, disabled or having diverse abilities, as well as individuals facing financial barriers. To address this, learners who identify with the above and are planning on applying for a CSM program are eligible for STEP. STEP initiatives include:

A workshop with practice MMI cases is offered annually for those STEP applicants who applied for medical school Canada for the upcoming admissions year. 

Mock MMI workshops for medical school typically take place in January and February. STEP participants will be contacted as opportunities arise. 

We are currently working with the Cumming School of Medicine's Master of Physician Assistant program to offer tailored MMI workshops for 2025. 

STEP participants will be contacted as opportunities arise. 

STEP participants are eligible to register for a free in-person MCAT Preparation course taking place in Calgary on May 25 & 26 and June 1 & 2.

Learn more here. The course is currently full however please complete the registration form to be placed on the wait list. 

We thank the University of Toronto Community of Support (COS) Program for their assistance in developing this course.

 A limited number of MCAT resource materials to help applicants prepare for the MCAT exam are available, such as donated previously-used books.

Prospective applicants will be matched with a current student at CSM who will provide guidance related to the application process, interview support, and general questions about medical and/or graduate health science studies.  The mentorship program is available for those applying for medical school and those applying to enter graduate health science.


Questions? Email us at step@ucalgary.ca