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UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY PATHWAYS TO MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIP

Submitted by aedowd on Tue, 01/05/2016 - 4:53pm

Do you dream of being a doctor but medical school seems out of reach?

If you have the brains, passion and dedication to pursue it, a career in medicine is within your grasp.

The Cumming School of Medicine has designed the new Pathways to Medicine Scholarship program to support the enrolment and success of future MD students from traditionally under-represented groups throughout Alberta.

The scholarship includes tuition support for your choice of University of Calgary undergraduate program, a relocation allowance if you need it, supports a paid summer internship, and connects you with mentors from the faculty, student body and community. When you complete your undergraduate degree you are guaranteed admission (assuming certain criteria are met) into the university’s MD program.

If you’re a graduating high school student from anywhere in Alberta and you want to help people live healthier lives, your pathway to medicine could start right now.

  • Apply to the University of Calgary by March 1, 2017
  • Complete the preliminary application as per the 2016/2017 deadlines
  • Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Applicant Manual - 2016/2017 Application Cycle information will be available on or before November 1, 2016

Five students will receive:

  • Tuition and fees: $5,000/year (for four years)
  • Relocation allowance: up to $1,000
  • Summer internship: $6,000 (in third year)

Listen to more information about the Pathways to Medicine Scholarship in this CBC Calgary Eyeopener interview with Dr. Ian Walker.

**NEW opportunities available for Cumming School of Medicine faculty and students to get involved with Pathways.  See details HERE.

Questions?

Email: pathways@ucalgary.ca

Program Description

The Pathways to Medicine Scholarship program is designed for graduating high school students with an explicit interest in pursuing a career in medicine. 

The scholarship is modeled on similar programs in the United States, and is rooted in the results of a faculty-wide survey in 2014 in which ‘supporting access to under-represented populations (of low socioeconomic status, Aboriginal ancestry and/or from a rural community)’ was ranked as a high priority for education.

The program will provide financial support to assist with tuition and fees (four years, undergraduate program), a relocation allowance and a paid summer internship after the third year, along with support and mentorship from faculty, students and the community.

Students must secure admission into any undergraduate program at the University of Calgary and will be expected to participate regularly in an MD preparatory program within the Cumming School of Medicine.

Upon completion of their undergraduate degree, participants will be granted guaranteed admission to the University of Calgary MD program, subject to the fulfillment of predefined MD admission criteria (GPA, MCAT and interview requirements).

Number / Value

Five students per year will receive:

  • Tuition and fees assistance: $5,000/year (for four years)
  • Relocation allowance: up to $1,000
  • Summer internship: $6,000 (in third year)

Award Criteria

  • Applicants must apply to their undergraduate degree program of choice at the University of Calgary independently.
  • The scholarship applies only to studies at the University of Calgary.
  • Applicants must be residents of Alberta as defined by the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) Admission Policy. See MD Program Applicant Manual
  • Only students from a low socioeconomic status background are eligible for this scholarship. Some preference will be given to applicants who are also of Aboriginal ancestry and/or from a rural community.
    • Note: Low socioeconomic status is defined as having an average gross family income (as reported on line 260 of parental and personal tax returns) that is 1.5 times or less than the Statistics Canada before tax “low income cut offs” (LICO) for the past three years. More information can be found in the Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Applicant Manual.
    • Note: Neither parent can hold a Masters, PhD or professional level degree.
    • Note: Rural is defined as having graduated high school in a community of less than 15,000 inhabitants.
    • Note: Aboriginal applicants must provide a status card/certificate of Indian Status or offer other documentation of aboriginal ancestry. Metis applicants must provide a valid Metis membership card issued by a recognized provincial Metis organization associated with the Metis National Council.
  • All applicants must be sponsored by a community organization, Aboriginal group or rural community, who must, at the time of application, identify a community mentor for the applicant.
    • Note: Sponsoring organization is defined as a non-profit or geographic entity that serves or represents the target populations. Sponsoring organizations must have the ability to commit to providing mentorship for the scholarship recipient for the duration of the recipient’s post-secondary studies. Sponsoring organizations are responsible for identifying a specific mentor for the recipient who will also serve on the Pathways to Medicine Advisory Board. Organizations may sponsor a maximum of two applicants per application year.
    • Note: Community mentor is defined as an individual with significant linkages to the sponsoring organization who commits to the scholarship recipient for a minimum of 18 months, but preferably longer. The mentor’s role is to ensure that the recipient’s cultural link to their sponsoring community is kept vibrant and meaningful.

Application and Selection Process

The updated Pathways to Medicine Scholarship applicant manual and preliminary application form will be available on or before Nov 1st, 2016.

Application to the Pathways to Medicine Scholarship is initially made as an expression of interest at the time of application for admission to the University of Calgary. Deadline: March 1, 2017.

All applicants who express an interest in the scholarship program will then be asked to complete a preliminary Pathways to Medicine Scholarship application by March 30, 2017.

The Pathways to Medicine Committee will review the preliminary applications and shortlist based on two criteria: that the applicant fits with the vision of the pathways program and that the applicant demonstrates a strong academic ability. Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a full secondary application and take part in an interview process with the committee. 

Applicants will be informed of award decisions by July 2017.

What Else?

Scholarship recipients will also have:

  • Access to formal clinical shadowing experiences within the Cumming School of Medicine while an undergraduate
  • Access to a sponsored MCAT preparatory course
  • Assistance from program staff to secure external tuition support
  • Involvement in an enrichment program throughout undergraduate studies

Faculty and Student Mentorship Opportunities

Participation Options for Faculty and Students of the Cumming School of Medicine

In addition to financial support, Pathways scholars are provided with an enrichment program consisting of a monthly seminar series, formal mentorship opportunities, as well as clinical and educational shadowing. 

The different opportunities for Cumming School of Medicine faculty and students are as follows, and are available in more detail in the Participation Options Guide.

  1. Faculty Mentorship
  2. Clinical Shadowing
  3. Seminar Series
  4. Medical Student Shadowing

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Program or its students, please make yourself known to Ms. Barb Cowley (pathways@ucalgary.ca), and tell us in what areas you would like to contribute. It would be helpful if you would include the following information:

  • Name
  • Current position
  • Particular areas of interest
  • Brief description of your background (particularly helpful for potential mentors)