University of Alberta - Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
2J200 Walter C Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2R7

Indigenous Health Initiatives

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/TechnologistClinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, OtherHealth Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, GeneralMedical Office Management/Administration
Description The Indigenous Health Initiatives (formerly the Aboriginal Healthcare Careers Program) was founded by the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry in 1988 to encourage and assist more Aboriginal students to gain admission and graduate successfully from medicine and dentistry. As of June 2010, 62 Aboriginal physicians have graduated from the Faculty and are contributing to the health care of Canadians. A growing number of those who have completed their training are taking leadership roles in Aboriginal Health in positions in Faculties of Medicine, government and professional organizations across Canada, as well as providing direct health services to Aboriginal communities. The Mandate of the Indigenous Health Initiatives is to correct the under-representation of Aboriginal physicians in Canada by encouraging more Aboriginal students to consider careers in medicine and dentistry; to facilitate their admission into the MD Program and other programs within the Faculty; and to provide support services to enable students to graduate successfully. It is the Faculty's belief that Aboriginal students with a commitment to their culture and traditions will serve as role models for Aboriginal youth, become leaders in producing improvements in Aboriginal health standards, and enrich the life of the Faculty as a whole. In order to fulfill this mandate, the Faculty has instituted special status admission to the MD and DDS programs for Aboriginal applicants and a national pro-active recruitment policy.
Website: Indigenous Health Initiatives at University of Alberta - Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Length: 2 Year(s)


Last Updated: August 20, 2012