Wpg Free Press: U of M producing more diverse doctors
During her first year of medical school, Brooke Cochrane received a diagnosis of her own: imposter syndrome.
Cochrane, a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, said being an Indigenous medical student comes with its challenges. However, her Indigenous mentor and classmates made her feel comfortable carrying a stethoscope.
More than half of the class of 2021 is made up of women; about 10 per cent identify as Indigenous.
Each one of those students would have supplied information on ancestry when they applied for medical school, among a series of questions, some deeply personal, about their family history, economic status and sociocultural determinants.
The U of M added the step to its application process in 2015, to ensure the faculty’s student population better reflects patients in the province.