University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine reserves seats for low-income students
The University of Saskatchewan Diversity and Social Accountability Admissions Program came into effect for students beginning medical school in fall of 2018. The new program targets students from households that bring in less than $80,000 per year.
The Dean of the College of Medicine acknowledges that there are many qualified students who don’t have the socioeconomic advantages of many people who get into medical school. Qualified candidates declaring their who are not accepted can be considered for these reserved seats if they declare a household income lower than the threshold. This year, 58 applicants requested to be considered for these seats and 37 were qualified for the program.
In 2012, 17% of students at Canadian medical schools came from households making over $150,000 per year. Only 3% of Canadian families meet that income bracket.