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Black Applicants: Black-Equity Stream (BESt)

As a part of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s commitment to equity in medical school admission, our program leaders, community partners and Black medical students,​ residents, physicians, and scholars have collaborated to create a Black-Equity Stream (known as BESt).

Black students are historically under-represented in our medical program. Many barriers exist as part of the long journey in applying to medical school for Black applicants that serves to create an inequity in the admission process. As such, with our current mandate focusing on equity and diversity in medicine, we are introducing a Black-Equity Stream.

This process is intended to provide equitable access to Black Canadians and aligns with the McMaster MD Program’s commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in all that we do, and McMaster University’s statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose.

BESt Requirements

If you are applying through BESt, you must complete the OMSAS application, where you would self-identify to indicate your interest. You must meet the same minimum academic criteria for admission as set out for the general pool of candidates:

  • 3 or more years of undergraduate degree-level courses by May of the year of entry
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.00 as calculated on the OMSAS 4.00 scale
  • A minimum score of 123 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section of the MCAT
  • Casper

A supplementary application, consisting of a personal essay from you to describe your interest in applying through the BESt, would also be required. Your personal essay will focus on your experience – this will not be scored but will assist in determining your suitability under this stream.

Any applicants not invited to interview through BESt will be considered in the general applicant pool.

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