BIPOC students still are facing barriers to pursuing medical training: Editorial

BIPOC individuals who want to pursue training to become doctors often face barriers, writes Neban Snan of The Star. Snan tells the story of a Khadija Abawajy, a Black Muslim student who encountered several barriers to pursuing medical training, such as a lack of representation of students who looked like her and difficulty getting the right score on the MCAT since the exam preparation courses were too expensive for her to afford. Other barriers for Abawajy and other marginalized students include networking events that are focused around alcohol and less access to experiences shadowing doctors or working in patient care. The Star discusses some of the ways that universities across Canada have changed admissions processes to support marginalized students and ensure their backgrounds are taken into account. The Star Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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