BPAO is proud to support the Community Of Support http://www.md.utoronto.ca/community-support

This is a service for prospective medical students from across the province, and indeed the country.

  • Launched in March 2015
  • Stakeholders: Collaboration between BPAO, Faculty of Medicine OHPSA, UME Enrolment Services, Chief Diversity Officer, BMSA
  • Size and growth: Sept 2016: 400+ Black undergrads and recent grads across Canada and the US. March 2015 – March 2016 ~ 200 students. Growing into a national network that is reaching black MD student and resident mentors across Canada
  • We offer: Admissions guidance, mentorship and application support. Mentorship ex: summer biostatistics course, BPAO mentorship sessions (summer), 12+ campus COS chapters providing peer support and skill building opportunities
  • Upcoming: Feb 25, 2017 first annual COS conference, FREE MCAT prep course, Summer research mentorship

Mentors can do one or more of the following:

  1. Provide project work or lead discussions with large groups of students (20+ students) OR speak to their colleagues about starting projects. Their organizations can be brought on board as Social Accountability is an accreditation standard.
  2. Speak at COS chapters at their alma mater (where they did undergrad / MD / PGME). This can be done in-person or online.
  3. Help applicants with their Med school application support during the summer time
  4. Provide research opportunities
  5. Provide shadowing