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Congratulation to the Black Medical Students’ Association! 


The Black Medical Students Association

Leo Eromonsele Akioyamen,

Azza Eisa,

Nathan Tai Griffiths,

Chika Stacy Oriuwa,

Cheyanne Reed,

Rahel Tefera Zewude 

The Black Medical Students’ Association (BMSA) is a Medical Society affiliated club run by pre-clerkship students at University of Toronto, established in 2000. Our mission is support and encourage students from communities that are under-represented in medicine, primarily students from African and Caribbean backgrounds. We aim to assist these students to become successful medical school applicants through student outreach events, resource dissemination, mentorship and community building.

The BMSA have been involved in

Running independent outreach events and high school visits to inspire future Black physician and raising national awareness around underrepresentation of Black students in medicine.

Collaborating with the Faculty of Medicine in

  1. Outreach work with the Summer Mentorship Program
  2. Equitable Admissions Procedures- as members of the Black Canadian Admissions Subcommittee
  3. Student support to ensure a more inclusive experience

Nominated by: Ike Okafor, Senior Officer, Service Learning and Diversity Outreach, Office of Health Professions Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, UofT

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) was established by the United Nations in 1966 to acknowledge the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. It is observed every March 21st to bring the world community together to increase its efforts in the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and racism (United Nations, Resolution 2142, XX1). 

Register for the 2018 IDERD Conference and Recognition Awards