Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program (QFNIFMP)

The Program

Launched in 2008, the Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program (QFNIFMP) supports First Nations and Inuit applicants who want to study medicine through a guidance structure that facilitates their admission and integration throughout their university career. 

This Program is a gateway to medical training and allows First Nations and Inuit applicants to be admitted every year to one of four faculties at Université Laval, Université de Montréal, McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke.  


The Program is open to any First Nations or Inuit applicant who wants to study medicine in Quebec, no matter your age.  

Note that this is not a program of study, but rather, a stepping stone designed to help First Nations and Inuit applicants gain access to medical school. Applications are made for admission to the Doctor of Medicine program in one of four faculties.

Applicant Profile

  • Have the health and well-being of people and communities at heart. 

  • Have a good critical mind and possess analytical, summary and problem-solving skills. 

  • Demonstrate a willingness to fully commit to a career that will lead you to take on many challenges.  

  • Value interpersonal relationships, empathy and a collaborative spirit, in addition to having the health and well-being of First Nations and Inuit communities at heart.  

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for admission to a Doctor of Medicine program through the QFNIFMP, an applicant must:  

  • Have an R-score (cote de rendement au collégial) of 28 or higher, or an equivalent cote de rendement universitaire (CRU).  

  • Be a member of a First Nation (within the meaning of the Indian Act, L.R.C. [1985], ch. I-5) or registered in the Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register and be able to confirm you are a status First Nations member or a registered Inuit beneficiary in Quebec. 

  • Be a Quebec resident or show that your community is in Quebec (if your place of residence is located outside Quebec). 

  • Satisfy the general admission requirements for the Doctor of Medicine program and possess the required skills and competencies.  

Admission Process

Do you meet the requirements and want to submit an application for admission? Here’s how: 






Contact the coordinator of the Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program to confirm your First Nations status under the Indian Act (L.R.C. [1985], ch.I-5,‘registered Indian’)or Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary status.

Before March 1






Submit your application for admission to a Doctor of Medicine by the required deadline and be sure to confirm your First Nations or Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary status(See Step1: Prescreening).

You can also apply for admission to the regular quota.

It is recommended to submit an application to more than one faculty in order to maximize the chances of receiving an offer of admission.In the event of more than one offer of admission,the choice of university is determined according to the applicant’s preference and based on the faculty of medicine’s capacity.

The Program coordinator will be there to guide you, accompany you and answer your questions.

A number of factors relating to your educational background affect the deadline to submit your application:

College students: March 1

University students:

November 1, with the exception of applications submitted at Université de Montréal:

November 15



Selected candidates are contacted by email by Université Laval to continue the selection process, which consists of the following:

Selection interview

Selection interviews usually take place during the first two weeks of April. Evaluators are Inuit, members of a First Nation or people from the medical or academic fields.

Information session and priority choice of faculty

The four university partners introduce their program, then candidates are invited to prioritize the universities they would like to attend. This information session usually takes place the day after the selection interview.

Autobiographical notes

In a text of roughly 800 words, candidates describe their background and explain their motivations for pursuing medical school.They have two weeks to draft this note, which will be reviewed by three First Nations evaluators using a specific grid.

Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI)

Allows a candidate’s personal skills and general competencies to be evaluated.They are usually held in Montreal.

This process takes place starting at the end of March and in April



The final selection of candidates is made on the basis of results obtained during the selection process, according to the following weighting:

  • Academic record: 25%

  • Individual interview: 25%

  • First Nations and Inuit Standardized Autobiographical Note(FNI-SAN) : 25%

  • MMI results: 25%

Access to the final selection stage does not guarantee you will receive an offer of admission



Offers of admission are sent to successful candidates by mid-May.