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#HowIGotIn to U of T and McMaster Med School Programs from U of T Medicine Valedictorian Chika Oriuwa

Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a medical resident at the University of Toronto Medical School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science from McMaster University and was the only black student out of 259 in the University of Toronto Medicine in 2016. Chika is an ambassador for the Black Student Application Program (BSAP) that allows black students to write about their life experiences when applying to medical school while meeting the same MCAT requirements. She is also a poet, writer and an advocate for gender and racial diversity. We sat down with her for an interview and she shared some advice for students looking to get into medicine: ✅ Be your authentic self ✅ Don’t write your application thinking “this is the correct and only style” ✅ Don’t just talk about how you volunteered at a hospital or you want to become a doctor ✅ Get involved into research early ✅ Find a mentor – single, best advice.  If you want to read the full interview, check out the blog post here:

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  1. I don’t get it. What does her racial identity have to do with anything? There are no institutionally imposed barriers that prohibit black students from enrolling into U of T’s med school, so why is this a news story? 2020 isn’t like the early 20th century where there was a Jewish quota.

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