The Black Aspiring Physicians of McMaster (BAP-MAC) is a youth organization founded by Sonia Igboanugo, Kayonne Christy and Dr. Juliet Daniel in 2016. BAP-MAC is a chapter of the University of Toronto’s Community of Support (COS) initiative to increase diversity in medicine. Recognizing the commitment to social responsibility and diversity of many medical schools, our mission is to contribute to the ultimate goal of diversifying the healthcare field by increasing the representation of Black doctors and health professionals.
BAP-MAC was 1 of the 39 organizations awarded the Ontario Trillium Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) grant in 2018 and received a Grassroots test grant of $84,000 over three years in support of our mission to diversify the field of medicine. With the support of our organizational mentor, the Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organization for Mentoring and Training, we aim to support Black healthcare aspiring students. Through this grant, we hope to identify and address some of the systemic barriers that perpetuate the aforementioned lack of diversity in medicine.