uManitoba sued for denying woman admission to med school

August 9, 2013

The University of Manitoba and the provincial government are being sued after Henya Olfman was denied entrance to medical school in 2009. Olfman had high marks in her pre-med university courses, scored well in the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and provided great references, according to the claim. But her lawyer and father, Shawn Olfman, says uManitoba breached a contract it had with students who applied to the medical school by changing its interview criteria without notice. He also said the interviews “violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the university’s own policies because they are based too much on the personal opinions of the applicants and not their abilities.” CBC

Postscript: June 27, 2014

lawsuit filed by a Manitoba woman who failed to gain entrance into the medical school at the University of Manitoba has been struck down by a Manitoba judge. Henya Olfman was denied entry into uManitoba’s medical school in 2010 and, along with her lawyer father, has spent the last several years filing lawsuits and appeals that state uManitoba breached a fiduciary duty to grant her acceptance into the school. "That she did not get into medical school at this university is unfortunate for her and disappointing to her parents. Regrettably, setbacks and denied aspirations are a part of life," said Queen's Bench Justice Chris Martin. "Yet, to confront this through a lawsuit with the attendant substantial expenditure of time, effort and money to the specific defendants, as well as to the plaintiff herself, and to the administration of justice generally, is remarkable."Winnipeg Free Press