Discovery Days

Manitoba Youth explore health careers through hands-on learning at Discovery Days

Doctors Manitoba president Dr. Barbara Kelleher moderated an interactive career panel of health professionals who shared stories and fielded questions about their career journeys with more than 300 high school students and teachers this past November at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Day in Health Sciences.

Students from 81 schools participated in this full-day forum co-hosted by the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Students connected with physicians, researchers and other health professionals in interactive workshops across campus including at Misericordia and St. Boniface hospitals, and at Red River College.

The day was kick started with a terrific keynote lecture from MD Candidate 2018 Dorothy Yu who gave the students valuable advice about life work balance and spending work and volunteer time doing what you love to realize your goals. International infectious disease expert and 2011 CMHF Laureate Dr. Allan Ronald was also on hand to share “advise to his teenage self”.

Supported by donors and funders including Doctors Manitoba, this event has a strong focus on engaging young people from rural, northern and Indigenous communities, with half the participants attending from rural communities, some from as far away as Churchill.

“This kind of experience is so important for rural and northern students” said Heather Marlow, counsellor at Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute in The Pas. “It allows them to see university, specifically medicine and health sciences, through another lens, a lens that isn’t scary or overwhelming—but inspiring and motivating. Many thanks to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and its sponsors for another fantastic event.”

“The hands-on workshops were a very effective way to teach us exactly what occupations are like. Hearing about something and experiencing it first-hand are two different things,” said one participant. Said another aspiring health professional, “I’ve been to many ‘science/ health’ days and this was by far the best. Thank you for an awesome day!”

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame hosts 14 Discovery Days in Health Sciences with research and academic partners from coast to coast.

The Numbers

  • 284 students
  • 22 teachers
  • 81 schools (from various communities including Flin Flon, Thompson, The Pas, Gilbert Plains and Russell)
  • 33 workshops (including cardiovascular science, neuroanatomy, human reproduction and radiation therapy)
  • 112 workshop presenters and career panelists