Manitoba youth gain appreciation for medical sciences through Canadian Medical Hall of Fame’s Discovery Day
More than 300 youth and teachers from across Manitoba now have a better understanding of health science careers options thanks to a national youth initiative of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame – Discovery Days in Health Sciences presented by MD Financial Management. Students from 86 schools of which 25% were from northern communities, participated in this full-day forum co-hosted by the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba on November 9, 2018.
Supported by donors and funders including Doctors Manitoba, the recent Discovery Day connected high school students with physicians, researchers and other health professionals through keynote lectures, interactive workshops and a career panel discussion moderated by Doctors Manitoba President Dr. Shannon Prud’homme.
“It was an amazing opportunity to be able to talk with people who have gone through the things that we hope to pursue (MCAT, medical school, careers),” reported one young participant. Said another aspiring health professional, “I am overwhelmingly grateful to have been part of such an informative day. It contributed greatly to what I plan on doing in the future and helped me learn about all of the different opportunities that are ahead.”
The Discovery Day event held in Winnipeg, now in its eighteenth year, has a strong focus on engaging young people from rural, northern and Indigenous communities, with nearlyhalf the participants attending from rural communities.
“This day is a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn about medicine and health care opportunities,” said one teacher, having now attended her 15th Discovery Day. “I love coming here with the students and now some of the students I brought here years ago are doctors presenting at sessions. This is so highly motivating and helps students with goal setting and the importance of education. Thank you.”
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame hosts 14 Discovery Day events annually with research and academic partners from coast to coast.