The University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine welcomed 110 new medical students at the annual Inaugural Day Exercises on August 19, 2009. Our new admissions process cast a wide net to place value on applicants with a commitment to rural issues, and 45 per cent of the class has these attributes.
First-year medical students began their first official day at the Faculty of Medicine by participating in a symbolic White Coat ceremony that includes reciting the Hippocratic Oath. The event formally welcomed the Class of 2013 into the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and into the medical profession.
University of Manitoba alumna, and Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences Marcia Anderson (MD/02) presented the keynote address. Dr. Anderson divides her time between practicing as a Medical Officer of Health in Northern Manitoba, general internal medicine clinics at the Grace Hospital, and research in Indigenous health. Dr. Anderson is currently president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.
This year's class is comprised of 101 Manitoba residents and nine out-of-province residents. Of the 110 students, six self-declared as Aboriginal. Male students number 54 (49.1 per cent) compared to 56 female students (50.9 per cent) in the Class of 2013.
"In response to the need for rural physicians, review of our application process for entry to Medicine has expanded the value placed on rurality. We are very excited to increase the proportion of the incoming class of students with commitment to rural life and professional practice," said Dr. J. Dean Sandham, Dean of Medicine, University of Manitoba. "Today's 110-member class represents a 53% increase in our enrolment in undergraduate medicine over the last nine years. Today, we celebrate the Class of 2013 with pride and we thank our partners in the community and government for their support and commitment to professional health education in the province."
The event on August 19, 2009 took place at 10:00 a.m. in Frederic Gaspard Theatre (Formerly Theatre A), 727 McDermot Avenue with live feed into Theatre C.
Founded in 1883 as Western Canada's first medical school, the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine has graduated more than 9,000 physicians who have become influential medical leaders, world renowned health researchers and dedicated doctors. As Manitoba's only medical school, the U of M Faculty of Medicine has educated and trained the majority of our province's physicians.