The University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine welcomed 110 new medical students - its largest medical school class ever - at the annual Inaugural Day Exercises on August 20. Founded in 1883 as Western Canada’s first medical school, the U of M Faculty of Medicine is celebrating 125 years of creating physicians in Manitoba.
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 welcomes the Class of 2012 into the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and into the medical profession.
University of Manitoba alumnus and award-winning author Dr. Kevin Patterson (MD/89) provided the keynote address reflecting on his on his life experiences in challenging health-care environments. Dr. Patterson (Consumption, Country of Cold and The Water In Between) has a special interest in infectious disease and the impact of social transition on illness.
This year’s class is comprised of 99 Manitoba residents and 11 out-of-province residents. Of the 110 students, six self-declared as Aboriginal and 26 self-declared as rural.
“Over the last six years, we have seen in Manitoba the largest growth in health professional education in two generations,” says Dr. J. Dean Sandham, Dean, Faculty of Medicine. “We celebrate the largest class of new medical students in Manitoba with pride and we thank our partners in the community and government for this exciting, and important, opportunity.”