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Students ‘dream big,’ at Discovery day on Bannatyne campus
Posted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 10:43 AM
More than 200 students from 55 Manitoba high schools, including 45 students from the north and 35 from First Nations communities, spent their day sampling career options at the 11th Annual TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences. The event, held November 4, , was hosted by The University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and organized by The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in London, Ontario.

“We are delighted to expose high school students from across Manitoba to the many diverse career options in the health sciences,” said Dr. Brian Postl, Dean of Medicine. “Through the interactive workshops, and hearing from a medical resident and faculty members, participants gain a much deeper understanding of what it takes to become a doctor and what it’s like to work in the health professions.”

University of Manitoba Emergency Medicine Resident Kristjan Thompson (B.Sc. (Med.)., MD/11) encouraged students to follow their hearts. “Dream big,’ he said. “If something excites you, you should do it. Become who you are!”

Students selected to attend two of the 23 diverse hands-on workshops, which gave them the opportunity to interact with health professionals in their research labs and teaching or surgical rooms on the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus and in other affiliated sites.

At one workshop dubbed “Embryonic Stem Cells- The Future of Regenerative Medicine” students learned about this emerging new science and the Faculty’s new Regenerative Medicine program and looked at real mouse embryonic stem cells under a microscope.

They conducted a test to confirm the quality of the embryonic stem cell and whether it can differentiate into all the cell types within the body.

Another hands-on workshop focussed on “Spinal Instrumentation.” Students discovered how the treatment of adult and pediatric spinal tumors, trauma and deformation has been enhanced by the use of spine implants such as screws, rods, and hooks. Participants placed spine implants into lumbar spine models.

“I liked it a lot,” said Brent Courchene, a Grade 11 student from Island Lake of the spinal instrumentation workshop.

Amanda Spence, a Churchill, MB Grade 11 student, said Discovery Day is good because it introduces students to different health careers. “It helps students learn about different areas of health careers that you can go into and tells us about ones we maybe didn’t know about,” she said, adding she is interested in Occupational Therapy.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame executive director Janet Tufts, said the University of Manitoba attracts the most northern and Aboriginal students compared to the other 10 faculties of medicine hosting Discovery Days across Canada.

“We want to plant a seed in the minds of our student participants about the world of discovery and innovation and excite young people about careers in the health sciences.”
For more information, contact:
Ilana Simon
Director of Communications & Marketing
Faculty of Medicine
Phone: (204) 789-3427