Faculty of Medicine Hosts Third Pre-Med Orientation Session for Aboriginal Students
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On Saturday, November 19, 2011, eleven potential medical school candidates from various Aboriginal communities were treated to a time of learning and sharing. The session, the third offered since the launch of the Aboriginal Health Initiative, is now an annual event. The itinerary
for the day was filled with presentations of particular interest to the participants. Highlights included: Janet McHugh, Admissions Officer, Faculty of Medicine; John Jeddore, Khatija Essaji, Sylvia Keefe, Robert Power and Dean Simon, participants in the first Pre-Med Summer Institute; medical students, Joanne McGee and Meghan Matthews; and, Amy Pieroway, a recent medical graduate and former mentor. Session participants also had the chance to talk with Shawn Metcalfe and Trisha Daigle-Maloney, two of our current medical student mentors, and with each other, an opportunity that appears to have had a positive impact in career aspirations. As three of the participants reflected...
More and more as I participate in the Aboriginal Health Initative program it solidifies my decision to become a MD. It is so special to be a part of this program and to know that there are more mentors to help me along my journey.
It was really great to be able to sit and talk with the students. Just having the knowledge, advice and experience of others througn this program is invaluable.
With so many speakers and a variety of topics the orientation remained interesting and provided for a great experience. The commitment shown to the cause by so many people and organizations is truly inspirational.