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The University of Manitoba welcomed 125 new medical students during a Wednesday ceremony, the largest group the school has ever seen after a recent increase to the program's enrolment number. (CBC)

CBC Manitoba: University of Manitoba honours largest class of medical students at welcoming ceremony

August 24, 2023 — 

The University of Manitoba’s largest class of medical students were cloaked in fresh white coats this week as part of a time-honoured welcoming ceremony, and some students say their end goal is to combat the province’s ongoing physician shortage.

The university embraced 125 new medical students on Wednesday, after a recent enrolment increase from 110. The students gathered to receive words of encouragement from Manitoba physicians such as Dr. Joss Reimer, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s chief medical officer.

“I want you to capture this moment, because while being a physician is an incredibly rewarding career, you have also taken a difficult path,” Reimer told the students in her address, adding that she also once sat in the same seats as them.

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