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Celebrating 140 years of medicine

October 3, 2023 — 

For 140 years, the Max Rady College of Medicine has been educating and training the majority of Manitoba’s physicians and playing a crucial role in the delivery of health care across the province.

The University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine began as Western Canada’s first medical school in 1883 with 13 Manitoba physicians and one school inspector coming together to establish the Manitoba Medical College, a facility that relied on volunteer instructors and had no building to call its own. The first lecture was given November 21, 1883 by Dr. R. J. Blanchard at the Collegiate Institute near Portage and Main, and thus began the future of medical education in Manitoba.

Today, the Max Rady College of Medicine remains the province’s only medical school and is known for leadership on social accountability, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and anti-racism initiatives, Indigenous health, interprofessional collaboration and a robust research enterprise in the clinical and basic sciences, including a focus on global public health, infectious diseases and population health research.

On Saturday, November 18, 2023, we will hold a gala anniversary event  in celebration of our proud history of excellence in education, discovery, scholarship, clinical service and community engagement.

Join us for the gala at the RBC Convention Centre, starting with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m..

Our emcee for the evening will be Tito Daodu [B.Sc.(Med)/13, MD/13], a pediatric surgeon at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary and proud UM medicine alumna. Dr. Daodu has been actively involved in public health and anti-racism research, focusing on improving surgical outcomes and making surgical care more equitable and accessible in Canada and worldwide.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Evelyn Forget, professor of community health sciences at the Max Rady College of Medicine and academic director at the Manitoba Research Data Centre. As a health economist, she has gained international renown for advancing anti-poverty initiatives such as guaranteed basic income.

Guests can also expect lively entertainment by Ça Claque!, offering French Canadian and Métis folklore – traditional as well as contemporary – through music and dance.

If you are alum, faculty, staff, partner or friend, we invite you to be part of this unique event celebrating Max Rady College of Medicine’s leadership and innovation over the past 140 years. Tickets are available now on our Eventbrite page.

Sponsorship opportunities are going fast but are still available at a wide range of levels, which each include corporate tables of eight as well as recognition at the event and online.

Proceeds from the gala will directly support vital bursaries for Max Rady College of Medicine MD and graduate students.

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