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First Nations and Inuit youth on campus for national summer science camp

August 13, 2015 — 

How do you check a heart rate? What is laparoscopy?  When is it a ‘code blue?’ Those are some of the things youth will learn when National Summer Science Camp participants visit Bannatyne campus on Friday, August 14, 2015.

The National Summer Science Camp hosts students from First Nations and Inuit communities from across Canada and exposes them to post-secondary education and new and innovative science experiences.

As many as 50 students will be at the Bannatyne campus tomorrow to participate in hands-on activities in the Faculty of Health Sciences’ high-tech simulation centre.

The students, ranging in age from 12 to 15, were involved in a variety of activities at the U of M this week including the Opening Ceremonies at Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge on August 10 and a day focused on microbiology with workshops on August 12.

Students will participate in hands-on sessions performing various medical techniques, diagnoses and simulation scenarios at the Clinical Skills Lab and the Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF) on the Bannatyne Campus. The Skills Lab and the CLSF prepare students in the health sciences to deal with real patients and medical emergencies by providing realistic simulation training to strengthen their communication and clinical skills.

“We are delighted to welcome students from our northern communities back on the Bannatyne campus,” said Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences & Vice-Provost (Health Sciences). “The National Summer Science Camp offers these students an excellent opportunity to learn about biomedical sciences and try their hand at our state-of-the-art simulation equipment.”

Students will participate in the interactive sessions on Bannatyne from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Friday.

The National Summer Science Camp is funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada through its First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES), which helps youth gain work experience, get career information, develop skills and ultimately find employment. The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is coordinating this year’s camp in Winnipeg.

To arrange interviews with students, shoot video or photographs, please contact Ilana Simon, Director of Communications & Marketing, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, at: 204-789-3427, (cell) 204-295-6777 or email: ilana [dot] simon [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

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