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TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences attracts students from across the province

Day provides a snapshot into health sciences

November 6, 2014 — 

On Friday, November 7, over 230 high school students and teachers from 61 schools in Winnipeg and across Manitoba will converge on the U of M’s Bannatyne Campus for TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences to explore careers in medicine and other health sciences. Twenty-five per cent of students will be travelling from further than 350 kms away to participate in Discovery Day thanks to the generosity of sponsor travel bursaries.

Hosted by the U of M’s Faculty of Health Sciences and The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, the 14th annual event allows Grade 11 and 12 students to engage with award-winning faculty members and take part in interactive workshops.

“We are excited to open our doors to high school students in our province so that they can learn more about possible careers in the health sciences professions,” says Brian Postl, Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. “This is vital to building the future health workforce for Manitoba.”

In addition, Ebola research specialist Dr. Heidi Wood, Chief, Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, National Microbiology Lab and Lecturer, Department of Medical Microbiology, will deliver the Dr. Allan Ronald Keynote Lecture.

“Enticing students into health professions is critical,” says Lissa Foster, executive director of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. “When you give students the opportunity to interact face-to-face with scientists, clinicians and educators in their real-life setting, it makes for a very powerful experience with life-altering potential.

Members of the media are invited to join the students at any of the following three workshops. Students have signed release forms and are available for interviews and photos.

When:  Friday, November 7, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon (media to check in at 10:25 a.m.)
What: Hands-on workshops atTD Discovery Day in Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba
Where:  Meet  in Brodie Centre Atrium, 727 McDermot Ave., University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus at 10:25 a.m.

Workshop1:  Nursing in Canada’s Remote North. Students will learn about the challenges and triumphs of working with diabetics in Northern Manitoba. They will perform some of the diagnostic testing done by nurses from the Diabetic Foot Care & Diabetic Retinal Screening programs.
Workshop 2: Why it’s Called Practice. In this hands-on workshop participants will get the chance to train like med students. Highly-trained standardized patients will simulate realistic scenarios wherein students are the doctor.
Workshop 3: Physical Therapy: It’ll move you! Students will be introduced to different facets of a career in physical therapy in a hands-on workshop setting.

For more information contact Garrick Kozier, Communications Officer, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, 204-789-3828, or garrick [dot] kozier [at] med [dot] umanitoba [dot] ca



Established in 1994, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) is a national charitable organization that fosters future generations of health professionals through the celebration of our country’s rich medical history, scholarship program, and the delivery of both local and nationwide education programs for youth.  Each year, up to six individuals are recognized for their extraordinary contribution to improving the health of Canadians and people world-wide. The stories of the laureates are showcased on our website ( and in our portrait gallery and media theatre, located in downtown London, ON.  Youth are encouraged to explore careers in the health sciences through 14 Discovery Day events from coast to coast.



The University of Manitoba, founded in 1877 as Western Canada’s first university, is the province’s only research-intensive university, educating the majority of professionals in Manitoba. The University of Manitoba is a trailblazer in many areas of learning, research, discovery and community engagement. The newly established Faculty of Health Sciences comprises the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences. The colleges offer a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate educational programs in the health professions and basic medical sciences to more than 3,100 students. The Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Medicine is a research leader in the areas of immunity, inflammation and infect


Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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