(July 26, 2001, Gazette)
Medical Hall of Fame Youth Symposium
do you want to do with your life? That's a question every new
university student has to think about seriously, and for many
those reflections start in high school or earlier.
students with an interest in the health professions, there's
an opportunity each summer at the Faculty of Medicine's Med Quest
program to explore many aspects of what are often called the
"caring professions." Med Quest is offered mainly to
students from rural areas of the province in six one-week sessions.
year one group of Med Quest students had an exceptional opportunity
as they participated July 16 in the Canadian Medical Hall of
Fame Youth Symposium.
day's activities included a career panel featuring a physiotherapist,
a research scientist, an orthopedic surgeon and a past director
of Grenfell Regional Health Services.
dean of medicine at Memorial, Dr. Ian Bowmer, had a few words
of advice for the high school students.
many in the healthcare field approach retirement age, it is you
who will now pick up the torch. One of the purposes of starting
Med Quest was to introduce the idea of the healthcare professions
to high school students. We need you as ambassadors back in your
Morris, associate director of University Relations, moderated
the panel and introduced the four guests. The most celebrated
speaker was Dr. Robert Salter, who was inducted into the Canadian
Medical Hall of Fame in 1995. He graduated from the University
of Toronto in 1947, spent two years at what was then known as
the Grenfell Medical Mission and subsequently returned to the
University of Toronto to specialize in orthopedic surgery. He
is currently professor emeritus of orthopedic surgery and senior
scientist emeritus at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.
Salter told the Med Quest students that even though he is 76
and has grandchildren their age, he's not retired yet.
he never met Sir Wilfred Grenfell, when Dr. Salter worked with
the mission he was very taken with the quotation from the medical
pioneer, "Life is a field of service." In 1982 he put
his interest in heraldry to good use by designing Memorial's
Medical School Coat of Arms and translating that phrase into
Latin, thus making it the official motto of Memorial's Faculty
of Medicine (Vita campus ministerii).
explaining the career of physiotherapy, Janet O'Dea said that
it is a young profession that only developed after the great
wars in the last century when there was a clear need for rehabilitation.
She did her degree at McGill and returned to Newfoundland where
she is now largely involved in management, including acting as
a liaison for students in the province interested in pursuing
a career in physiotherapy.
a neuroscientist, Dr. Dale Corbett explained that he works in
a laboratory that specializes in research into stroke. "In
high school I had no idea I would ever do anything like this.
I was very good in chemistry so I went to Dalhousie to be a chemical
engineer. I hated it. I wandered around, taking courses until
I took a lab course in neuroscience, which is studying the brain.
I had a very dynamic professor and my lab partner is now my wife."
Corbett's wife, Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett, is also a neuroscientist
and the assistant dean for research and graduate studies in the
Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Corbett pointed out to students that
if they have a significant other who is also a professional,
that can affect where they may eventually locate.
best thing about my job is that I still really enjoy it
the best career choice you can make is to follow your interests."
Students looking for more information about Med Quest can visit