News Release

REF NO.: 188

SUBJECT: Priming youth for a career in the health sciences

DATE: May 16, 2007

On Wednesday, May 16, 110 high school students and teachers from 23 schools across Newfoundland will spend the day sampling career options at the Discovery Day in Health Sciences. The annual event is hosted by Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine and organized by The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Keynote speaker Dr. Proton Rahman will start the day with his presentation entitled Science, Education and Innovation: The Key Attributes to a Successful Health Sciences Career. Dr. Rahman is a rheumatologist with an impressive record of research, scientific entrepreneurship and medical practice. He is the chief scientific officer of Newfound Genomics, and has an extensive publication record in the areas of arthritis and lupus. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching.   
“The Faculty of Medicine is proud to offer this highly successful national program that has proven to raise students’ level of excitement, knowledge and clarity about a career in the health sciences,” said Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine at Memorial. “We're confident that exposure to events like Discovery Days will pique a life-long interest in the health sciences, and many of those attending Discovery Days will pursue careers that help advance practice and science in the health professions.”
Futures will open up as the day unfolds through interactive workshops, conversations with scientists and a panel discussion. Workshop details are found in the attached document. 
       “This is the 42nd Discovery Day offered by the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and the seventh annual event at Memorial University. It’s rewarding to know that we’ve got a program that is so highly sought after by students, teachers and academic institutions,” says Janet Tufts, executive director of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.    
       The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that offers this program at no cost to students or schools thanks to the generous support of lead sponsor Pfizer Canada and other sponsors, including Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Canada’s Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies and Canadian Institutes for Health Research. 

- 30 -