News Release

REF NO.: 205

SUBJECT: Discovery Days offers opportunity to explore careers in the health sciences

DATE: May 19, 2010

On Thursday, May 20, more than 100 high school students and teachers from 12 schools across Newfoundland will spend the day sampling career options at a Discovery Day in the Health Sciences Centre. The main event is at the Faculty of Medicine in the Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, and students from Port-aux-Basques will be joining via teleconference from the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre.
            The annual event is hosted by Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine and organized by The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
      Keynote speaker Dr. Gerard Farrell, associate dean of undergraduate medical education, will start the day with a presentation on how medical education is changing and why.
            During most of the day, high school students will attend interactive workshops covering subjects such as anatomy, epilepsy, using an electron microscope, working with DNA, pharmacy and respiratory therapy.
       “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. Don McKay, assistant dean for graduate studies in the Faculty of Medicine. “We're confident that exposure to events like Discovery Days will pique a lifelong 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.
       “This is the 64th Discovery Day offered by the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and the 10th 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,” said 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 TD Financial Group and other sponsors, including Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. For the first time the College of the North Atlantic is a local sponsor.

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