Queen's University

Health Sciences opens its doors to secondary school students

 
2012-05-16
Mike Evans and Gurjant Sidhu from Trenton, Ontario, examine a plastic heart at the Department of Anatomy during TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences at Queen's on Wednesday, May 16. (Lars Hagberg/Queen's University)

More than 110 secondary-school students from Kingston and the surrounding region are participating in hands-on workshops during TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences at Queen’s.

“The students are at a formative time in their lives as they determine their future education and career paths,” says Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. “We hope they will be inspired to explore the health sciences fields after interacting with Queen’s world-class researchers and clinicians.”

Students can choose from unique experiences in 13 different workshops using Queen’s state-of-the-art simulators, clinics, laboratories and equipment. Enrollment is limited to between five and 15 participants to allow for one-on-one instruction by the workshop coordinator.

Dr. Susan Cole, professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Cancer Biology, and Queen’s deputy provost, will address the students about her journey to becoming a professor. The day concludes with a panel discussion by professionals who will share their experiences and talk about how their interests led them to a career in health sciences.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame offers the innovative TD Discovery Days in Health Sciences at 12 universities across Canada as a way of attracting young people to health professions. Currently, Canada faces a severe shortage of healthcare professionals such as family doctors and registered nurses. However, only 37 per cent of Canadian teens taking secondary school science courses are interested in pursuing science at the post- secondary level according to a 2010 Angus Reid survey.

TD Discovery Days in Health Sciences at Queen’s
 

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