Partnership links medical students with local communities
A new program led by Queen’s medical students will provide training in skill development, networking and career exposure to several local communities, including the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and the Tyendinaga Technical School in the Bay of Quinte.
“The program is aimed at enhancing skills to promote ownership within the realm of health in the Aboriginal community,” says Renee Pang (Meds ’13), who is leading the initiative through MedExplore. “It’s very exciting to work with them as they build their futures.”
MedExplore is a program run out of the Queen’s Office of Global Health that aims at developing leadership and mentorship programs for populations underrepresented in medicine. The program strives to foster interest in health care and potentially recruit future students into medical professions. However, it is designed to offer students useful skills regardless of the career they choose.
MedExplore began the partnership with Tyendinaga Technical School in November and has worked closely with staff to create workshops on topics including: leadership styles and teamwork, communications, goal-setting and self-awareness, and advocacy and community outreach. Each workshop is themed, to demonstrate these skills in the context of specific professions in health care.
The first session in April will be held in Kingston, in conjunction with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.
More information on the program is available on MedExplore’s website.