Program That Connects Aboriginal High School Students to Medical Careers Wins National Award

A program that sees Aboriginal high school students wearing scrubs and interning with medical personnel has garnered a national award.

Children of the Earth High School’s Medical Career Exploration Program is a four-year program where students explore, through internships at the Winnipeg health region’s Pan Am Clinic, various career options within the medical field such as: physicians, MRI technologists, nursing, health information clerks, orthopedic technologists and many more. The program provides many opportunities for inner city students who would otherwise not consider a career in any aspect of medicine, or even post-secondary education.

The Medical Career Exploration Program is the result of a partnership among the Winnipeg School Division, Pan Am Clinic, The Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority-Aboriginal Health Programs and The University of Manitoba-Access Program. The project is supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation and The Province of Manitoba’s Bright Futures Fund.

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