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Medical Education Stories

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Medical Education Stories

Read stories about initiatives in medical education taking place at Canada’s 17 Faculties of Medicine.

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    UAlberta medical school responds to COVID-19 restrictions with remote candidate interviews

    Responding to current restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry made an unprecedented change to the medical school admissions process by swiftly moving its Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) to a virtual setting.

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    L’UdeS lance un fonds d’aide d’urgence pour les étudiantes et étudiants en difficultés financières

    Sensible aux enjeux financiers que peuvent vivre certains étudiants et étudiantes dans le contexte de la crise actuelle, l’Université de Sherbrooke annonce la création d’un fonds d’aide financière d’urgence pour pallier les besoins les plus criants. Un premier montant de 500 000 $ a été consenti à ce fonds d’aide, ce qui constitue un geste très concret de l’institution pour démontrer son soutien.

    [available in French only]

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    U of A medical students offering emergency child care to physicians and front-line health workers

    Medical students at the University of Alberta are banding together to keep front-line health-care workers on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    More than 100 students are providing volunteer emergency child care for physicians and other critical health-care workers after the province announced an indefinite closure of Alberta schools to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

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    Stepping up to help

    As healthcare workers take on the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also facing disruptions in their daily lives just like everyone else due to closed schools and daycares. Seeing this dilemma, students in the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences are banding together to help healthcare practitioners in Kingston by offering free services such as childcare, pet care, pickups and drop-offs, and grocery shopping.

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    A student’s reflection on an elective opportunity in Bénin

    When I applied to medical school, I had the goal to eventually work in Northern Canada and internationally in global health initiatives. In first year, I learned of the Bénin elective, jointly organized by Montfort Hospital and the Francophone Affairs office of the Faculty of Medicine. I was immediately convinced that I had to be part of it. This is one of the rare opportunities as a student to not only go on a Global health elective, but also to partake in the preparation.

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    Stand Up for Indigenous Health

    ‘Stand Up for Indigenous Health’ is an immersive, simulation-based tool for teaching the Indigenous social determinants of health to health care providers. By learning about these complex social factors using an immersive approach, students will feel connected to the stories of Indigenous people in Canada and their lived experiences of resilience, poverty, racism and other forms of social inequity. This, in turn, can promote the cultural empathy needed to provide safe intercultural health care.

    Seeking civility in clinical learning environment

    A group of Max Rady College of Medicine students, residents and faculty are working to improve civility in the clinical learning environment in Manitoba.

    The group goes by the name of Civility Saves Lives. Its goal is to create a dialogue around mistreatment, which entails behaviours that show disrespect for the dignity of others and can take the form of physical or psychological harm, harassment or discrimination.

  • Dr. Marcia Anderson
    Canadian medical schools commit to increasing Indigenous student admissions

    New action plan will be relationship based, hopes to recruit more Indigenous students into medical field.

    Canada's 17 medical schools are teaming up with the Indigenous Health Network in an effort to increase the number of Indigenous students enrolled in their programs.