Discovery Days in Health Sciences

Written by Bill Huang (Grade 12)

The University of Alberta Discovery Days in the Medical Sciences was an amazing experience. Though this year differed from last year, given the chance, I would definitely go again. The Discovery Days is hosted by a non-profit organization, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, sponsored by TD Canada Trust. They have proudly introduced many young scholars, including bilingual, Aboriginal and rural communities, to the joys of health-related careers. Discovery Days are one-day workshops that give secondary school students and teachers the opportunity to explore a variety of career options in medicine and the health sciences.

A Discovery Day is comprised of a dynamic keynote lecture, hands-on workshops and a career panel discussion. Students gain a clear picture of what it would be like to be a health professional by interacting with researchers, clinicians and educators in their real-life work setting.

As a student interested in one day joining the medical field, this event was really helpful as it allowed me to engage in activities of my interest and pursue what I wish to become. There were many workshops to choose from and the people were definitely kind. The people I’ve met have really inspired me to think about what I truly wish to become and the difficulties in achieving what I long for. There were many amazing individuals around me that were meant to be there which is just great to see. The Doctors, undergraduates, nurses and physicians who were at the question panel answered so many questions that were on my mind. What was most important that I’ve learned from this experience is that the most important thing of all is to enjoy what you do. The career or profession that you wish to pursue should inspire and motivate you every day so that you can continue to do it with passion and love.

The overall experience from attending the Discovery Days is great! You get to meet new students, undergraduates, doctors, physicians and many more people who inspire and motivate you to do things that you would not normally do; to do things with high chances of failing and doing them again to succeed. Next year, they will be back again, and next year, I hope to see the readers of this article to go and attend the event.

 

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