Discovery Health (MedLINCs 2.0) and Indigenous MedLINCs Programs: Inspiring Youth to Reach for Careers in Healthcare
Discovery Health students spent the summer re-designing the MedLINCs program with a new focus on youth engagement, providing young students with hands-on learning, information on the variety of careers in healthcare beyond medicine that are available to them, and the paths to reach these goals. Leah Sinai, a meds2019 student noted, “We wanted to give the participants a chance to meet like-minded individuals in the communities that share a similar passion for healthcare and career exploration. The camp will be filled with lots of hands-on learning, informative lecture series, and of course tons of fun!” Discovery Health will launch next summer in 2018. Cassie Poole and Kelly MacIsaac, both meds2020 students at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, completed the Indigenous MedLINCs summer electives up in Chippewas of Nawash (Cape Croker) and Saugeen First Nations (Southampton), Indigenous communities in South Bruce County. Reflecting on her summer experience in the Indigenous MedLINCs program, Cassie commented, “I can honestly say that I am extremely happy that I applied to be a part of Indigenous MedLINCS. I was given the opportunity to work with Indigenous communities, and in doing so expand my own knowledge and gain skills in cultural competency which I hope will help me provide the highest possible standard of care to my future Indigenous patients and become a positive ally and advocate. First year was an interesting time as I had to transition from thinking like an undergraduate student to thinking like a future physician. Indigenous MedLINCS was a big step in helping me to do that.” Both programs provided Schulich medical students with excellent leadership opportunities while honing their organizational and creative skills as they “worked with community partners to develop enriching camp experiences for youth who would otherwise have very limited or no exposure to careers in medicine or healthcare.” Medical students interested in Discovery Health or Indigenous MedLINCs summer electives should drop into the information session for summer 2018 electives on Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30-1:20 pm in DSB 1002.