Photo Essay: Discover Day 2019

Discovery Day 2019

This was the first event of its kind at the Faculty, so we followed a few students to attempt to see the event through their eyes.

Local high school students experience hands-on learning at the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine

Eager to uncover the boundless possibilities of a future career in medicine and health sciences, over 200 local high school students visited Roger Guindon Hall on May 31, 2019 to explore the only faculty of medicine in Ottawa.

As a host of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Discovery Day, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine offered young science enthusiasts from Grades 9 to 12 an interactive day of workshops, career panels and keynote addresses delivered by our top-notch researchers, clinicians and educators in a real-life work setting.

This was the first event of its kind at the Faculty, so we followed a few students to attempt to see the event through their eyes.


9:00 A.M.: KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

The day starts bright and early with two keynote addresses: one in English on “Rare Diseases and Genomic Medicine” by Dr. Alex MacKenzie, professor of pediatrics and senior scientist at CHEO Research Institute; and another in French by Dr. Marceline Coté, professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at uOttawa.

10:00 A.M.: MORNING WORKSHOPS

Discovery Day 2019

"The Immunology of Blood" Workshop. 

Grade 10 student Shaoni Chakraborty from Colonel By High School chooses “The Immunology of Blood” for her morning workshop. She and her classmates dive right into the hands-on lab work to test and identify the blood type of several mock donors from artificial samples.

Discovery Day 2019

Shaoni Chakraborty (right) and her friend at Discovery Day 2019.

Chakraborty says she’s already pretty sure she wants to attend the University of Ottawa for something science-related.

“I really enjoy lab work,” explains Chakraborty. “The science community is such a huge community and there are still so many new things to discover.”

Discovery Day 2019

Shaoni Chakraborty (left) from Colonel By High School identifies the blood type of several samples. 

Along with Chakraborty, Grade 9 students Noor Abdalla and Joshua Cheruvathur are also from Colonel By High School. Despite being in their freshmen year, both students already have their hearts set on pursuing careers in the sciences.

Discovery Day 2019

Grade 9 students Noor Abdalla (right) and Joshua Cheruvathur (left) from Colonel By High School.

“I’m interested in medicine,” says Abdalla. “I came to Discovery Day to find out more about the MD program. These workshops give a better understanding of what university is really like.”

“Math and science are what I enjoy the most—and get good grades in,” adds Cheruvathur. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in the field of science and make an impact through patient care and research.”

Chakraborty, Abdalla and Cheruvathur are all headed for the same workshop in the afternoon, “Parkinson’s Disease Under the Microscope.” 


A total of 10 Anglophone and six Francophone workshops were offered in the morning session of Discovery Day at the Faculty of Medicine.

11:30 A.M.: LUNCH & MINGLE

Grade 11 student Koko Zahinda from Sir Robert Borden High School uses her lunch hour to reflect on what she has learned in the morning, and shares some insights from her Discovery Day experience so far.

“These workshops show us what science in real life is really like,” says Zahinda, who has been touring many university science and engineering programs across the province. “I find myself more attracted to the human side of the sciences so I’m thinking about a career as a nurse or doctor.”

Discovery Day 2019

Grade 11 student Koko Zahinda (left) from Sir Robert Borden High School with her peers Bella Johnston and Nicola Kalhok at a Discovery Day Workshop. 

12:30 P.M.: AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

After lunch, Zahinda heads for the “Movement and the Brain” workshop and gets to test out lab equipment that measures and quantifies her muscle and motion responses.

Discovery Day 2019

Grade 11 student Koko Zahinda (middle) from Sir Robert Borden High School at the "Movement and the Brain" Workshop. 

Meanwhile, Chakraborty, Abdalla and Cheruvathur are learning about the characteristics of Parkinson’s disease through applying dyes to brain tissues and analyzing them under microscopes.

Discovery Day 2019

Grade 9 student Joshua Cheruvathur (left) from Colonel By High School and Grade 10 student Aser Abdelgawad from Lisgar Collegiate High School are getting ready to be scientists.

“This workshop is even more interesting!” says Cheruvathur, who likes the detail and complexity of neuroscience.

Discovery Day 2019

Grade 9 student Noor Abdalla from Colonel By High School applies the dyes on the slides of tissue.

Discovery Day 2019

Shaoni Chakraborty (right) from Colonel By High School gets her lab coat and gloves on.


A total of 13 Anglophone and nine Francophone workshops were offered in the afternoon session of Discovery Day at the Faculty of Medicine.

2:00 P.M.: CAREER PANELS – “HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TELL ALL”/ “EXPERTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH”

Two expert panels, one Anglophone and one Francophone, share insights and perspectives about the diversity of careers and opportunities in science. It is a highlight for many of the students, which is demonstrated by the dozens of questions the panelists receive.

Discovery Day 2019

"Health Professionals Tell-All" panel discussion.


3:15 P.M.: FAREWELL

CMHF Discover Day concludes in high spirits as the next generation of scientists and doctors bring both curiosity and vigor to the field of medicine and medical research.


InformationuOttawa Faculty of Medicine would like to thank all the sponsors and donors of the 2019 CMHF Discovery Day, especially the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa which funded our event at Roger Guindon Hall.
Discovery Day 2019

Local high school students at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Day at uOttawa Faculty of Medicine on May 31, 2019.

 

Back to top