Mini Medical Schools

Come Walk in our Moccasins

Thinking about medicine as a career? Want to meet and talk with our current medical students and the Aboriginal Program team? Join us for our next session of “Come Walk in our Moccasins,” our mini-medical school program.

“Come Walk in our Moccasins” was initiated in 2010 as a recruiting strategy to encourage First Nations, Inuit and Métis people to apply to the Faculty’s MD program. We invite members of the Aboriginal community to experience a day in medical school that is organized and presented primarily by our own Aboriginal medical students. One session is geared for post-secondary students and adults who are considering applying to the medical program in the near future; a second session is designed for youth and community members who wish to explore a career in medicine or who simply want to see first-hand what medical school is like.

During their day at the uOttawa Roger Guindon campus, participants explore one aspect of human health using the Case Based Learning method similar to those offered to our medical students. This includes a study of one body system and several medical conditions in the human body, learning basic skills (using a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, etc.), a visit to our anatomy lab, practicing casting and suturing, and other physician skills. Our Aboriginal medical students and/or residents will also discuss their personal journey to being accepted into medical school and their experiences at the Faculty of Medicine. Our Program Director shares what it is like to be an Indigenous physician practicing in a remote community as well as the many other opportunities in the profession. Time is allotted for questions and answers. The mini-med school also welcomes participation by a local Elder and explores the importance of integrating Aboriginal culture and healing into health care.

“Come Walk in our Moccasins’’ has proven to be very successful in inspiring Aboriginal youth and students to consider a career in medicine, through the experience of role-modeling of our Aboriginal medical students, staff and community members. After attending a mini-med school, many participants felt better prepared to approach our Admissions Officer for advice on application criteria, prerequisites and other requirements needed for admission to the Faculty of Medicine.

Since its inception in January 2010, we have welcomed more than 150 Aboriginal participants to the mini-med school sessions, from within the Ottawa area, nearby First Nations reserves, and as far as northern Quebec and Atlantic Canada. We are pleased to encourage everyone to pursue their dream of becoming a doctor. Visit our 2015 Flickr photo album!

Join us for our next session of “Come Walk in our Moccasins”. Dates for upcoming mini-med schools will be announced on this page. The post-secondary session is typically scheduled for the month of January, while the youth event is held in February of each year. Guidance counsellors, students and other interested parties may also contact our Aboriginal Program Coordinator to request to be added to our mailing list and receive a notice regarding our upcoming mini-med school sessions.

We have scheduled two sessions of the Mini-Med School for winter 2016.  The first session, on Saturday January 16, 2016, is intended for post-secondary students and adults.  The second session, on Saturday, February 6, 2016, is geared to high school students and youth.

The deadlines to register are as follows:

For the January 16 session (Post-Secondary/Adults), please register by Wednesday, January 13, 2016. (Deadline extended).

For the February 6 session (High School/Youth), please register by Friday, January 29, 2016.

For more information and to register, please contact the Aboriginal Program Coordinator. Spaces are limited!

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