In May, RPAP | Health Workforce Alberta teamed up with Career Transitions Lethbridge and the Chinook Regional Hospital to talk to students and answering their questions about what is takes to start a career in medicine.
“We’re connecting with Grade 11 and 12 students to bring them information and resources and to have a little bit of fun to help them see that rural medicine is a viable option as a future career,” says Kimberley MacKinnon, RPAP Senior Community Recruitment Consultant.
"Not only did the students have a chance to hear about career pathways, the educational opportunies ... and ask a few questions, but then the best part is for them to do something a bit hands on," says Judy Stolk Ingram, Executive Director of Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions.
“Rural students are still underrepresented in medical schools, and that’s concerning to us," says MacKinnon. “We don't want a lack of options to be a barrier, we don't want a lack of funding to be a barrier, and we don't want a lack of confidence to be a barrier. If I can come in and in two short hours make a difference for some high school student and recruit them eight or ten years from now, than that is a morning well spent for me."
Are you interested in hosting a Be A Doctor presentation? RPAP offers schools or career development offices in-person presentations, as well as a variety of resources for youth interested in exploring a medical career.
To find out more, visit BeADoctor.ca, contact RPAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-866-423-9911.