The Mini-Medical School is offered to students at Secondary 4 and 5 levels. Welcome!
For inscription, download the electronic form. The deadline is May, 12.
Mini-Medical School history
The MINI-MEDICAL SCHOOL is an initiative of the Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite in collaboration with the Saguenay Medical Training Program.
Since 1995, the Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite (CPNN) of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) offers a summer camp for First Nations high school students to encourage them to pursue postsecondary education. Firstly dedicated to science, this camp has subsequently specialized in the field of health sciences.
We know that health needs are great in Aboriginal communities and from year to year, the shortage of professionals is only getting worse. To comply with the Canadian ratio of 1 doctor per 500 inhabitants, it would take 10,000 nurses and more than 2,500 Aboriginal doctors for First Nations to reach parity with the rest of the country. In practice, there are only about 1,800 Aboriginal nurses and not more than 250 physicians. Other health professionals, such as dentists, optometrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, radiology technicians, dental hygienists, etc., are also clearly insufficient.
To contribute to the collective effort that needs to be done, the Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite, in collaboration with its partners, decided in 2008 to specialize its summer camps and make them Health Careers Camps. In 2016, the initiative changed to MINI-MEDICAL SCHOOL.
So the MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL invites 25 young secondary 4th and 5th from Indigenous schools to get acquainted with the field of medicine. The goal is, of course, to promote the medical profession, but also to educate young people about the prerequisites to enter this program.
The MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL aims to awaken Aboriginal youth to this reality and provides support to young people who wish to prepare and equip themselves for such training.
Since its creation in 2008, the Health Careers Camp welcomed more than 125 young people from various Indigenous communities, primarily Innu, Atikamekw and Algonquin. More than a dozen health experts have contributed, often voluntarily, to the success of this program. Special thanks to Dr. Stanley Vollant who has been a mainstay in the creation of the Health Careers Camps for First Nations youth.
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