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Roadshow promotes healthcare careers to rural high school students

With a focus on inspiring the next generation of healthcare professionals, the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow is visiting rural communities across BC.

Each spring, the roadshow brings together a multidisciplinary group of healthcare students from post-secondary institutions from across B.C. to showcase careers to rural high school students. Led by UBC medical students with the Island, Southern, and Northern Medical Programs, the roadshow is visiting various regions in May.

In northern B.C., the Roadshow is making stops at high schools from May 13 to 17 in:

  • Chetwynd – May 13
  • Mackenzie – May 14
  • Vanderhoof – May 15
  • Fort St. James – May 17

At each high school, students representing medicine, nursing, physical therapy, midwifery, dental hygiene, X-ray, med lab science and midwifery will present hands-on demonstrations and answer questions about their chosen careers.

The roadshow is a provincial initiative with trips taking place annually across B.C. This year marks an exciting addition to the itinerary with the introduction of a Vancouver Island-based trip.

“The Healthcare Travelling Roadshow was born at the University of Northern BC a decade ago. It has grown from a small pilot project into a significant provincial initiative to address the rural healthcare workforce,” said Dr. Sean Maurice, senior lab instructor, Northern Medical Program based at the UNBC.

“The Roadshow team collaborates broadly with many different provincial partners, to run this innovative project In 2019, we are for the first time running four different week-long trips, involving 50 healthcare students visiting over 2000 youth in numerous rural communities. We strive to put healthcare careers into the minds of rural youth, and put rural practice into the minds of healthcare students.”

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