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Come Explore Health Careers

The IHLL office in collaboration with the Indigenous Health Interest Group (IHIG) hosts Come Explore Health Careers events each year, both on campus and in community.

This one-day event for Indigenous youth provides an opportunity for participants to engage in hands-on learning opportunities and work with current students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Program highlights:

  • Opportunity to learn about careers in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Physicians Assistant.
  • Workshops with hands-on clinical skills (i.e. wound care).
  • Mentorship opportunities with current McMaster University Health Sciences students.

Expandable List

  • Create a respectful and engaging environment for Indigenous youth that fosters inquiry and participation.
  • Integration of Indigenous knowledge pertaining to health and health careers.
  • Workshops to teach hands-on skills relevant to each discipline (i.e. wound care, checking vitals, etc.).
  • Information on the educational and extra-curricular prerequisites for admission into Medical School, Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Physicians Assistant.
  • Mentorship opportunities for participants to connect with students at McMaster University.
10:00 am Arrival on Campus

Welcoming to McMaster/ Opening with Elder

Ice Breaker Game

10:30 am Traditional Medicine/Health Presentation by one of IHLL’s Elder’s-in-Residence
11:00 am Participants split into four groups

Workshops Round 1

  • Clinical Skills
  • Anatomy
  • Heart Attack Diagnosis
  • Pregnancy & Birth
11:30 am Workshops Round 2
12:00 pm Lunch – supplied by IHLL
12:30 pm Workshops Round 3
1:00 pm Workshops Round 4
1:30 pm Health Professionals “Fair”

  • Participants circulate between stations to learn about each health career.
2:00 pm Closing and Evaluations

Contact the IHLL office for availability:

905.525.4190 x 20451

Responses from youth participants when asked: What did you enjoy the most?

“All the hands on experience.”

“I enjoyed learning about the different programs at McMaster.”

“I enjoyed being able to look at the anatomy of the heart and the lungs.”

“I loved the hands on approach and interactive activities.”

This event is hosted in collaboration with the Indigenous Health Interest Group (IHIG). Each year IHLL and IHIG seek current McMaster students, in all health sciences programs, to volunteer as a diverse team to deliver interactive workshops, share information about their program of study, and act as role models/mentors to Indigenous youth.

McMaster students who volunteer are able to receive an IPE credit.

If you would like to volunteer at a future event, contact our office.