In the fall of 2006, a Pre-Health Professions (PHP) High School Club was established through a partnership between Regina Catholic School Division, Regina Public School Division, Prairie Valley School Division, the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region and the University of Saskatchewan, Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and Nutrition. Under the direction of Dr. Gill White and Dr. Marlene Smadu (Associated Deans of Medicine and Nursing, respectively) the club was established to increase the exposure of students to medicine and nursing and to increase student retention in the College of Nursing given the direct entry of students at that time. The Club focus has been in rural students and those of Aboriginal ancestry. Today the club has grown to include the following school divisions and health regions:
|School Division||Regional Health Authority||Year|
|Prairie Valley||Regina Qu'Appelle||2006|
|Regina Catholic||Regina Qu'Appelle||2006|
|Regina Public||Regina Qu'Appelle||2006|
|Luther College High School||Regina Qu'Appelle||2007|
|Holy Trinity||Regina Qu'Appelle||2008|
|Horizon School Division||Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region||2012|
|South East Cornerstone||Sun Country||2010|
|File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council||All Nations Healing Hospital||2010|
|Northern Lights||Keewatin Yatthe, Mamawetan Churchill River, Athabasca||2011|
Today the club has grown to include the following school divisions and health regions: Since the inception of the PHP Club, the University of Saskatchewan partnership has engaged, over 1,200 Saskatchewan high school students. Club activities promote science through the explorations of career pathways to medicine, nursing, pharmacy and nutrition, in northern and southern Saskatchewan regions.
The Pre-Health Professions Club is committed to supporting the transition of high school students into health care professions. The PHP Club supports initiatives that address the needs of Aboriginal, rural, and underserved areas.