Session one, general stream of Pre-Health Professions Club includes career pathways speakers from the respective health regions and community where they work and live. Post-secondary students, medical residents and practicing professionals meet with high school students to share their personal journey to medicine, nursing, pharmacy and nutrition. Students engage in discussion with the professionals about why they entered the profession, rewards and challenges within the profession, career /life/work balance, workplace environment and advice when entering the profession. Career pathway speakers often meet the students again in their role as mentors.
Presenter: Dr. W.M. Llewelyn-Williams, MBChB
Title: Family physician
Presentation time: 13 minutes
Description: Dr. Llewelyn-Williams provides his perspective as a South African physician immigrating to Canada with his family to experience a Saskatchewan and life as a family physician in rural and urban Saskatchewan. He shares his passion for the medical profession as he speaks about the successes and challenges, his love for continuing education, qualities of a good physician, diversity of medicine and how to achieve a healthy career, life/work balance.
Presenter: Dr. John Thiel, MD, FRCSC
Title: obstetrics and gynecology physician
Presentation time: 12 minutes
Description:Dr. Thiel is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Regina who shares passion and excitement for the medical profession. He stresses the need for a strong commitment to medicine in order to succeed as he traces the life as a medical student, resident and a physician.
As a physician in private practice he speaks about the importance of business management in private practice, carving out time for leisure and family, accessing supports of other professionals to achieve a healthy career, life /work balance. Dr. Thiel describes why he loves medicine as he recognizes the success and challenges of the profession and the diversity within medicine. His message to students is to explore the diversity and match an area of medicine to your skills. Explore your options.
Presenter: Dr. Kelly Penz, PhD RN
Title: Assistant Professor, Regina site
Employer: College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
Presentation time: 13 minutes
Description: Kelly presents her personal experiences as a clinical nurse in the areas of general surgery and ophthalmology, a researcher and an educator.
This is a comprehensive account of the nursing profession that introduces students to a day in a life of a registered nurse that discusses the rewards and challenges of nursing, roles of a registered nurse, attributes of a successful nurse, domains of nursing and employment opportunities for nurses.
Presenter: John Mitchell, RN, RPN, MSc,
Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mental Health, Health Canada
Employer: Health Canada
Presentation time: 18 minutes
Description: This presentation examines the importance of exploring a career pathways before entering the profession by identifying important considerations such as the skills required to be a successful nurse, gender balance within the profession, workplace diversity, opportunities available to nurses and the impact of technology that helps shape the world of nursing today. John also speaks about his experiences as a mental health nurse, a researcher, a consultant and an educator.