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Pfizer Canada/Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Days
Friday, May 13

Since 2001, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) has partnered with Pfizer Canada and medical universities across Canada to present Pfizer Canada Discovery Days. These exciting one-day events allow high school students an opportunity to explore careers in health sciences, including engineering. 

This year, the CMHF partnered with the Faculties of Medicine & Dentistry, Health Sciences, Science, and Engineering at Western, as well as the Faculty of Health Sciences & Human Services at Fanshawe College.  Approximately 300 high school students from London and surrounding communities attended workshops, a career panel, and the keynote lecture at Western Friday, May 13. 

Engineering workshops included:

 Computer Assisted Surgery – lead by Dr. Jim Johnson, faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

 An Engineering Perspective on the Beating Heart – lead by Dr. James Lacefield, faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 The Aortic Heart Valve – lead by Dr. Wakei Wan, Biomedical Engineering

 Human Ear: How do we hear – lead by Dr. Vijay Parsa, faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 Dr. Lauren Briens, faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, took part in the Women Panel discussion in the South Valley Building. 

The girls were very enthusiastic about Discovery Days and asked excellent questions at the career panel," says Briens.  "I think it was a very good opportunity for the students to be exposed to engineering as I think many did not previously know what engineering is and would have never associated engineering with medical and health sciences.  I think the students were also encouraged to see women working in these areas that have been traditionally males only.

Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of this event at Western.


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