MUN looking for aboriginal med students
Memorial University of Newfoundland is trying to convince more aboriginal people in the province to become doctors.
For the past month, Dean Simon and four other aboriginal students have been shown the life of a doctor in Labrador.
Simon, a Mi'kmaq from Bay St. George, said the experience is invaluable.
"We got to see everything in action. Right from pediatric care and all the different disciplines in between," he said.
MUN has set aside two spots in its medical school to increase the number of aboriginal doctors.
Associate professor Dr. Michael Jong said it's important to expose the students to medicine.
"It's certainly better to have indigenous people looking after their own," he said. "They of course understand the culture, they know where people are coming from."
Simon said he's going to do whatever it takes to become a doctor.
"It's vitally important that you start growing homegrown people who want to stay there anyway," he said.
"You don't have to convince me to stay in Bay St. George for the rest of my life. That's where I want to be."