Allows you to help people, doesn’t tie you to a desk all the time, you are an important part of the community, allows you a good living with a secure future, changes occur daily so it is hardly ever boring. Your in demand wherever you choose to live. Gives you lots of career options from the same education base.
High school students introduction
Making the Decision
Am I the right kind of person?
Do you care deeply about other people, their problems and their pain?
Do you enjoy learning and gaining new understanding of things? Do you
often dig deeper than teachers require? Do you understand the value of
learning beyond just making good grades?
Do you enjoy helping people with your skills and knowledge? Do you enjoy
using your hands, eyes and mind to gather information?
Are you interested in how the human body functions? Are you intrigued by
the ways medicine can be used to improve life?
If you have answered “yes” to most of these questions, chances
are you have the right stuff to take on a career in medicine.
Careers in Medicine
• Opportunity Allows you to help people
• Action Doesn’t tie you to a desk all the time
• Respect You are an important part of the community
• Security Allows you a good living with a secure future
• Excitement Changes daily, hardly ever boring
• Mobility You are in demand wherever you choose to live
• Flexibility Gives you many career options from the same education base
• General Practitioners and Family
Physicians, Specialist Physicians
Professional Occupations in
Health Diagnosing and Treating
• Dietitians and Nutritionists
Therapy and Assessment
• Audiologists and Speech-Language
• Occupational Therapists
Nurse Supervisors and
• Head Nurses and Supervisors
• Registered Nurses
Technical and Skilled
Occupations in Health
• Medical Laboratory Technologists and
• Medical Laboratory Technicians
• Veterinary and Animal Health Technologists
• Respiratory Therapists, Clinical
Perfusionists and Cardio-Pulmonary
• Medical Radiation Technologists
• Medical Sonographers
• Cardiology Technologists
• Electroencephalographic and Other
Diagnostic Technologists, n.e.c.
• Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists
• Dental Technologists, Technicians and
• Other Technical Occupations in Health Care
• Midwives and Practitioners of Natural
• Licensed Practical Nurses
• Ambulance Attendants and Other
in Support of
• Dental Assistants
• Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient
Probably the first hands that touched you were
the confident hands of a doctor.
The doctor was there to care for you through a
sore throat or stomach ache or put a cast on your
A doctor may have saved your life or the life of
someone you love.
While growing up you wanted to be a doctor.
At some point, most of us have…
But, now you are in high school
and it is becoming more of a
reality than ever.
What do you need to know?
What should you know?
Let’s dig a little deeper…
The field of medicine and the career of a doctor is
incredibly diverse and flexible.
Few fields offer a wider variety of opportunities.
Most doctors' professional lives are filled with caring for
people and continuously learning more about the human
Every day in communities around the country, doctors
work in neighborhood clinics, hospitals, offices, even
homeless shelters and schools to care for people in
Physicians do many things:
Physician researchers are at work today developing
exciting new treatments for cancer, genetic disorders,
and infectious diseases like AIDS.
Academic physicians share their skills and wisdom by
teaching medical students and residents.
Others work with health maintenance organizations,
pharmaceutical companies, medical device
manufacturers, health insurance companies, or in
corporations directing health and safety programs.
People with medical skills are in demand everywhere.
What can I do now in high
school to prepare for medical
• Basic Science Courses (Physics 40S and
• Math 40S (Pre-calculus or applied)
• Biology 40S or 40G (optional – a but wise
• English 40S or French 40s
High School Academics
• Advanced Placement programs
• Special interest clubs
Take advantage of opportunities
for enrichment such as:
DO WELL IN SCHOOL!
The competition for a position
in medical school is tough!
Use your time in high school to
develop good study habits, manage your
time effectively and learn about the world
Not just for science “nerds”!
A well-rounded education is just as
appropriate as one that focuses
solely on science, computers and
History, drama and religion all have
a place in a medical career.
How long does it take to get a
Most would say a lifetime.
Doctors are always learning as new discoveries are
made and new technologies develop.
However, it usually takes four years after college to
obtain the M.D. degree.
After that, you will choose a medical specialty and
spend three years or more as a resident physician in
a teaching hospital, where you train for certification
in a specialty and will be paid, usually about $35,000
a year, to care for patients.
Volunteer and work experience as well as hobbies and sports will strengthen interpersonal and academic skills, and help you deal
with diverse stressful situations. The Admissions Committee will look beyond academic potential to be satisfied regarding your
suitability for a career in medicine.
Physicians have both demanding and rewarding lifestyles. You should use volunteer opportunities and networking to help you
decide whetehr medicine is a way of life you will be happy with in the long term and to learn about some of the career choices you
will have while you are training to become a physician.
4 years3 - 4 years 2 - 5+ yearsto grade 12
- Chemistry 40S
- Physics 40S
- Math 40S
- English or
- Biology 40 S or 40G
- Take advantage of
- Any degree
(BSc, BA, - BEng…)
English or French
Medical Education Timeline
Print-outs available upon request
Where do I go for my
As you select a college remember that just as in high school, a good liberal arts
education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician.
You'll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate
most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.
It is important for your college experience to be broad. Taking courses in the
humanities or liberal arts will help you prepare for the "people" side of medicine.
We will provide you with some questions to ask while you consider a college or
Your career guidance counselor or science teacher can help you find the
You also should consult the many college guidebooks found in your school's
guidance office, local libraries, and bookstores.
Does the school have a good faculty and a reputation for high academic standards?
Is it accredited?
Does it offer a broad range of courses in the humanities and in the social,
behavioral, and natural sciences?
Does it have strong science departments with good laboratory facilities?
Does it offer all of the required courses I need for acceptance to medical school?
Does the college have a designated advisor specifically trained to help students
interested in the health professions?
Does it have a good track record for having its students accepted to medical school?
Does it offer extracurricular activities that appeal to me? Are there programs to do
volunteer work at local hospitals or clinics?
Are there programs where I can demonstrate leadership and compassion?
Does it "feel right" for me? Am I comfortable with its size, location, social life, and
Is it affordable for me and my family?
Canadian Medical Schools
University of Manitoba
University of BC
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
University of Saskatchewan
Université de Montréal
Université de Sherbrooke
University of Ottawa
University of Western Ontario
University of Toronto
Average Canadian Tuition Fees1
2012/13 2013/14 2012/13 to 2013/14
Current $ % change
Dentistry 16,678 17,324 3.9
Medicine 12,012 12,438 3.5
Nursing 4,985 5,103 2.4
Pharmacy 10,463 10,942 4.6
Social & Behavioral
Sciences 4,966 5,107 2.8
1 Using the most current enrolment data available, average tuition fees have been weighted by the
number of students. Fees at both public and private institutions have been included in the calculations.
Reasonable Costs Breakdown
Cost Item Cost for 1 year( 2 semesters/8 months)
Tuition, Faculty & Student Fees $5,000 – 16,750
Books & Supplies $1,000 – 5,000
Accommodation $4,800 – 12,000
Health Insurance (single) $270
Transportation (city bus pass) $750
Estimated Total $ 16,620 – 39,570
NOTE: This table represents an estimate of costs in Canadian dollars, for a single student living at a
very modest level for one calendar year period at the University of Manitoba. Non-resident and
International student will be more. (5/2014)
A wide array of loans and grants are available to
those who are determined to get a medical
About 60% of medical students in Manitoba
borrow money to cover their expenses.
They receive financial assistance through the
Federal Government Loan Program and the
Manitoba Government Loan Program.
At the University of Manitoba about 80% of
students apply to medical school during the third
year of their degree program and begin medical
school after they graduate with their Bachelor's
Others finish university and work for several
years before they begin their medical education.
Medical schools are looking for the finest minds
and the most motivated students who have a
strong and demonstrated interest in working with
It takes hard work and commitment to be
admitted to medical school.
Medical school is challenging.
If you want to take responsibility for people's
health and well-being, you have to be serious
Once you are accepted, the medical school faculty
and staff will do everything they can to help you
In fact, in Canada, more than 97% of entering
medical students are successful in obtaining their
Will medicine provide
me with a good living?
Your first salary is during your residency training.
This small salary is generally sufficient to support
yourself. This salary increases each year of
training until you are done.
How much you will make as a doctor will depend
on many factors; What type of medicine you
practise, what part of the country you live in, how
many hours you work to name a few.
Regardless of these factors, physicians generally
make a sufficient income to live comfortably.
Most Doctors would probably agree that the work
and training process is too difficult to be
attempted solely as a means of earning money.
Instead, medicine is a career that should be
pursued out of a passion for caring for members
of your community and an interest in science –
not financial gain.
Why become a practitioner in a
rural or northern community?
Family practice combines internal medicine,
pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, and
A family physician is responsible for the health
care of patients of all ages, both sexes, and is not
limited to an organ system or disease.
Physicians in this field serve as a counselor,
personal physician, diagnostic evaluator and