Informing career development

Caricatures of Kate Yee (left) and Jim McLaren (right) created by graphic artist Lianne Sabourin.

Kate Yee and Jim McLaren want all Max Rady College of Medicine students to have the ability to make strong, informed career decisions based on their own individual talents and abilities.

This year, Yee, career consultant with Career Services, and McLaren, professional certified coach with UGME Student Affairs, began offering Career Development programming that is integrated over the four years of medical school. “We want the students to be better prepared and build a solid foundation they can carry forward into their careers,” says McLaren.

The curriculum is based on the Careers in Medicine model developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges. First-year students work toward understanding themselves, their core strengths and values. In their second-year, students explore the areas of practice they may pursue. In third-year, they choose a specialty and get some hands-on experience before applying for residency in their fourth year.

Yee notes part of the curriculum encourages students to journal throughout their four years so they will have opportunities to reflect on their experiences to better understand the specialties they should consider pursuing. This process also allows student to document examples of various clinical areas they can then use when making decisions for clinical rotations.

“The key is making intentional and informed choices and to be engaged in your four years as a medical student,” Yee says. “If students know who they are and how they can read situations better, they can make better career choices as they go forward. It’s a template for what the College of Physicians and Surgeons expects them to do once they’ve graduated.”

Yee and McLaren also recommend that students contact them for individual career coaching and guidance at any time, whether they are in their first or final year. “We can connect students with other resources that can really help them with other parts of their life,” McLaren says. “It’s never too early or too late.”

Yee can be reached at 204-272-3190 or McLaren can be reached at 204-789-3213 or


Maintaining personal health during medical school

Maintaining your health during medical school is important. You need to stay healthy so you can learn at your best, provide good care to your patients and be a part of the medical school community. We encourage you to stay healthy during medical school by developing or maintaining good nutrition, exercise, sleep and other health promoting behaviors. We also encourage you to attend appointments with your physician and other health providers as necessary. Here are some commonly asked questions about physician visits during medical school.

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Emergency Assistance Student Bursary 

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Emergency Assistance Student Bursary Program provides short-term assistance to students who encounter unanticipated financial need within the five colleges of the faculty.

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No problem too small

Greetings to all the medical students. We want to remind you that we are here for you in UGME Student Affairs to discuss concerns you might have about adjustment to medical school, shadowing, electives, study strategies or other questions you might have. No problem is too small! You can book an appointment by emailing

Med4 CaRMS prep

Med4 CaRMS interview prep appointments are available now, in person and online, through Jan. 25 (except during university closure). To book with Kate, go to CareerCONNECT. To book with Jim, email  


Wellness fairs revamped

The Med 1 Wellness Fair will take place Jan. 18 and the Med 2 Wellness Fair will take place April 12. Student Affairs is planning Wellness Fair with Med 1 and Med 2 Wellness reps. Students will have the opportunity to take part in fun activities such as fitness sessions, meditation, board games and workshops on Indigenous beading and nutrition. More information will be announced.


Study break

The university will be closed Dec. 22, 2018 to Jan. 2, 2019 for the winter holiday. Remember to take a break from studying to enjoy the season and some time with your families. Here are some fun activities happening around town during the break. See you all in 2019!

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

Nov. 30 – Jan. 5

A Winnipeg holiday tradition. Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show. Click for more

Salon Style: Reimagining the Collection

Nov. 30 – April 7

Winnipeg Art Gallery collection in salon-style fashion, featuring some rarely seen gems from the 16th to 19th centuries. Click for more

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Dec. 19 – 29

Rediscover the magic of your childhood with the RWB’s Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight, the adventure of a lifetime begins. Click for more