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Latest Manitoba health care professionals ready to graduate

18 May 2022 –

Manitoba’s newest health professionals will graduate Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the University of Manitoba’s Bananatine campus convocation.

The 175 graduates represent two colleges in the University of Manitoba’s Ready Faculty of Health Sciences: the Max Ready College of Medicine and the Dr. Gerald Nijnick College of Dentistry (including the School of Dental Hygiene).

The Max Ready College of Medicine ceremony will take place at 10 am. Dr. Gerald Nijnik College of Dentistry and School of Dental Hygiene will be held at 2:30 PM.

The celebrations will take place at the UM Bunnatine Campus at Brody Center, 727 McDermott Ave. There will also be a livestream of the celebrations: the 10 a.m. ceremony ( and the 2:30 p.m. ceremony ( AL30iE1rmBc).

“Congratulations to the Class of 2022. You have faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you have persevered, and I appreciate your hard work and determination. This experience will only make you a better healthcare professional.” ,” said Dr Brian Postal, Dean and Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) of the Ready Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Max Ready College of Medicine class of 2022 includes 113 graduates. Of these, 84 will complete their residency in Manitoba. The class includes nine students of self-declared indigenous descent and seven French-speaking students who are graduating in the college’s bilingual stream. Twenty-six of the graduating class are from rural Manitoba or have rural characteristics.

The Dr. Gerald Nizhnik College of Dentistry has 36 graduates in the class of 2022, and 26 are from the School of Dental Hygiene.

honorary degree recipients

At the ceremony at 10 in the morning, Margaret Lovely will receive an honorary degree. For more than 50 years, Lovely, a traditional Ojibwe woman, has been committed to sharing indigenous culture and knowledge, improving health services for indigenous communities, and mentoring youth. He is the Honored Elder in Residence in the Education Division of Ongomizawin, the Indigenous Health and Healing Institute in the Ready Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Manitoba.

At the ceremony at 2:30 pm, Dr. Mary Jane McCallum will receive an honorary degree. First Nations Lady of Cree heritage Dr. McCallum has made an extraordinary impact as a champion for health care in Northern and Indigenous communities, a social justice advocate and an Indigenous leader. Dr. McCallum is believed to be the first indigenous Canadian woman to become a dentist. In 2017, she was appointed to the Canadian Senate, where she continues to represent Manitoba.

The following graduates of the Class of 2022 are available to speak to the media after the 10 a.m. ceremony:

Max Ready College of Medicine graduate Rachel Rudney, 42, grew up in Winnipeg. Seeing the compassionate care her father received at the end of life, cemented her decision to take medicine. While attending medical school, she was also raising two daughters. Prior to medical school, she worked in an administrative position in the dean’s office, where she put mail in boxes for medical students and always hoped that one day she would have her own mailbox. She will do her residency in dermatology with two years in Manitoba and three years in Toronto.

Max Ready College of Medicine graduate Gabrielle Wilson, 26, grew up in Winnipeg, and also lived in Portage La Prairie, Lac du Bonnet and Regina. Growing up, she saw and heard many instances where friends and family were hesitant to access health care because of negative interactions with the health care system. Now her goal is to make going to the doctor as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. From 2018 to 2020, she was the local authority on Indigenous health and advocated for Indigenous students and raised awareness of traditional teachings. She was also a mentor to Gekinoo’s Amazing Indigenous Student Mentorship Program. That Victoria, BC. will reside in indigenous family medicine in

The following graduates of the Class of 2022 are available to speak to the media after the ceremony at 2:30 p.m.:

School of Dental Hygiene Graduate Vidhi Patel24 years old, born in India and moved to Canada at the age of 12. He became interested in the dental hygiene profession after attending a clinic to have his teeth cleaned. The dental hygienist not only cleaned her teeth but also gave her information on how to take better care of her teeth and how oral health is related to overall health. Patel enrolled in the dental hygiene program to play a vital role in improving the health of the people. She will work as a dental hygienist at Brandon, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in oral biology.

Dr. Gerald Nizhnik College of Dentistry Bachelor Aaron Kwacho, 28, grew up in Winnipeg. Before starting dentistry, he did B.Sc. (Pharm.) also from UM in 2016 and worked as a pharmacist for two years and part time during dental school. He wanted to be a dentist in a profession that would improve people’s lives and be accessible to patients, while also having autonomy over their practice. One of the highlights of his time at UM was treating patients as part of his education. He provided COVID-19 vaccination during the pandemic. He would move to Ottawa to start his career as a dentist.

International Dentist Degree Program Graduate May taha, 40, grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. She practiced dentistry in Egypt for three years before moving to Canada. Moving to Winnipeg during the COVID-19 pandemic with her husband and kids was a challenge. He enjoyed his time at the Dr. Gerald Nijnick College of Dentistry as it not only prepared him with dental skills and knowledge, but also provided him with the training to apply for jobs, buy a practice, and understand the legality of the practice . Taha plans to practice at a clinic and would also like to teach at the Dr. Gerald Nijnick College of Dentistry.

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