Discovery Days in Health Sciences

Discovery Days in Health Sciences are one-day events that give secondary school students the opportunity to explore a variety of career options in medicine and the health sciences. The program is delivered in partnership with universities, hospitals and research institutions across Canada.
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We recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion strengthen the health sciences, health systems and health care communities and leads to enhanced quality, social relevance and impact of health-related disciplines.

Throughout all its activities, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame strives to engage and promote the active participation of individuals of diverse backgrounds, including those from historically underrepresented groups.  We actively seek a diverse pool of award nominations so that those honoured may reflect the diversity of our communities.

A Discovery Day comprises a dynamic keynote lecture, interactive workshops and a career panel discussion. High school students gain a clearer picture of what it would be like to be a health professional by interacting with researchers, clinicians and educators in their real-life work setting. Teachers/guidance counsellors are also welcome, but not required to attend.  Pre-registration is required.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is committed to fostering inclusion and supporting the leadership efforts at Canadian universities to change the diversity pathway to medicine and the health sciences. We encourage teachers to include students who self-identify as Indigenous, Black or a Person of Colour, or who come from a rural or known disadvantaged socioeconomic background, when considering who will be invited to attend this event. 

Learn more about the impact of Discovery Days
2022 Program Report 

Check out our newest virtual programming for northern and remote communities!  Discovery Days in Health Sciences NORTH


We are grateful to our many sponsors and donors and proud to partner with the following Host Sites coast to coast:   





2023 LINE-UP

Western University ~ Friday, May 5
University of Ottawa (évènement francophone) ~ mercredi le 10 mai
University of Ottawa (anglophone event) ~ Thursday, May 11
NOSM University (virtual event) ~ Wednesday, May 17
Queen's University ~ Thursday, May 18
Memorial University of Newfoundland ~ Friday, May 26
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and McMaster University ~ Friday, June 2
University of Calgary ~ Wednesday, October 18
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute ~ Wednesday, November 1
University of Alberta ~ Thursday, November 2
Dalhousie University ~  Wednesday, November 8
University of Manitoba ~ Thursday, November 9
McGill University ~ Friday, December 1
Université Laval (évènement francophone) ~ vendredi le 8 décembre


Those wishing to share their passion for learning and their chosen profession are invited to host an interactive workshop or take part in our “Health Pros Tell All” career panel discussion which concludes each Discovery Day.  Click on your event of interest in the above line-up for the appropriate forms with further details.


  • Schools must first be registered on our website through a contact teacher.  This can be done at any time when your event of interest has been added to the line-up above.

  • Instructions for students to register themselves online are then emailed to contact teachers when student registration opens (approximately six weeks before event day).

  • There is no registration cost. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the host site as well as any associated parking fees.

  • To get started, click on your site of interest for relevant dates, registration limits and forms.

  • If you are an interested student but can't find a teacher to act as a contact for your school, or if you just want to be sure your school is on our distribution list, please contact the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Please indicate your city, high school and event of interest.


“Growing up in rural Newfoundland there was no exposure to the wide variety of fields within health care and medicine. I distinctly remember the anatomy lab at my first Discovery Day at Memorial University. It was amazing! It sparked my interest in a heath care career and led me to where I am now. I am so grateful that I was given that opportunity.”  Student, St. John's NL

"On behalf of my class I would like to thank you so much for the BEST field trip I have ever been on!!!!! We all had such a great time and learned sooo much! We really look forward to attending next year. Thanks for all the work you and your team put in to making the event happen."  Teacher, Edmonton AB

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.