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StFX students attend largest student-run undergraduate healthcare conference of its kind in Canada

November 14th, 2019
L-r, StFX students Maya Lowe, Kennedy Nangle and Claire Simmons

The chance to gain experience, build connections and be immersed in all things healthcare was an invaluable learning experience, says third year StFX biology student Kennedy Nangle, one of three StFX students, the first from the university, to attend the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (CUCOH), the largest-student run undergraduate healthcare conference of its kind in Canada. 

Ms. Nangle, Maya Lowe, a BaSC in Health student, and human kinetics student Claire Simmons were the first StFX students to attend the three-day conference, now in its 15th year, held at Queen's University in Kingston, ON from Nov. 8-10, 2019. 

They joined 360 delegates from over 25 universities across the country to engage in hands-on workshops and discussions that showcase the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare, including the wide array of professions in the healthcare industry. This year’s conference theme focused on preventative medicine.

“It was exciting to learn about all the different aspects of healthcare that you can get into,” says Ms. Nangle of Ottawa, ON, the first StFX External Ambassador for the conference. 

“The conference was very healthcare focused, the area I’m looking to go into,” says Ms. Nangle, who volunteers once a week in the local St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Emergency Room Program and is about the start volunteering for the hospital’s Music Therapy and Meditation Program. 

She says she was looking for opportunities to get involved when she came across information on the CUCOH conference. She applied to become an External Ambassador, a person who recruits people, organizes logistics and fundraising for the conference at their school. 

Ms. Lowe was also accepted as a StFX External Ambassador. 

“I thought it was a really unique experience, and I personally wanted to attend,” Ms. Nangle says on why she decided to apply to be an External Ambassador. 

She says the conference was a terrific experience. It exposed attending students to many different keynote speakers, from a health policy lawyer to scientists, and let students participate in hands-on workshops and collaborative case challenges. 

Ms. Nangle says delegates were also able to tour the graduate and medical school facilities at Queen’s, including attending a workshop in the anatomy lab. 

She says it was a highlight for herself, Ms. Lowe and Ms. Simmons to get to experience at the conference things they learn about every day. 

Ms. Nangle says she hopes even more StFX students will attend the event next year.

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