The CHU de Québec-Université Laval receives First Nations students for an in-hospital observation day

by User Not Found | Apr 07, 2017

For a second year, the CHU de Québec-Université Laval and the New Pathways Foundation continue their partnership by offering an internship in hospitals. This program is intended for Secondary IV and V students in First Nations communities across Quebec who wish to participate in a one-day observation course in a hospital setting.


This year, fourteen participants will experience a real immersion in the operating room, as they will attend a brain surgery and visit patients in a care unit. Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to work with health professionals in all areas: physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, care attendants, hygiene and sanitation clerks, clerical staff, social workers, physiotherapists, etc.



"You know, it's with specific programs that target First Nations youth directly that we really reach them. The Become program is a discovery program that fosters school retention among First Nations youth. This goal is at the heart of our Foundation which helps us fulfill our mission. This year, we are extremely pleased to see the program come back with the invaluable collaboration of the CHU team, but we are also proud and delighted to see Become expand through a new partnership with Radio-Canada, said Marie-Claude Cleary, Director of the New Pathways Foundation.


“We can show young people that there are hundreds of jobs and occupations in many fields of health care. We want to convey them the message that everything is possible and give them the desire to excel in their future,” said Dr. Léo Cantin, a neurosurgeon at the Enfant-Jésus Hospital and the instigator of the project.





  • This is the second edition of the Become program in partnership with the CHU de Québec.
  • Last year, eight youth from different communities attended an operation at the operating room.
  • The CHU de Québec-Université Laval University Hospital, as the largest university teaching centre in Quebec, is a leader in health-related training and education.
  • As a major health education centre in Quebec, the CHU de Québec offered 290,000 training days last year.