Why we’re building healthcare teams to reflect our diverse communities.
Photo: Branden Thompson is a football player and health sciences student at St. Francis Xavier University. In 2020, he received a QEII Foundation Diversity in Health Care Bursary.
The QEII is a teaching hospital – shaping healthcare professionals in just about every medical specialty housed within its walls. That’s why we support healthcare education – from simulation-based learning, to conferences and lecture opportunities, and more.
The Diversity in Health Care Bursary program is one example of this. Since 2018, these grants continue to grow with donor support. The goal is to create a more diverse QEII and healthcare system – one that better reflects the diverse communities we care for.
When Branden Thompson heard he was receiving a QEII Foundation Diversity in Health Care Bursary, it was a happy moment. He says it felt special because he knew how many people could use the support.
The 20-year-old applied for a bursary after hearing about the program through his mother, who works at the QEII. Born and raised in Halifax, Branden is studying health sciences at St. Francis Xavier University.
And while he hasn’t made up his mind for sure, he’s dreamed of a career in sports medicine for years – a natural alignment for the football player, who developed a love for the game at the age of seven.
Diversity in health care means a lot. For some people, going in and not seeing others who look like you – it can be disheartening or uncomfortable. It can really mess with your experience, especially when people may not know what you’re feeling. It’s important that everybody enters a space that feels safe. – Branden Thompson.
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