Community Outreach Projects (COP)
The Community Outreach Projects (C.O.P.) is a student-run organization that aims to promote careers in health to high school students as well as to educate elementary and high school students on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
C.O.P. was created in 2003 by a medical student and continues to function because of the growing demands to promote health-related careers and the increasing prevalence of certain health conditions affecting children and adolescents. Presently, Quebec and Canada as a whole are experiencing a great shortage in health professionals. In addition, many children suffer from obesity, diabetes and other preventable diseases. C.O.P. hopes to fill these gaps.
C.O.P. has 2 core components which serve to work with our community.
- presentations about various careers in health (e.g. medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, ...);
- On-Campus Projects (Explore!)
- interactive conference days for high school students organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Dentistry as well as the Schools of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing;
C.O.P. also works in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine Office of Admissions, Equity & Diversity to organize interactive presentations, workshops and healthcare immersion days. In developing strong partnerships with the youth in the community, C.O.P. aids the Faculty in their efforts to promote greater access, equity and diversity in health care professions.