Instructor with a group of students from the Inner City Science Centre

Max Rady College of Medicine takes part in a wide variety of programs that support and engage the community, including:

Contact the Social Accountability Committee to learn more.

  • Students from the CanU after school program

Volunteer opportunities

  • Vaccination volunteers wearing protective equipment.

Volunteering during COVID-19

There are many ways to volunteer during COVID-19, either from home or in the community. UM has compiled a list of opportunities here. You might also consider volunteering for Healthy U, a UM initiative that helps students become health leaders on campus and gain hands-on experience in the field of health promotion and prevention.

For students in Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, there are additional opportunities within the health-care system. Please see the memo on volunteering (PDF) for more information.

If you are not exhibiting any signs of illness and are interested in participating, please contact Brenda Peterson indicating your area of interest and your contact information.

Ten Thousand Coffees UM Café

UM Café is an online networking and mentoring platform powered by Ten Thousand Coffees. UM Café introduces students, alumni and industry partners to one another. They can then share a virtual cup of coffee and exchange knowledge and advice. Learn more by reading our story in UM Today.

Visit the UM Café site

Max Rady College of Medicine Class of 1972 Arnold Naimark Lecture in Medicine and Society

This annual lecture, established by the Class of 1972, recognizes and honours Dr. Arnold Naimark’s legacy within the University of Manitoba and the Max Rady College of Medicine.

About Dr. Naimark

Dr. Naimark’s career has been heavily focused on the advancement of scientific research and development, health innovation, institutional transformation and advanced education. His remarkable and enduring contributions include serving as dean of medicine from 1971-81 and University of Manitoba president and vice-chancellor from 1981-96. He is also responsible for the creation of a new department of Family Medicine and promoting health sciences research and its funding at the national and provincial levels. Today, he is the director of the Centre for the Advancement of Medicine.

Dr. Naimark has been honoured with many awards, including:

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1987)
  • Officer of the Order of Canada (1991)
  • Order of Manitoba (2003)
  • Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate (2013)

2021 lecture

People, programs and pandemics:
How the University of Manitoba is reshaping the role of academia in global public health

Presented by James Blanchard MD, MPH, PhD

Dr. Blanchard’s lecture covered the professional roles, responsibilities and opportunities in global public health. The focus was on how members of the University of Manitoba have contributed to public health initiatives provincially, nationally and internationally, with an emphasis on blending service, research and education to improve health outcomes.

Watch the 2021 lecture


Recognizing excellence

Each year, the Max Rady College of Medicine hosts the annual Teacher Recognition and Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) Awards. It’s an important opportunity for students to celebrate the outstanding teachers in the Max Rady College of Medicine, and for the college community to recognize medical students who have distinguished themselves.


On March 7, 2022, the annual Teacher Recognition and Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) Awards were held virtually. The event celebrated the achievements of faculty members nominated by their students as outstanding educators. It also honoured five medical students for their accomplishments in the categories of citizenship, global health, community service, leadership and professionalism.


2022 award recipients

Faculty award recipients

Recipient Award  Year award
Anthony Battad Clinical Teaching - Attending Med III
April Boyd Mentorship - Attending Med III
Simon Christie Clinical Teaching - Resident Med III
Brent Fedirchuk Inspiration Med I
Aviva Goldberg Mentorship Med II
Robert Gourlay Choosing Wisely Med III
Susan Green Small Group Setting Med II
Aaron Guinn Best Course Med I
Sari Hannila Small Group Setting Med I
Sari Hannila Mentorship Med I
Nick Hargrove Patient Advocacy - Resident Med III
Jordan Hochman Professionalism - Attending Med III
Clarence Khoo Innovation Med II
Clarence Khoo Innovation Med I
Amanda Morris Patient Advocacy - Attending Med III
John O'Leary Mentorship - Resident Med III
Hongru Ren Professionalism - Resident Med III
Chris Sathianathan Best Course Med II
Chris Sathianathan Inspiration Med II

Student award recipients

The Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) Awards recognize and encourage attributes that are valued in medical students.

Here are the awards presented on March 7, 2022:

MMSA Citizenship Award
Tessa Bortoluzzi, Class of 2023

MMSA Global Health Award
Kapilan Panchendrabose, Class of 2024                                                           

MMSA Katherine Anne Klassen Memorial Community Service Award
Jayelle Friesen-Enns, Class of 2023 

MMSA Leadership Award
Nada El Tobgy, Class of 2022

Canadian Medical Association 150th Anniversary Award (recognizing professionalism and the ideals of the CMA) 
Allison Balasko, Class of 2023

Med I award nominees

Best course

Cardiovascular 1
Anita Soni

Neurosciences 1
Eytan Perl and Sean Udow

Clinical Reasoning Year 1
Aaron Guinn

Urinary Tract 1
Chris Sathianathan

Foundations of Medicine
Brent Fedirchuk

Musculoskeletal 1
Jason Peeler

Professionalism Year 1
Aviva Goldberg and Merril Pauls

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition 1
Alexandra Ilnyckyj




Small group setting

Med II award nominees

Best course




Small group setting

Med III award nominees

Choosing wisely

Clinical attending

Clinical resident

Mentorship attending

Mentorship resident

Patient advocacy – attending

Patient advocacy – resident

Professionalism – attending

Professionalism – resident

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Body donation program

Service after death

Through the body donation program, students gain a deeper understanding of human anatomy through first-hand experience.

At the same time, the program gives donors the opportunity to make an invaluable contribution to the advancement of health sciences. Your generous act provides a unique and lasting way to offer service after death.

In addition to the humanitarian aspects of this important decision, making advance arrangements can help relieve some of the stress your loved ones will face after your passing. When a death occurs, your next-of-kin is legally responsible for your body. Your advance plans will help your family decide what to do next during a very difficult time.

Learn more about the body donation program.

Creating opportunities

Your commitment to the University of Manitoba's students, faculty and research is encouraging the world's next generation of leaders and empowering an engine of innovation.

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Max Rady College of Medicine
260 Brodie Centre - 727 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada