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"White Coat Ceremony" Celebrates Students' Achievements

Mount Mercy Academy and Bishop Timon St. Jude Graduates Take Flight

by cnewman

Pictured here: Megan Sheehan working during her Maternal Child rotation
Pictured here: Megan Sheehan working during her Maternal Child rotation

In the medical world, "white coat ceremonies" mark the time medical students make the transition from their academic studies to seeing patients in a clinical setting. Receiving a white lab coat is a practical, as well as symbolic gesture that represents the next phase in the students' educational development to become a healthcare professional.

On Wednesday, May 1 from 6 - 8 p.m., students from Mount Mercy Academy and Bishop Timon St. Jude High School will receive white lab coats marking their successful completion of the Academy of Science & Healthcare, a special program that includes a concentrated science curriculum and exclusive learning opportunities in conjunction with Catholic Health.

"The partnership between our schools and Catholic Health began several years ago as a way to nurture students who have an interest in a career in the health professions," said Sr. Mary Ellen Twist, RSM, president of Mt. Mercy Academy. "Today, it has grown into the Academy of Science & Healthcare, a unique education program that positions our students for success as they move from high school to college, and hopefully back to our community to join the ranks of working healthcare professionals."  

Participation in this hands-on learning program enables students to take part in health and science-related field trips, participate in shadowing and internship programs, and meet one-on-one with professional mentors to learn more about a particular health career or field of study.


"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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