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"White Coat Ceremony" Celebrates Students' Achievements

by cnewman

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

Tue, Apr 30th 2013 01:00 pm
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.