More than 120 Benjamin Carson High School students participated in a White Coat Ceremony on Thursday, October 25, the first of what will become a common practice at the school. This ceremony, traditionally conducted at US medical schools, is a “rite of passage” to welcome students to the medical profession.
At BCHS, the ceremony is designed to mark a transition for students advancing to further studies and experiences in science and medicine and to allow students to visualize themselves as science and medical professionals. Students commit to values of a health care worker, such as professionalism, caring, dedication and a concern for the betterment of mankind.
The wearing of the white coat is symbolic of BCHS students’ seriousness and commitment to pursue careers in science and medicine.
Dr. William G. Anderson, DMC Vice President and Director of Medical Education, served as the keynote speaker. Dr. Anderson was the first African American who was a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Osteopathic Association.
The following medical doctors robed students during the coating ceremony:
Dr. Reginald Eadie, President, DMC Sinai Grace Hospital
Dr. Gary Willyerd, Associate Dean, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Susan Schooley, M.D., Physician, Henry Ford Health System
About Ben Carson High School for Science and Medicine
Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine offers Detroit students a rigorous and distinctive learning experience to prepare them for college and careers in science and medicine. The high school provides a college preparatory curriculum allowing students to explore college courses, work at internships and engage in community service projects. The school has partnerships with DMC, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Henry Ford Health System and other business and community organizations. Students participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Future DOCs Health Series and Pre Med Club. The school is located in the heart of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) at I-75 and Mack Avenue near accessible bus routes.
Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine is one of nine Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools.
This new line of nine self-governing schools is designed to replicate high-performing urban school designs at scale within a collective bargaining agreement. The schools are committed to putting every student on a path to graduation and college. The schools will work to ensure at least 90 percent of incoming 9th graders graduate and at least 90 percent of all graduates go to college.
The idea is to delegate power to principals and teachers at the school level, but hold them accountable for performance, in an attempt to get the innovation and quality of high-performing schools.