Charles Drew University’s Saturday Science Academy honors 150 students at its 9th Annual “Junior White Coat Ceremony” on Saturday, Jan. 17th

Charles Drew University’s Saturday Science Academy honors 150 students at its 9th Annual “Junior White Coat Ceremony” on Saturday, Jan. 17th

More than 150 students from The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science’s Saturday Science Academy will participate in the 9th annual “Junior White Coat Ceremony”—a symbol of accomplishment and a rite of passage.

The students—from pre-k to 12th grade—will receive their white coats during a ceremony and reception from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 17th in the gym at the King/Dew Medical Magnet High School, 1601 E. 120th Street in the Watts-Willowbrook community.

“The annual ceremony represents the pride and tradition our students acquire as they begin to see themselves in the medical field,” said Lorraine Grey, the program director. “These students pledge to treasure what they have learned and to continue their quest of one day becoming dedicated physicians.”

To earn their coats, students must participate in three consecutive eight-week sessions at the academy, which seeks to inspire children to continue learning and follow a career in health care. The white coats are smaller versions of the ones typically worn by medical professionals.

The program is a “pipeline to the future,” said Dr. Susan Kelly, President and CEO of Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science.

Compton Superintendent Kaye E. Burnside will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s ceremony.

The Saturday Science Academy is dedicated to giving minority students (ages 4 – 18) the opportunity to visualize the dream of becoming physicians, scientists or other health care professionals through three 8-week sessions highlighting the human anatomy, marine biology, plant life and the natural sciences. This experience is complemented by one 4-week summer intensive mathematics enrichment course geared toward preparing the student for the mathematics component of the scholastic aptitude test (SAT).

Founded in 1966 in response to the lack of adequate medical facilities in the area, The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s mission is “to conduct education, research, and clinical services in the context of community engagement, to train health professionals who promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities.”

Contacts:

Lorraine Grey, Program Director
Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (323) 563-4926
logrey@cdrewu.edu

John L. Mitchell, Media Advisor
Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (323) 563-4981 or cell (323) 681-4225
johnmitchell@cdrewu.edu