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University City High Biomedical Students Get 'White Coats' In Ceremony

Students celebrate their white coats and accomplishments.
 Students celebrate their white coats and accomplishments.

A ceremony normally reserved for high-level university students signified the education of 32 University City High School seniors and the growth of the school's biomedical sciences program.

The school's first "White Coat Ceremony" honored the first students to take all four classes in the program in their freshman through senior years at the University City campus: Principles of Bio Medicine, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovations. The White Coat Ceremony began in 1993 at Columbia University and marks the transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.

The student names were called by Teacher Ellie Vandiver and coats were given to each student. The white coat contains the Project Lead the Way emblem and University City High School embroidered on the front.

The seniors will begin their internships in January with placements at Scripps Clinic, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Governor Animal Clinic, Governor Urgent Care and Scripps Genomics; students may also be placed at UCSD Thornton Hospital and the university's Cognitive Science department.

The students were joined by: their parents; Principal Jeff Olivero; Board of Education President Dr. John Lee Evans; the San Diego Unified Chief of Staff, Bernie Rhinerson; Duane Crum, Director of Project Lead the Way; Nonnie Artero,Volunteer Coordinator Veterans Medical Center; Shawn Loescher, director of the Office of College, Career and Technical Education Director; and Lynn McConville, program manager, Office of College, Career and Technical Education.

For more information about the Biomedical Sciences program at UCHS, please contact Vandiver, at evandiver@sandi.net.