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Health Sciences students receive white coats in special ceremony

On Saturday, October, 13th, students from Forest Hills and Monroe High Schools participated in a White Coat Ceremony at Levine College of Health Sciences.  In a similar manner as other future healthcare professionals, they were presented with a white lab coat as a symbol of their commitment to professionalism in action.  A part of a special mentoring program sponsored by Wingate University School of Pharmacy, the ceremony is only a portion of the commitment made to the evolution from high school to healthcare professional for these students. Both Health Science teachers (Josette Goings, MSN, RN, from Monroe High and Pam Lanier, MSN Ed., RN, from Forest Hills High), speaking during the ceremony, commented on the positive impact of this program for their students.

On a volunteer basis, Wingate University School of Pharmacy student mentors visit these two high schools and assist students with projects and career prep.  As a result of their assistance, the newly “coated” students participated in Health Careers Day at the Wingate University Football Game where they presented information to attendees about exercise and heart disease prevention, as well as diabetes prevention and care.  Other community projects are planned for the future, including involvement in the Wingate University Spring Health Fair.

Students from Forest Hills and Monroe High Schools participate in White Coat Ceremony at Levine College of Health Sciences

Submitted by Pam Lanier, MSN Ed., RN