Baylor’s partnership with Houston health sciences-focused public schools is going strong, demonstrated by two recent events with our partner schools.
On Nov. 6, seventh grade students at the Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk received their blue coats representing their interest in pursuing careers in the health professions. The ceremony mirrored those for Baylor medical, graduate and health professions students who receive white coats during their training. Rusk students heard from Baylor’s Dr. Nancy Moreno and Dr. Mary Dickinson, and were helped into their new coats by students in the School of Health Professions Orthotics and Prosthetics Program.
The Rusk Academy, along with the Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan Middle School, is a Houston Independent School District middle school with a curriculum focused on health sciences while also offering pre-AP courses and high school credit. Each year at Rusk, students are required to take advanced health science classes such as scientific decision-making or biotechnology.
Here’s a look at the Rusk blue coat ceremony:
Those middle school students who are interested in continuing to pursue curriculum focused on health and science may consider applying to the DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Baylor’s first partner HISD school. Ninth graders from DeBakey High School were welcomed to Baylor College of Medicine on Thursday, Nov. 14, where they heard from DeBakey alum Dr. Ronald Cotton as well as a panel of current Baylor students and participated in a tour and hands-on activities.
The DeBakey High School – Baylor partnership was the launching pad for the pipeline program that works to develop interest in the health sciences among students, starting in 1972 and serving as a model for those to follow.
See photos from the DeBakey open house at Baylor College of Medicine: