High school freshmen get glimpse of medical school

Dec. 1, 2012

DeBakey High School students get hands on at an anatomy lab demonstration.
DeBakey High School students get hands on at an anatomy lab demonstration.

Freshmen from the DeBakey High School for Health Professions and their families visited Baylor College of Medicine in November for an open house where they got an overview of medical school and other opportunities at BCM.

The high school is a partnership of the Houston Independent School District and BCM that offers a curriculum geared toward students interested in medicine and health care.

Dr. Stephen Greenberg, dean of medical education at BCM, welcomed the students and their families, who then heard from Dr. Ronald Cotton, general surgery chief resident, who is a 1998 graduate of the DeBakey High School for Health Professions.

Breakout sessions included a panel discussion with current BCM students and an anatomy lab demonstration.

A panel of BCM medical and allied health students talked to DeBakey High School students and their families.
A panel of BCM medical and allied health students talked to DeBakey High School students and their families.

BCM students participating in the panel discussion included medical students Sara Andrabi-Haque, Benedict Ifedi and Kenneth Igbalode and physician assistant student Thian Nguyen, who are all DeBakey High School graduates. They offered the current high school students helpful advice about navigating high school and preparing for college and an overview of the different options available in medicine and health care.

DeBakey High School for Health Professions is one of the top ranked high schools not just in Houston but in the nation. It is consistently ranked in Newsweek's top 100 of America's Best High Schools and earned U.S. News and World Report's Best High School Gold Medal.