The "Women in Medicine" program exposes Holy Names girls to the broad variety of rewarding professions in the medical industry.
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Holy Names High School student Berenice Fuentes '16 is preparing for a career in medicine. A sophomore, she is already planning to pursue volunteer and educational opportunities to become a pediatrician.
"I want to be a pediatrician because I want to change the world by helping infants and children who are sick and have complications in their lives," says Berenice. "The Women in Medicine program at HNHS is helpful because I can connect with medical professionals — including local pediatricians — as a sophomore."
Berenice is joining a great legacy of HNHS alumnae who are making an impact as successful doctors, dentists, nurses and other medical professionals.
Due to the generosity of retired Navy nurse Mona McDaniel '33, Holy Names High School was able to establish the "Women in Medicine" program. This program was established with a bequest from McDaniel at the end of her life. The "Women in Medicine" is modeled to expose Holy Names girls to the broad variety of rewarding professions in the medical industry today and into the future that could provide them with interesting, meaningful and rewarding careers.
This year, the program has included monthly seminars and a weeklong midsession experience to connect students to women professionals in the medical field. Holy Names alumnae participating in the program are Ché Abram '97, Dr. Josephine Agbowo '97, Dr. Pamela Arbuckle Alston '73, Anne Dolan '70, Dr. Shadan Ghaemian '83, Dr. Judith Lamberti '69, Dr. Tiana Stephens '99 and Melinda Creson, former HNHS faculty member. These guests have presented to the girls on a number of topics including pursuing education, the importance of volunteering and internships, and choosing a medical field. The students have also had the opportunity to tour Mercy Retirement Care Center where they learned about senior care, Samuel Merritt University where they visited the Anatomy Lab, and Kaiser Health.
In continuing with the spirit of women in medicine, Holy Names High School will be hosting a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Social Hall. To make an appointment or for more information please contact the Student Council or log on to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the Sponsor Code: HNHS.
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