King/Drew Magnet High School Of Medicine And Science

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Program Description

Hospital Occupations has been the centerpiece of King/Drew High School’s unique curriculum since its establishment in the early eighties. The Medicine and Science Careers Program is the driving force and often the primary reason parents and students select King/Drew Magnet High School.  The Careers program has two course offerings, Hospital Occupations for first year students and Health Careers/Hospital/CM for second year students. Our program provides an opportunity for students to access experience-based learning in environments including hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, child development, and university facilities. Additionally, students actively develop connections with experts and professionals throughout the community, both locally and globally.


The curriculum and training of our program are designed to expose eleventh grade students to careers in Medicine and Science.  Furthermore, the focus is to give each student the academic foundation to qualify and compete in post secondary institutions.  


Program Overview

To gain experience, students will be placed in sites according to their own interest and/or availability. They meet from morning time until lunch, one day a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  


Through directed activities and on-site experiences, students will apply the interpersonal, problem solving, time management, and communication skills that will enable them to be effective communicators, critical thinkers, goal setters, and life-long learners.


Program Goals

Students will explore opportunities in the science and health care fields

Students will be exposed to careers in health care to motivate the pursuit of higher education

Students will be inspired to pursue careers in traditionally underrepresented fields of medicine and science


Program Requirements

Signed Consent for Livescan/Fingerprinting and provide social security number. Medical facilities require that students submit their social security number and that parental consent for fingerprint and background clearance be given. Students are processed as non-compensated employees and must adhere to patient protection and privacy regulations.

Take a Mantoux Skin Test (TB Test). The test will be administered at school.  Students with positive skin test must take an x-ray and bring both the written results of the x-ray AND a copy of the positive TB test and should not be retested.  

Scrubs with embroidered student first name and last name initial on right-hand side and King/Drew Careers Program on left-hand side.

Successfully complete Hospital Orientation/HIPAA training and exam which is done in August at school.


Daily Program Requirements

Facility issued ID badge and King Drew student ID must be worn

Steno pad (provided) and pens/pencils must be carried each class meeting

Health Professional Attire: Absolutely NO jewelry. NO acrylic nails. NO extreme make-up.

Well-groomed natural colored hair

Students must wear uniform scrubs.  Scrubs only and MUST wear matching scrub pants on site visit days. NO shorts, capris, skirts, or hoodies. BLACK sweaters, jackets, and long-sleeved shirts are appropriate.

BLACK rubber soled shoes only (i.e. tennis shoes). NO boots, sandals, or heels

CAN DO attitude

Willingness to learn

Assertive and outgoing

Excellent communication skills


Curricular Requirements

Completion of site visit evaluation sheets

Writing Project and Careers Poster Presentations

Completion of assignments and assessments necessary for classroom component


Program Eligibility

2.5 GPA or higher

Grades of “C” or better in Math and Science courses

Excellent marks in Cooperation and Work Habits and no discipline record

Dean, Counselor and Science Teacher Recommendations


Medicine and Science Careers General Job Descriptions

General duties and tasks

Restock supplies

Prepare rooms for patients

Call patients from the waiting area

Take patient vital signs

Pull prescriptions

Health Information Management (medical coding, medical legal, medical transcription, and use of electronic patient record information etc.)

Preparation of educational or informational materials for patients

Transport files/records/supplies to various locations within the hospital

Other duties relevant to specific site


Working with Doctors and Nurses

Observe patient/doctor consultations (with consent of patient)

Observe patient/nurse and patient/doctor procedures (with consent of patient) including diagnosis of conditions, routine tests, general surgery, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, etc.

Observe Doctor/Intern conferences on patient care

Escort patients to alternate sites within the hospital

Assist nurses with care of patients (lifting, moving, adjusting, etc.)

Practice/mock procedures (not on patients), or verbal walk-through of procedures including vital signs, running tests, preparing casts, X-ray technology, mammograms, wound care, autopsies, etc.


Participate in Mentoring

Science and Health Care Professionals engage students in conversations related to their specific field.  Topics include education, advantages and disadvantages of a specific career, specific training, interpretation of test results, etc.



Students work under the guidance of doctors on a variety of research projects (clinical research on diabetes, laboratory studies of cancer and endocrinology, environmental health and social justice).


We currently have partnerships with the UCLA Medical Center, the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Center, the Watts Healthcare Corporation, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Clinic.


KDMHS Senior Ambassadors

The Senior Ambassadors are a group of handpicked 12th grade students who participated in the Medicine and Science Careers Program in their junior year and went through an interview process during that time in hopes of becoming a Senior Ambassador. Their purpose is to serve the school, and these services range from welcoming visitors and providing tours, middle school recruitments, assisting in school events, and spreading awareness about our magnet theme of health and fitness.
ATTENTION All Career Students!!
Are you interested in becoming a Senior Ambassador? Please print out and complete the application by clicking the link below. Do not forget to attach a photo of yourself in your scrubs to your application. Turn in your application to your Careers teacher, either Ms. Kuper or Ms. Soto by Monday, April 8, 2019. Thank you!