BIDMC Inspires Red Sox Scholars
Seventh grader Qiyin Yao, a typical chatty middle school student fell silent as she entered Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with Chief Neonatologist, DeWayne Pursley, MD. Visiting the medical center’s tiniest and most vulnerable patients can have that effect.
“They’re so small and it’s sad some of them have to stay here for a long time,” Yao said. “But I know they’re being taken good care of and they provide hope to everyone who gets to visit them.”
Yao was one of 34 Red Sox Scholars visting BIDMC and spending time with doctors in the NICU, the Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center, the Gastroenterology Unit and Rehabilitation Services.
As the educational cornerstone for the Red Sox Foundation, this charity selects a group of seventh graders to receive a college scholarship, access to tutoring from Red Sox Foundation staff members, after school enrichment activities, and “Medical Champion” mentors from BIDMC, the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation.
Personally, I love the Red Sox Scholars program,” said Benjy Celestin, a 2010 Scholar. “They give me a chance to go to college and we get to participate in activities like shadowing different parts of a great hospital like BIDMC.”