dental student in scrubs running in a race with kids

CUIMC Faculty, Staff, Students Volunteer at Armory After-school Program

April 22, 2022

Doctors, staff, and students from Columbia University Irving Medical Center celebrated White Coat Day at the Washington Heights Armory last Monday with children in the armory’s CityTrack and Little Feet after-school programs.

About 30 Columbia physicians, staff, and students led the kids through exercise drills, stretches, and relay races and participated in a few events themselves. The afternoon event involved more than 100 youth in grades 2 through 8.

a doctor leading stretching exercises in front of a group of children

Donald Landry, chair of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, leads a group of children in stretching exercises. Photo: The Armory Foundation.

Albert Aquino, director of youth programming at the Armory, says the White Coat Day celebration was an opportunity for young people to say "thank you" to health professionals who keep the community safe and healthy.

"As the father of a 2-year-old, I know how important it is to develop positive associations and relationships between a child and their health provider,” Aquino says. “Our event is an intentional effort to connect our young people with the health care leaders of their community."

a dental school student arm wrestling with child opponent

Fara Omilabu, a student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, about to lose a round of arm wrestling. Photo: The Armory Foundation.

During the event, the children wore “white coat” t-shirts in honor of the White Coat Ceremony, which welcomes new medical, dental, and nursing students to the health professions during their first days of school.


In the top photo, Rodolfo Olivares, a student in the College of Dental Medicine, checks on his race competition. Photo: The Armory Foundation.

Read more at The Armory Foundation website.