Hippocrates Circle Program introduces medicine to minorities

By Dean K. Matsuda, MD

Volunteers help motivate children to consider medical careers

The honorary presidential guest address given by Douglas Jackson, MD, at the 2008 Western Orthopaedic Association annual meeting in Hawaii triggered my involvement in the Hippocrates Circle Program (HCP). In his address, “Volunteerism and Diversity: An Orthopaedist’s Responsibility,” Dr. Jackson emphasized that the medical field is losing many potential talented children because of our failing school system, which has the greatest negative impact on Hispanic and African-American populations.

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