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Next Generation of Medical Professionals

Kaiser Permanente Kern County physicians and staff came together to help build a brighter future for 30 Sierra Middle School students who are interested in careers in health care.

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Kaiser Permanente Kern County physicians and staff came together to help build a brighter future for 30 Sierra Middle School students who are interested in careers in health care. The Hippocrates Circle Program opens doors for seventh and eighth graders from diverse backgrounds who want to become physicians someday.

The students met for five Saturdays in January and February with physicians, other medical professionals, and medical students who shared their own experiences in health care. Students also learned about solutions for overcoming the major challenges of paying for higher education.

The most fun and interactive day consisted of a visit to the Chester Avenue Medical Office. Students had the opportunity to learn from physicians who practice in a broad range of specialties. . They participated in hands-on demonstrations and had the opportunity to interact with their physician mentors. They even had the chance to show off the skills they learned to detect broken bones by reading X-rays and by applying a cast on the arm of another student.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Hippocrates Circle Program in Kern County,” says Dr. Michelle Quiogue, Physician Champion for the Hippocrates Circle Program. “Over 35 physicians and staff volunteer their time to make the Program happen each year.