Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Graduates 30 Students from Seventh Annual Hippocrates Circle Program

Leaders from Kaiser Permanente Panorama Antelope Valley pose with Hippocrates Circle Program graduates from Shadow Hills Intermediate School in Palmdale.

LANCASTER, Calif., November 7, 2017 — Thirty students from Shadow Hills Intermediate School in Palmdale graduated from Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley’s seventh annual Hippocrates Circle Program. Students celebrated their accomplishments with their parents, physicians, teachers, and school and elected officials at a graduation ceremony on November 1.

Hippocrates Circle is funded by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Benefit and introduces under-represented middle school students to careers in health care.

As part of the program, the students shadowed physicians at Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, took part in CPR demonstrations, dissections, and gained valuable insight into the roles of nutrition and exercise in health and wellness.

At the ceremony, speakers reinforced the message to the students, who are about to enter high school, that they have people who believe in them and that their educational journey is an important achievement for them and their families. Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Family Medicine physician, Dr. Jose Chavez was the keynote speaker at the graduation.

“The Hippocrates Circle Program has opened the door for these students,” says Hippocrates Circle Program Chairman, Diana Davio, MD. “Many of these students may have never had considered a career in medicine, but now, thanks to this program, they have the tools and motivation to pursue their dreams.”

The Hippocrates Circle program is just one of many youth workforce development programs that Kaiser Permanente offers. Others include the Summer Youth Employment Program, Medical Explorers, INROADS internships, and Residency and Fellowship opportunities.

Hippocrates Circle reaches nearly 900 students every year. Since the program’s inception in 2000, about 8,000 students have graduated and dozens have gone on to become physicians, some of whom currently practice at Kaiser Permanente.

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