March 14, 2018 – Thirty BCSD students from Sierra Middle School participated in Kaiser Permanente’s annual “Hippocrates Circle Program” (HCP). During the five-week training program, each student had the opportunity to visit medical centers, interact with various medical professionals and learn more about careers in the medical field.
This is the sixth year of the program, whose mission is to provide youth from varying and diverse backgrounds with awareness that a career as a physician is possible. This opportunity is made possible because of a partnership between the CSUB Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Kaiser Permanente. The ETS program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in college.
Virginia Basulto, ETS representative, said, “ETS staff provides orientation to Sierra Middle School students and encourages them to attend high school, college and beyond.”
Elena Gomez, a participant in the program, was excited to take part in HCP, said, “I attended this program because I wanted to learn more about the medical field and I wish to be a doctor when I grow up. It is important to learn what to do to reach that goal.”
Each student that completed the program had the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony, where they received a certificate of completion and their very own stethoscope.
Link to view short video of event