For National Doctors’ Day, Health Science Center physicians visit schools across San Antonio, Harlingen

They will speak to nearly 4,000 young people in hopes of encouraging the next generation of medical doctors

WHAT: To commemorate National Doctors’ Day, physicians from the School of Medicine of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio fan out across the city and as far away as Harlingen to tell schoolchildren their personal stories of how they were drawn to the profession and to talk about what it takes to become a doctor.
Nearly 4,000 students will hear from more than 30 Health Science Center doctors.

WHEN: National Doctors’ Day: Tuesday, March 30, throughout the day.

WHERE: Thirty-six public and private schools in the greater San Antonio area and one in Harlingen. The schools span nine public school districts.

WHO: Faculty speakers from the School of Medicine, representing a wide range of specialties: anesthesiology, family and community medicine, medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology and surgery.

NOTES: Possibilities for media coverage include:
• Luci K. Leykum, M.D., associate professor of medicine, who will speak at Clark High School (5150 De Zavala, San Antonio 78249) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Jesus R. Ramirez, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedics, who will speak at P.F. Stewart Elementary School (1950 Rigsby Ave., San Antonio 78210) from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Leonel Vela, M.D., M.P.H., regional dean of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center, who will speak at the Early College High School (2510 Pecan St., Building R, Harlingen 78550) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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