For National Doctors’ Day, School of Medicine physicians visit schools across San Antonio

WHAT: To commemorate National Doctors’ Day, physicians from the School of Medicine of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio will make house calls across the city 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 2,000 students will hear from more than 20 Health Science Center doctors.

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

WHERE: Thirteen high schools, four middle schools and two elementary schools.

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

NOTES: Possibilities for media coverage include:

  • Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, professor of neurology and vice president for medical affairs at the Health Science Center, who will speak at the South San Antonio Career Center (2615 Navajo, San Antonio 78224) from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Darlene Metter, M.D., professor and vice chair of radiology, who will speak at Jackson-Keller Elementary School (1601 Jackson-Keller, San Antonio 78217) from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
  • William L. Henrich, M.D., president of the Health Science Center, who will speak at Health Careers High School (4646 Hamilton Wolfe Road, San Antonio 78229) from 2:30 to 4 p.m.


UT Medicine San Antonio is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. With more than 700 doctors – all faculty from the School of Medicine – UT Medicine is the largest medical practice in Central and South Texas, with expertise in more than 60 different branches of medicine. Primary care doctors and specialists see patients in private practice at UT Medicine’s clinical home, the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), located in the South Texas Medical Center at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio 78229. Most major health plans are accepted, and there are clinics and physicians at several local and regional hospitals, including CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, University Hospital and Baptist Medical Center. Call (210) 450-9000 to schedule an appointment, or visit the Web site at for a complete listing of clinics and phone numbers.

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