Committees  |   April 2019
Going Back Home to Pay It Forward: ASA Committee on Professional Diversity Doctor’s Back to School 2018 event
Author Affiliations
  • Vernon H. Ross, M.D.
    Committee on Professional Diversity
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Education / CPD / Infectious Disease / Committees
Committees   |   April 2019
Going Back Home to Pay It Forward: ASA Committee on Professional Diversity Doctor’s Back to School 2018 event
ASA Monitor 4 2019, Vol.83, 48-49.
ASA Monitor 4 2019, Vol.83, 48-49.
It is an October Monday morning in San Francisco 1967. A 13-year-old young man wakes up early and gets ready to head off to school. He attends Portola Junior High school, a predominately black and Hispanic school in San Francisco. It is a long walk to school carrying his books and his saxophone. He gets to the school playground at around 8 a.m. and sides are chosen up for three-on-three basketball before the bell rings for homeroom. After homeroom, his classes are: first period, social studies; second period, English; third period, band (where he plays the saxophone); then fourth period, lunch. During lunchtime, he participates in intramural league games on the school playground. Then comes fifth period science, sixth period algebra and seventh period physical education. After school, he has basketball practice before heading home. This young man’s mother is a school teacher. His mother demands that he do well in school. The young man’s family physician has seen some potential in him and encourages him to become a physician. With this encouragement, he studies hard to do well in school. Sometimes he gets teased from his peers for making good grades and doing so well in school.
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