Low-Income Students Find Possible Career Path in Healthcare
Envision Physician Services recently co-sponsored the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society's 6th Annual Career Symposium in Palm Beach County, Florida. The symposium, which was designed to help historically underrepresented communities learn more about careers in healthcare, science and medicine, attracted more than 700 high school students.
“A lot of these students are from low-income families, and they may be the first in their families to attend college,” said Marcous Gardner, Regional Anesthesia Practice Director for Envision Physician Services.
“This day helped expose them to careers in healthcare, technology and science, and educate them about what preparation is needed.”
Named after the first African-American physician in Palm Beach County, the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society works to advocate for the development of minority healthcare professionals. Through the symposium, the society reaches students within the local community who may not otherwise have had exposure to medical careers.
Envision Physician Services team members were eager to assist. Roger Duncan M.D., Vice Chief of Anesthesia at Palms West Hospital, organized and chaired the event while his colleague, Cheryl L. Holder, M.D., Associate Professor and Program Director at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, delivered the keynote speech.
The team also led a workshop for students, answering questions about careers in healthcare and discussing how Envision Physician Services and its parent company, Envision Healthcare, is committed to improving the delivery of high-quality care and building healthier communities.