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It’s time to get to know one in every of our co-hosts a bit higher. On this episode of Off the Charts, we discuss with our co-host, Dr. Steven Jackson. He’s the medical director of affected person expertise and a bodily medication and rehabilitation (PM&R) doctor. At present, we discuss with him about rising up in Chicago and his private expertise with racism.

He talks with us about rising up within the South Aspect of Chicago, when he determined to be a physician and his private expertise with racism. Take heed to the episode or learn the transcript.

Rising up in Chicago

Dr. Jackson grew up within the internal metropolis of the South Aspect of Chicago along with his mom. Although it was simply the 2 of them, he had a number of cousins close by, so he by no means felt lonely. His mother raised him with the philosophy of “at all times do your finest,” and he took that to coronary heart. Even when his finest was a C+, what mattered was that he had given it his all.

Faculty days and selecting to turn out to be a physician

By elementary faculty, Dr. Jackson attended the identical neighborhood public faculty that his cousins did. However as soon as he was within the fifth grade, his mother transferred him to a math and science academy. It was right here that his mother discovered concerning the alternative to ship Dr. Jackson to boarding faculty for highschool.

Along with a number of alternatives, this gave Dr. Jackson a perspective of the world past Chicago. It additionally supplied rigorous lecturers that set him up for his future in medication.

There wasn’t a standout second the place Dr. Jackson remembers understanding he wished to be a physician. As a substitute, there have been a collection of small moments that led him to his future profession.

This contains coming to work along with his mother at her job as a well being unit coordinator at a hospital. He watched her discuss with everybody she handed whereas strolling by means of the hospital and wished to do one thing the place he might additionally construct connections. He pursued medication from a younger age, hoping to construct neighborhood and assist folks.

Dr. Jackson’s work with variety, fairness and inclusion

His work led him right here to HealthPartners the place he works in variety, fairness and inclusion alongside his function as a PM&R physician. He needs to make use of this work to assist folks succeed regardless of discrimination that they face all through their lives.

Dr. Jackson’s expertise with racism began early. His first reminiscence of racism occurred when he was only a child. Take heed to the episode to listen to the complete story and study extra about Dr. Jackson.

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