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Marcus Learns About the Different Types of Doctors-bookcover

By: Obed Figueroa

Marcus Learns About the Different Types of Doctors

Pages: 26 Ratings: 5.0
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The story is based in the Bronx, New York, and tells of a curious young second grader, Marcus, who is interested in becoming a doctor. He wants to know what doctors do at work and how they help people. His grandmother's resourcefulness leads them on an adventure to their local community health center, where they meet a variety of healthcare professionals: a Dentist, an Allopathic Doctor (MD), an Osteopathic Doctor (DO), a Podiatrist (DPM), and a male Nurse (RN). What does Marcus learn by going on this adventure? How does he react seeing relatable doctors that look like him?
Obed has been a leader in education, influencing primary education schools to graduate medical education. He helped lead key national initiatives while helping imbed the values and behaviours that shift organizational behaviour. His experience includes establishing new schools, workshops, academic programs and minority-focused initiatives at an array of universities, and non-profits in New York City; including Touro College and the University of Medicine and Health Sciences. He holds a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Empire State College and a Master's degree from Stony Brook University. Obed's a regular columnist and his peer review research publications in diversity, management and sustainability can be found at Medical Education Online, the Journal of Management and Sustainability and the Journal of International Research.
Customer Reviews
5 reviews
5 reviews
  • Barbara Wismer Amazon Review

    Shows kids are an integral part of their community health. The author’s approach is both empowering and fun, wonderful book to share

  • Michelle Zayas

    Love love this book! My 9-year-old has been thinking about what he wants to be when he grows up and this book is perfect for him. Its story is engaging and has bright, fun illustrations that will keep any child reading over and over again. A great addition to our family library at home for many generations to come!

  • Jose Prieto, DO, Internal Medicine at the Bond Clinic

    Mr. Figueroa's book addresses a growing disparity in this country, the underrepresentation of certain ethnic minority groups in medicine. Exposing these youth to the various healthcare professions and the idea that these professions are within their reach will hopefully begin to reverse this trend. Bravo!

  • Renée Volny Darko, DO, MBA Obstetrician-Gynecologist

    Marcus Learns About the Different Types of Doctors is a wonderfully delightful read for school-aged children. As a physician that knew at a young age that she wanted to become a doctor, I can say that this book would have been a great resource for me while growing up. What makes this book so inspiring is that it is set in an inner-city neighborhood where many children have dreams of becoming doctors, but often have no guidance on how to reach that goal. Marcus and his grandmother recognize that the information that is needed is right in their own backyard at the local health center. What a wonderful blueprint for children and their families! I have no doubt that after reading this, many children like Marcus will find themselves using their own neighborhoods as a learning tool! I highly recommend Marcus Learns About the Different Types of Doctors and my sons love it, too!

  • Aixa Rodriguez, ESL teacher, Founder Bronx Educators United for Justice, Host InformNation on BronxNet

    Set in the community check. Characters include an elder caregiver check. A variety of medical professionals depicted check. Stereotypes broken check.
    Applause for a book I read with my niece that inspired her to look around her for role models in the everyday helpers around her.

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