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Medical students from Tulane and LSU unite to plant Tree of Hippocrates

October 19, 2023 3:15 PM

Hippocrates Tree Ceremony

Watch: Students and faculty honor the Father of Medicine with the dedication of the Tree of Hippocrates Circle. (Video by Ian McLachlan)


A sycamore tree can live hundreds of years, and a sapling now taking root outside University Medical Center will grow to inspire generations of learners practicing medicine. Students and faculty from Tulane University and LSU Schools of Medicine gathered to dedicate the new Tree of Hippocrates circle earlier this week. The sapling was cut from the current Tree of Hippocrates in Kos, Greece, a sycamore that's growing on the site where Hippocrates taught the first medical students more than 2,000 years ago. 

The Tulane School of Medicine Peterman-Prosser Endowed Fund provided financial support for the project, which includes special landscaping to recognize and promote the ideals of patient care as exemplified by Hippocrates and recited in his oath by students of medicine. Watch the video to learn more about the Tree of Hippocrates Circle at UMC.