MHS student nominated for Congress of Future Medical Leaders

MHS student Emily Gardner was nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. (Courtesy photo)

MANISTEE — Emily Gardner, a sophomore at Manistee High School, was selected to be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA, held in June 2018.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country, who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dreams. After the event, it aims to provide a path, plan and resources to help them to be successful.

Gardner was nominated by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the science director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Michigan based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Gardner joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school.

Gardner witnessed stories told by patients who are living with medical miracles. Gardner was inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies and learned about the cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, executive director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Emily are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

During the three-day Congress, they touched on veterinary medicine, which is where Gardner’s true passion lies. Gardner met students also interested in veterinary medicine.

Gardner was most intrigued with the hands-on clinic of veterinary medicine offered in Costa Rica for two weeks during the summer months.

Gardner has dreams of attending the clinic and is planning on taking all four years of high school Spanish to better prepare for this trip.

While in Boston, Gardner and her father took in some sightseeing and visited the campus of Harvard, which they both thought was a beautiful place of history. They also took in the New England Aquarium, overall, they said it was a great experience.


Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

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