JHHS student recognized for prestigious medical congress

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A Jackson Hole High School junior is going places in her declared career choice and literally packing her bags for New England this summer. Katherine Lewis will be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass., on June 25-27, 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 dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Dr. Mario Capecchi

Lewis 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. Lewis was singled out to represent Wyoming based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, students from across the country will gather to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research. They will receive advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school, witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles, and be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies. Attendees will also learn about 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 for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Katherine Lewis are our future, and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that prospective medical talent must be identified at the earliest possible age and offer help to these students in acquiring the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career.

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