In June, three Chatham High School students attended the 2016 Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Mass. Scarlett Blydenburgh, Alessa Khan, and Logan Richardson attended the three-day symposium as delegates, where they attended a series of medical lectures by renowned medical researchers, who are leaders in their field. The student delegates also had the opportunity to observe a live surgery and ask questions of the surgeon. They stayed in dormitories at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell during their stay, which offered them a short taste of college life.
In reflecting on the value of the experience, Scarlett said, “The conference changed my perspective on the field of medicine in a positive way in that I’m strongly thinking of majoring in science in college. Specifically, I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a little kid because of my deep love and protection for animals, and this experience just added the courage for me to pursue my childhood dream.”
Many of the speakers were researchers who have been recognized by national and international organizations for the work they have done in their fields. Additional speakers included promising young minds that have made significant advanced in the field of medicine.
In order to attend the congress, these students had to demonstrate leadership potential, have earned a GPA of 3.5 or above, and aspire to be physicians, scientists or technologists.