YOU ARE WORKING SO HARD AND ACHIEVING SO MUCH
YOU DESERVE TO BE AWARDED - TO LEARN HOW
TO REACH YOUR DREAM
THIS IS YOUR MOMENT!
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We are in crisis. A medical crisis unlike any that you or your parents have ever seen.
The truth is there has never been a better time to enter the field of medicine. And there has never been a time that we need you more.
The Congress of Future Medical Leaders was created by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists scientists to give you the confidence and direction you need to propel you forward to GREATNESS.
America’s Highest Achieving High School Students to be Recognized at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders
The recognized annual gathering for the best and brightest high school students in the country.
New Charter University College Credit Available.
At the Congress you come face-to-face with:
Winners of the Nobel Prize, the most prestigious award in the world
Top medical school deans
Ivy League academic leaders
Leaders of medicine
Award-winning young inventors and scientists
Fascinating patients of cutting-edge medicine
Live narrated surgery
And medical futurists
These incredible speaker-mentors are part of the Congress because they believe that YOU are the best hope for the future of medicine.
At the Congress, you will also form long-term friendships with your fellow Delegates, who share your same dreams and passions – other high achieving young people who want to make a difference in the world and devote their future to serving others.
The Congress brings you all together so you can be recognized and honored for your hard work and potential. And most importantly, to inspire you. Because for you, GREATNESS AWAITS.
You will hear again and again from our Grand Masters just how SPECIAL you are.
At the close of the Congress, you will be awarded the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence, which is often highlighted by Alumni to distinguish themselves in college, scholarship, and internship applications.
You will leave brimming with self-confidence and inspiration. Not only will you KNOW you will achieve your full potential in life, but you will have a PLAN for how to get there.
**Delegates have the opportunity to earn one college credit as part of their attendance, with additional coursework required.
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INFORMATION AND FAQS
Delegates may attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders from any location in the world that has a good Internet connection using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Congress is an interactive honors program with frequent live video interaction and bonding between Delegates.
Delegates will converse and complete numerous exercises in small groups and build friendships with future colleagues and collaborators.
Invited students may attend any of the following three scheduled dates to earn their Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence:
- November 21 and 22, 2020
- March 20 and 21, 2021
- June 26 and 27, 2021
Also, as an additional educational benefit, Delegates may attend two, or all three, of the Congresses at no additional cost.
The Congress is historic by its very nature. Never before has there been a national gathering of thousands of the country’s most gifted high school students together with the brightest medical minds of today.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who have a demonstrable GPA of 3.5 or above and want to become physicians or go into medical science. The purpose of the Congress is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct those top students in our country and help them stay true to their dreams.
The lifetime friendships made with future colleagues and the opportunity to network with medical professionals can give Congress Delegates a competitive edge and greater focus as they begin their journey into a career in medicine. Most importantly, after the Congress Delegates will enter the Academy’s free mentoring program, which will provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goals.
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists created the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in 2014, as an in-person event. Since its creation there have been seven in-person Congresses held, creating an Alumni Delegate network of 26,000.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy has developed a LIVE interactive honors program with frequent live video interaction and bonding between Delegates. Delegates will converse and complete numerous exercises in small groups and build friendships with future colleagues and collaborators.
Delegates may attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders from any location in the world that has a good Internet connection using a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
During the two-day Congress, Delegates hear Nobel Laureates and recipients of the National Medal of Science talk about leading medical research. They are given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school. Delegates witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles, are inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.
While speaker mentors will be confirmed approximately three months before the Congress, take a look at speakers from our past events to see what kind of topics and speakers you can expect.
The Academy will share a preliminary schedule on this website approximately three months before the Congress. The final schedule will continue to be adjusted until the Congress begins, as we intend to create the most exciting experience and include the most interesting speakers.
Tuition includes instruction, speakers, education personnel, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence, and all activities at the Congress.
Also, as an additional educational benefit, Delegates may attend two, or all three, of the Congresses at no additional cost.
Students are identified to become Delegates by their teachers, counselors, and principals based on their dedication to entering the medical field as physicians or medical scientists (biomedical, technological, engineering, and mathematical); their leadership potential; and their academic excellence.
Qualified students may also be identified through other means such as academic events, recommendations, youth organizations, honor societies, medical institutions, medical societies, program Alumni, in-classroom surveys, and as a result of their participation with College Board’s Student Search Service®.
After passing the open book exam to demonstrate attendance at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, and upon verification of your 3.5 or above GPA, you will receive the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence. The Award is earned by attending both days of the Congress, participating in activities, and exhibiting leadership in and dedication to the medical profession.
In a COVID-19 world, high-achieving students have lost so many opportunities to distinguish themselves and showcase their talents. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence is used by Delegates in college, scholarship, and internship applications.
The Congress is an academic honors program. You must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent), either current or cumulative, to attend.
Unless you were nominated by a teacher, you must verify your GPA. Complete information on how to verify your GPA will be provided at enrollment. If you arrive at the Congress without a verified GPA you will still be allowed to participate, but you will not receive your Award of Excellence until you provide documentation.
Based on the educational value of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, Delegates have the option to earn one college credit offered by New Charter University.
College credit is an opportunity to credential yourself and demonstrate to universities and other institutions that you have already completed college-level academic work.
To be eligible, Delegates must successfully complete the Congress of Future Medical Leaders by attending all sessions, taking notes during the Congress, and submitting a Congress Reflection essay.
The cost of the one college credit offered by New Charter University in conjunction with the Congress of Future Medical Leaders is $275. This includes $225 for college credit tuition plus a $50 NCU registration fee.
More information on transferable college credit from New Charter University including on the coursework and refund policy is available here.
Alternatively, contact the Admissions Office by phone at (617) 307-7425 or by email at Admissions@FutureMedicalLeaders.com.
The Academy encourages all students with disabilities to attend. Please call the Admissions Office to discuss specific needs by phone at (617) 307-7425.
You should choose a quiet and well-lit space in your home to experience the Congress. Be sure that the area is free of distractions to you and your peers, such as background noise and glares from windows. Ideally, choose a desk for your computer with a comfortable chair to sit in that places you within the frame of the computer’s webcam, and a solid colored wall behind you. Anything affixed to the wall in the background (decorations, posters, art) should be suitable for a classroom.
To successfully participate in the Congress, you will need:
- A computer that is virus-free and capable of running the latest versions of internet browsers and software.
- A high-speed internet connection that can support streaming video and interactive audio. Those without reliable high-speed internet can still participate fully through audio and chat. They can also go to their church, library, or community center with good internet.
- While it is not essential, you can also directly wire your computer to your router or move to a location with the strongest wifi signal for a better experience.
- A microphone to participate in the Congress breakouts. Most computers come with a built-in microphone, however, if yours does not, you can purchase a USB connected headset with a microphone. Here’s a low-cost option from Amazon.
- A webcam if you choose to participate in the Congress via video. If your computer does not already have a built-in webcam, you can purchase an external one that can be connected to your computer via USB. Here’s a good, low-cost option that includes a microphone on Amazon.
Absolutely. The technical team is hard at work to ensure the Congress is a closed environment that will be password protected and safe for Delegates.
The Academy expects that Delegates will make a positive contribution to the experience of their fellow Delegates and to the intellectual atmosphere of the Congress. Delegates are expected to engage seriously and be focused on participation. Disruptive behavior or the use of the Congress platforms for inappropriate content or discourse will not be tolerated.
Delegates are further responsible for their social or public conduct, including that in digital forums such as text messages, social media posts, emails, and discussion boards. Cyberbullying will not be tolerated.
Parents and families are encouraged to attend the Congress at no additional charge. This allows for rich and meaningful “dinner table” conversations between parents and Delegates, as Delegates are motivated and inspired to see a bigger and bigger future for themselves during the Congress. More than 80% of parents and Delegates say they feel closer to one another as a result of attending the Congress.
The education, motivation, and recognition at the Congress can inspire students to take the personal actions necessary to become much stronger candidates for competitive college and medical school admissions.
Attendance at the Congress can also enhance a student’s academic profile by adding to their showcase of extracurricular experience and achievement needed when applying to colleges and universities, especially during a time when COVID-19 has made fewer academic enrichment activities available.
Delegates will be able to create their own news release, using an template developed by the Academy. Included are instructions on how to distribute this release to local newspapers and television stations so that Delegates can get maximum recognition for their achievements.
First, to develop and execute a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime educational experience. This involves the work of hundreds of people, many months of planning and a whole lot of resources.
Second, scholarships. Teachers from across the country who are part of the Academy’s Honorary Board of Educators will award hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships. As well, the Academy is proud to offer a limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need.
And third, to fund the many free of charge services that the Academy provides to all students, regardless of GPA. Among the free services 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 giving them information about college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance, and much more.
Students may receive a Congress tuition refund within 30 days of their first payment. Any cancellation and request for refund must be submitted in writing by the Parent/Guardian who submitted the enrollment online. Refunds may take 4-6 weeks to process. Any Delegate dismissed from the Congress for violation of the Code of Conduct is not eligible for any refund.
Refunds on College Credit are made in compliance with NCU’s policies as required by its accreditor.
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Boston Office Address
National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists
Harvard Square, 1 Mifflin Place, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02138