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Morris resdient chosen for Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

MORRIS – Randi Olson, a senior of American Home High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

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, provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Olson of Morris was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine, according to a news release.

During the three-day Congress, Olson will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what is to be expected in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and 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 of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, in the release. “Focused, bright and determined students like Randi Olson 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 it plans to launch in 2013 and 2014 are online social networks; opportunities for students to be guided by mentors; 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 it must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career.

For information, visit www.FutureDocs.com.

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