FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
America’s Highest Achieving High School Students to be Honored at June 25-27, 2016 Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts
A Historic Gathering of
Our Nation’s Great Medical Leaders of
this Generation…..and the Next.
Invitation is by Academic Nomination only.
All students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA to attend.
We believe it is unacceptable that so many of America’s highest potential students never fulfill their dream of entering the medical profession because they lack resources, direction, self confidence or guidance. This is especially dangerous at a time when our country desperately needs more physicians and medical scientists.
The Congress of Future Medical Leaders was created by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to help solve this problem by gathering many of the country’s finest high school students who aspire to careers in medicine and singling them out for special recognition and ongoing mentorship.
The Congress brings these young Delegates face-to-face with:
- Winners of the Nobel Prize, the most prestigious award in the world;
- Award winning young inventors and scientists;
- Top medical school deans;
- Ivy League academic leaders;
- Leaders of medicine;
- Fascinating patients;
- And medical futurists;
for three once-in-a-lifetime days of awe inspiring motivation, excitement, friendship and education.
The Congress of Future Medical Leaders, sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, will honor these young leaders and direct them to stay true to their dreams.
Once Delegates leave the Congress they will enter a free program that provides the continual mentorship, resources, direction and network of connections to achieve their dreams.
This will be a truly transformational experience.
The Congress is an academic honors program and all attendees are selected by their teachers or the academy based on proven academic excellence and a demonstrated desire to enter the medical profession.
All students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent) to be nominated.
A large number of places in the Congress have been reserved for students on academic scholarships. Many students will be selected for full academic scholarships by their teachers or guidance counselors for leadership ability, academic achievement and dedication to the profession of medicine. In addition, a limited number of partial scholarships are also available based primarily on financial need.
During the Congress, students will view surgery and have an opportunity to submit questions for the surgeon to answer in real time during the procedure.
They will learn about state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and be inspired by world changing researchers, futurists and technologists.
They will feel the transformative energy of being surrounded by other young stars just like them: America’s best and brightest – the future of medicine.
They will make long-term friendships with those who share their dreams and passion – other young people who want to make a difference in the world and devote their future to saving lives and being part of the exponential advances in medicine that never before could have been imagined.
The theme of the June 2016 Congress is “Greatness Awaits,” and Delegates will be mentored by some of the greatest living minds in medicine – men and women who are literally leading humanity into the 21st century of medical miracles.
Luminaries of the medical field will be inspiring the young people as will leaders of the profession from government and the public sector.
Speakers will include Nobel Prize Laureates, top medical school deans, leaders in medical research and cutting-edge technology, and leaders from private industry.
At the close of the Congress, Delegates will participate in a formal candlelit ceremony where they will be awarded the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Achievement.
The Congress will be held in one of America’s medical meccas, Boston, Massachusetts, June 25, 26 and 27, 2016.
What People Are Saying…
My daughter McKenna attended this past weekend. What she took away from this experience cannot be measured; I should say, what we both took away. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. The organization, the speakers, the tremendous group of young people was a testimony to the success of a great organization. McKenna has a mild case of cerebral palsy which fortunately did not affect her intelligence but has left her mildly handicapped. To have heard from leading experts in the field of neurology, understanding the brain and its functions and gaining knowledge of neuro transmitters, was a window into her own brain and how it works and how sometimes, it doesn’t. She would love to be a part of your organization and would’ve helped next November, but she will only be 17. I would also like to help in ANY way possible. I have already passed on the details of the weekend to many of my fellow Virginians and will continue to do so. If there are areas you need assistance, please let me know. My background is in education, primarily middle school, but I have always had a real desire to help children be successful and live out their dreams.
Again, thank you for the tremendous gift you have given my daughter. Her three daily “wins” are already a part of her routine.
— Melissa D., Northern Virginia
Little did I know you guys would turn into family. You really are going to be my future friends and current friends. I knew going into this would be amazing, but I didn’t realize it would be this life changing. I loved all the speakers and all my friends.
— Kylea E.
Dear Mr. Rossi,
I am the mother of delegate Amanda from Miami, Fl., who was nominated to attend the Congress that took place this weekend. I wanted to tell you, that when I agreed to take her to the Congress, paid the fee and made travel arrangements for herself and I, I never thought that the actual Congress was going to take place. To be honest, I actually thought it could be a scam.
I am writing to you today, because I needed to tell you, how very wrong I was. I never voiced my thoughts to anyone, but deep inside I was very afraid that it was never going to happen. I needed to tell you, how in Awe I found myself this entire weekend. You did not just deliver every one of your promises, but so much more. I was truly impressed the entire weekend, with you, the incredible speakers, the program and with the entire set up.
You deserve a Heroes Standing Ovation for making this Congress a reality. For giving these young delegates a sense of value, confidence that they can make a difference, and showing them that with lots of work, effort and determination only Great Things Can Happen. You need to feel extremely proud of your Accomplishments this weekend. These young delegates will always remember this incredible weekend. It truly was an honor to attend and be a part of this Congress.
I pray you may continue to hold this Congress for these young delegates for many more years to come. I thank you very much for making it a Life Memorable Event.
— Alina L., Miami, FL
— LouAnn H.
To think that only a week ago I was having the experience of a life time. I miss it sooooo much! I am now more energized and more motivated than I have ever been. I can’t believe how much this congress changed me. I can’t wait to pursue my dreams in being a surgeon. I’m definitely proud of all of us and where we are today.
— Aubrey W.
Dear Mr. Rossi,
Thank you for this inspiring week-end!
The “WOW” factor was incredibly high at this conference. As a nurse for 28 years (Trauma, ER and recovery) I can honestly say I have never been to a nursing or anesthesia conference that did that for me.
Coming from Scottsdale, Az. we almost didn’t make it. Several flights booked, cancelled and rescheduled. I kept saying to myself “could it be worth the added expense?” I can say without a shadow of a doubt , IT WAS!!!!
My daughter Nicole hopes to attend in November, but like many I am not sure if it is in our budget (her older brother just got admitted to Stanford, an expense we are grateful to have, but creates more of a financial crunch than we had in the past). She is going to compete for the scholarship.
Thank you again for providing this opportunity. While, I feel lucky to be a Nurse, and there has never been a day that I have not been grateful to go to work. I do wonder how different life would have been with the mentorship often talked about at this conference. I will continue to encourage my own children, and with people like you, it makes my job real easy!!!
— Mary K., Scottsdale, AZ
We have an autoimmune disorder that runs in our family & I have just started to explain this to Trevor (my son; one of y’alls delegates) over the past 6 months. Trevor & I are HLA-B27 positive. I have been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) & reactive arthritis. My father had severe AS & ended up paralyzed, with T10-11 injury after having aortic valve surgery. Following stem cell research offered my father fascination & hope. He passed away in 2007. Genetic research has offered my family knowledge, insight & choices. Certain bacterial and viral infections can trigger an HLA-B27 positive person to have auto-immune disorders/disease.
With warm & heart felt thanks for all y’all gave our children over the past 3 days. Please thank all your speakers and feel free to forward this letter. Your speaker line up truly touched our lives and the children Richard gathered at this congress will especially impact my family’s future health. It is a bright future after this weekend. Y’all were Absolutely Excellent!
— Kim W.
I had the privilege of attending the conference the past three days and consider it one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you!
— Mekhala R.
— Dezare’e L.
Please convey my thanks to Mr. Rossi and everyone else who made this possible. I was a scholarship recipient for the Congress, and I would not have been able to make it without the financial assistance. That being said, the Congress was phenomenal, far better than I had ever anticipated. I am a senior in high school, and my dream is to become a physician and biomedical engineer to not only treat my patients but invent solutions to their problems as well. I have applied to college and am waiting to hear back from several top choices, and the Congress really opened new avenues of interest for me in medicine and biotechnology that I will likely be able to pursue next year.
One of the best experiences I had at the Congress was meeting Dr. Sigal, a plastic surgeon in the DC Area, during one of the lunch breaks. He sat down with me and a few other delegates and started a conversation about the pros and cons of different medical fields and what it’s like to actually be a doctor. His piece of advice perhaps resonated with me more than any other this weekend: “Don’t be a doctor unless you truly can’t see yourself doing anything else.” I definitely place myself in this category, and it was reinforcing to hear that from a successful physician who loves what he does.
After my experience at the Congress, I would be thrilled to come back and help on the team next year if possible – I applied to some schools in close proximity to D.C, so fingers crossed! If you have room to take me, I will turn 18 in July and will be a freshman in college in November.
Best regards and renewed optimism for the future,
— Owen L.
My daughter, Steffi, and I had a wonderful time at your conference. It was well thought out, well presented, well-rounded, and meaningful for both me and my daughter.
— Barbara B, Esq.
Before anything, I would like to thank the whole Congress crew for putting this together! It created history, it was amazing! It inspired me and others! I truly admire Richard Rossi for all of his hard work!
Unfortunately my flights were canceled and I couldn’t make it; I watched the live stream. I have enrolled for the Congress in November, and I am beyond excited!
— Araceli C.
I had the most amazing time I could have asked for and feel so much more confident and excited going into this wonderful field with so many amazing leaders to look up to. AND I met some of the absolute warmest, friendliest people I’ve ever met. So thank you to all those of you I was so lucky to meet. I will never forget this weekend and how lucky I was to be a part of it!
— Nicola M.
Good morning. My son had a tremendous time at the congress last weekend. Looking forward to attending again this November. Thanks! All the best.
— Robert G.
Our daughter Ester and ourselves have had a pleasure of attending the 2014 Congress of Future Physicians and Medical Scientist this past weekend, and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Everything — the overall organization, the diversity and caliber of the speakers, the various activities, the historical venue, and the thriving delegate community — has been superb. Please accept our deep gratitude for making Ester’s participation in this outstanding event a reality. She has returned from the Congress as motivated as ever about her professional pursuits, and is now looking forward to new programs by the Academy.
Thank you again for this outstanding experience.
— Sergei S.
It was an honor for me to hear from you and all the amazing speakers this past weekend at the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. After attending this Congress, I was truly inspired and motivated to begin being a part of the wonderful world of science.
— Mark M.
My daughter, Hayley Sanchez, attended the conference last weekend. It was amazing and she had a great time.
I also want to thank you for all of the help you provided at the conference. It was great that someone was there to answer all of our questions. The conference was very well organized and Hayley enjoyed it so much.
— Jennifer S.
Thank you, my daughter Mistee had a wonderful time and walked away with a lot of knowledge and now wants to be a pediatrician in addition to her goal of being a psychologist, the speakers encouraged her to aim high and go for more then one goal if she wanted, we cannot thank you enough.
— Sherrie S.
My son Nick and I attended the conference last weekend and I just want to tell you that it was amazing. I wasn’t sure what to expect but let me tell you my son had the best time.
He absolutely loved all the speakers especially Dr. Jill Bolte, Brendon Burchard and Carmen Blandin Tarleton. And on top of that he made so many new friends.
We had to be at the armory at 8:30 on Saturday and Sunday because they wanted to make sure that they would sit together. It has been a week and they are still in contact every day. It is amazing what happens when you meet kids with the same interests and goals.
He did nominate a friend from his school and he would love to come back in November!!
We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully see you in November. Again thank you very much for an amazing experience!!!
Thanks and regards,
— Gabriela and Nicholas T.
I wanted to thank you for an extraordinary experience over the weekend. My son Trenton is very proud that he was able to attend. He is still talking about it nonstop to anyone that will listen. Only suggestions maybe nicer music. And warmer time of year. Lol. Seriously, it was great. We both learned a lot. We look forward to future events.
I give you all a huge round of applause to all that you have done for these delegates and their families. Yes there will be glitches in events this big and that is expected but all in all it was wonderful and you did a great job and should be so proud!!
Kayla is hoping that the student that she has invited for November decides to come cause she really would like to be a part of it again in November for free of course this time but she would love to be there again.
Thank you again all for everything that you did.
— Brenda and Kayla L.
Thank you all for making the opportunity available. It was amazing and I had a wonderful, inspiring weekend at the Congress; I am sure that the program will continue to do well in the future! I hope that I will be able to attend again in November, but until then, best wishes!
— Sara M.
Thank you so much. My name is Morgan and I attend the Congress it was an amazing experience! Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity. I made so many great friends and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Thank you everyone!
— Morgan M.
Thank you for providing a wonderful weekend for my daughter. It was an amazing experience and I appreciate all of the hard work that went into organizing it!
— Wanda W.
— Ashli M.
On behalf of my family, we would like to extend a thank you to the entire team that put together this wonderful event. Michael came home very excited and determined that he will pursue medicine and continue his journey to become a surgeon. A special thank you to the two sign interpreters that assisted Michael. Great memories were created, new friends were made, networking resources started. And to the many speakers that presented, you left an impression on our family. Thank you all and best wishes to all future endeavors.
— Marcy B.
For all the speakers,
I just wanted to thank all of the speakers that spoke to us, they’ve all been a big motivation to me. I came looking for new knowledge and that’s what I received. I wish the best for all the speakers later on I’m their lives, may God bless you!
— Tamera C.
I want to add my thoughts about the significant value this event has contributed to my son’s future. THANK YOU to the whole team of coordinators, speakers, sponsors and more. Though some aspects will indeed need improvement, overall, this was an extremely beneficial moment in my son’s pursuit of a medical career. He not only gained more clarity and direction about his professional endeavors, but also gained guidance and counsel about his inner world through skill building and self regulation tips. Wow, what a great combination!!! More than I bargained for! I am so appreciative for this opportunity and hope that you will carry on with this good work and take all the “advice” from other parents and make it even BETTER! You’ve set the bar high, so please keep going! Wishing all the delegates luck and peace and happiness in your bright, brilliant futures!
— Allison H.
We wanted to thank the Congress staff, speakers and volunteers for an exceptional three days. With three flight cancelations and many challenges to get to DC, we maintained a glass half full attitude throughout our 6 days in DC. This program provided a platform for our daughter to continue her goals to become a cardiologist. The program will be one of the experiences in her journey. We wish the Congress and other families the best of luck.
— Joe T.
— Chris K.
The opportunity for parents to experience the substantive content of the Congress right along with their students in attendance was INCREDIBLE! I learned so much. I really feel like our FAMILY received more than our money’s worth. This was an incredible event, and I applaud all who made it possible! Here’s to many more Congress events in the future! Outstanding team you led, Mr. Richard Rossi!
— Rhonda C.
My daughter and myself feel very blessed to have been able to attend this most wonderful conference! We are so thankful Mr. Rossi not only had this vision but had the strength and courage to act on it and ensure that these great delegates had, and continue to have, an opportunity to attend. So often, such students don’t have the direction or knowledge of how to reach their dreams – they now have peers and mentors, counselors, role models, support and guidance – people with similar dreams and those with experience, knowledge, and connections all right by their sides!!! As for us parents – we have the same So many thanks and blessed feelings!!!
— Rachel L.
This past weekend was one of my all time favorite weekends, and the congress was filled with so much excitement, fun, and energy! I met so many wonderful people and the speakers were absolutely incredible!!! I most definitely intend on keeping touch with each and everyone of the people I met, and I really hope that we meet again in all of our journeys through the medical field!
As for those of you that weren’t able to go to this one, I’m trying my hardest to find a way to go to the one in November to meet you guys!
Love all around, and to be honest as I’m sitting at home there is nothing more I want than to be at the armory listening noble prize winners speak with the smell of very greasy overpriced food in the air!!
— HwaYoun K.
No words can describe the fun I had this weekend at the congress of future medical leaders! It was truly an amazing experience of a lifetime, and I’m so grateful for every second of it. I’m very proud of myself to be part of the congress as an honoree, and the movement that will truly make a difference in educating future scientists and researchers like us.
Thank you sooo much for an astonishing and a life changing weekend, and thank you again for everything that you did to make this possible.
It was absolutely incredible.
— Sisi L.
This weekend helped my son decide he wants to become a surgeon. He was so inspired, and had such fun. I cannot thank the people who worked so hard to organize this event enough. Amazing.
— Theresa G.
So I was in class today and we were talking about young people who changed the world, my teacher mentioned a boy who at a very young age discovered a way to detect if someone has pancreatic cancer, I asked if this guy was Jack Andraka. My teacher said yes in a surprised voice, have you heard of him? I answered casually was, yea Imet him. You should have seen the look on his face!
— Natasha G.
Goodness, my heart is overflowing with such a passion for the medical field ever since the congress. I thought I couldn’t wait to be a doctor before now I’m considering counting down each day until I finally am where I am called to be lol. I love this field- Couldn’t imagine wanting to be anything else.
— Breana H.
So you’re all officially 1,000+ of the greatest human beings I’ve ever been in a room with so thanks again for one of the best weekends of my life.
— Cassidy A.
As a result in not being able to talk to you in person at the Congress due to the long line I just wanted to send you a personal email to express my thanks to you! When I was nominated to the Congress at first I honestly thought it was a joke, no way, it couldn’t be, but I took a chance and now have been inspired beyond my belief. I knew as the Congress got closer that it was a step in the right direction towards my future, and would really help me decide if becoming a doctor is really what I wanted or just an accomplishment I had for myself, but I never knew how much it would actually impact me. From the moment I walked through the door I knew it was going to change my life! All the energy, the new people, and the speakers have changed my life forever! So I just wanted to personally thank you for the nomination! It has changed my life and I definitely know what direction I want to go. Although I can’t help in November because I won’t be 18 after November whenever the next Congress is I would love to help! If there is anything else that I can help with I would be more than willing to help! The Congress has changed my life and has given me a new perspective on life, and a new family of friends, and I want to give that chance to other delegates. I want others to know how amazing and inspiring the Congress is! So Thank you very much for the amazing opportunity and I hope to see you in November!
Thank you very much!
— Jordan F. Millinocket, ME
— Theresa R.
This is an excellent valuable opportunity for us (as a parent) and for my kid. We got lot of knowledge, courage, and wisdom from notable speakers. Excellent job. Thanks
I am a nurse with a MSN. I want the whole team to know that I was really impressed by the whole program last weekend. It was like attending a Medical or Nursing Continuing Education offering.
Thank you for allowing the parents to listen to all the speakers-it would have been unfortunate if you did not because of the information packed into the whole weekend. I was worried about how long the program went each session but the speakers and Mr. Rossi kept the students engaged. My son was all pumped up. He is very shy, so this says a lot. He even initiated the first conga dance during one of the break sessions before the actual dance night.
The weekend experience helped my son make up his mind. He always wanted to be a pediatrician since he was young.
I have to admit that I was very hesitant to come simply because I did not know much about the academy. My son, Jonathan was very appreciative of the opportunity he was given.
I am trying to “recruit” one of the physicians I work for to be one of the speakers for future congresses. We also do clinical trials in our center. (Now you can see why I was loving and enjoying the whole congress.) Thank you so much for all you do.
— Margie M.
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful weekend full of inspirations, knowledge, and fun. My son who is 15 attended the convention, and I joined him and it was a memorable experience for both of us. I have been in the medical business for over 20 years, and own a company that provides care for elderly at their homes, as well as Home Health agency. I was so inspired by this convention. Meanwhile my son is looking forwarded to the next convention. Thank you for putting together such an unforgettable weekend for us. Hope to see you soon.
— Orit Tabak T.
We were blessed as the parents of one of the delegates just to be able to be there and listened to the accounts of your achievements. You gave my daughter a valuable tool to become successful and widen her perspective of the opportunities awaiting her. We, parents have also benefited with all the invaluable information from all of you .Thank you very much and more power.
— Nelson/Josie C.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Richard and his crew who organized the program. We watched it online and thought the line of speakers were excellent! We appreciated that family members were given the chance to view the event as well. It was all very inspiring and hopefully left a big positive impact on the delegates. Brendon Burchard, Jim Kwik and Dan Sullivan are a must for the future Congress, Dr. Connie Mariano speech was awesome!
— Nita A.
You should all be very proud of what you have accomplished in your inaugural Congress!
— April D.
I just wanted to let you know that the Congress was absolutely incredible. The entire program motivated my granddaughter, Aracely, and renewed her interest in being a doctor. The surgery reinforced why she wanted to be an OB/GYN doctor. Being able to speak and share with the presenters really impacted the students. Personally, I was so impressed with the entire program that when I got home all I could talk about was the speakers and what they brought to the Congress. You were outstanding as the MC and made this program one of the best I’ve ever heard of or experienced. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to these students.
— Josie H.
I know as a parent my daughter receives many letters to various conferences but from day 1 this conference and the opportunity to watch a surgery had her hooked. I was skeptical never having participated in a conference like this before. I know that both my husband and I are very thankful that we took the leap of faith and enrolled Madeline in the February conference. I thank you for all your hard work in organizing a fantastic weekend event for all the students. I know we got a lot out of the weekend and are still talking about it.
— Bree C.
The event was spectacular, and we haven’t stopped telling people about it. What a lineup of speakers! What mind-blowing content. Some of it was over my head, but I understood enough of it to know how amazing it is.
Emma was blown away by everything. She keeps telling us how much her mind was expanded — not just by the technical medical stuff but by the presentations by Dan and Brendan and Jim. She’s heard me talk about 25K, but seeing the caliber of people in person made her ask me, “Dad, how can I start a mastermind group?”
Dear Mr. Rossi,
I want to thank you again for an amazing weekend in Washington, at the Congress of Future Medical Delegates! Hannah is also very excited about the Ultimate Medical Internship this summer that she will be attending in Manila,Philippines. Hannah also signed up to become a Congress ambassador and would like to begin recommending qualified candidates for the Congress meetings next November.