Local student eyes medical career

Kiyaa Wallace, a junior at Cleveland Early College High School, was named a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

The Congress, in Lowell, Mass., is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The program began Sunday and runs through Tuesday.

Its purpose is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the country’s top students aspiring 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.

Wallace was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent North Carolina based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Wallace joined students from across the country where they heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; were given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witnessed stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; and learned 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. “Focused, bright and determined students like Kiyaa Wallace 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.

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