Information for Nominees and Parents
The Congress of Future Medical Leaders will be held June 25, 26 and 27, 2017, in Lowell, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.
Hours of the Congress
On Sunday, June 25th, the Congress will begin at 6 pm and end at 11 pm. On Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th, the Congress will begin at 10 am and end at 11 pm. There will be plenty of time for meals and rejuvenation so the Congress Delegates remain alert and energized throughout the day and evening.
If you have questions, please call the Office of Admissions at (617) 307-7425 or email Admissions@FutureDocs.com. Or use our live chat feature in the bottom right-hand-side of your screen to talk with an Admissions Counselor immediately.
Students are nominated to become Delegates by their teachers, counselors, and principals based on their dedication to entering the medical field as physicians or scientists (biomedical, technological, engineering and mathematics), leadership potential and 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, and in-classroom surveys such as the Talent Identification Program administered by MyCollegeOptions.
Proof of GPA
The Congress is an academic honors program. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent), either current or cumulative, to attend. Unless a student was nominated by a teacher, the GPA must be verified no later than 60 days prior to the Congress. Information on how to verify GPAs will be provided after enrollment.
Travel, Housing, and Meals
Delegates are responsible for their own travel, housing, transportation, and meals. Many students will travel with a parent, other adult or another Delegate from their school. There will be a variety of food, beverages, and snacks available during the Congress.
To aid in travel plans, we have 3 options that may assist you:
1. We have several area hotel partnerships that offer special room rates for our delegates if booked by a certain date. Download Information.
2. For up-to-the-minute hotel availability in the Lowell, MA area and to book your hotel accommodations yourself without a booking fee, please click here.
3. For a full-service travel agency while planning your trip, MacNair Travel agency can help with both an online booking ($10) at www.macnairport.com/CFML.html and agent-assisted booking ($35) at (703) 687-1792 in Northern Virginia and toll-free at 1 (855) 484-0543.
The Overnight Program — The Overnight Program was created for the student traveling to the Congress without a parent or guardian. It is a pre-college experience for an independent traveler. Families should be aware that some airlines have recently changed their rules regarding teen travel. Included in the Overnight Program is:
(1) Airport/Train Station Pickup — Your child will be greeted by Congress staff at a predetermined place at the airport/train station and escorted to a private coach. They will be asked to call home and confirm their safe arrival.
(2) Room Accommodations and Check-In — Your child will be greeted by a Congress Overnight Program Staff who will make sure they are properly checked in and meet their roommates.
(3) Resident Assistants Available for Overnight Concerns — If your child gets sick or needs any other help, Resident Assistants staying on the floor with the students will be available at all times. While the Resident Assistant cannot administer any medical treatment, they can escort your child to the emergency room and will stay with them at all times.
(4) Airport/ Train Station — Congress Overnight Program Staff will make sure your child is transported to meet their departing train/plane with time to spare. Students will be instructed to call home to confirm that they are at the gate.
(5) Meals — Breakfast is included each morning and will include a variety of hot and cold choices. Students should bring enough spending money to cover lunches and dinners that they will purchase at the Congress, plus any extra money they would like for beverages and snacks.
(6) Emergencies — You will have an emergency number to call 24 hours a day should you be unable to contact your child or need our help in any way. We will always be in immediate contact with Resident Assistants.
(7) Details and Logistics — Congress staff will be in touch with families in the weeks and months before the Congress with relevant information to assist you in arranging travel and make the student’s stay and comfortable as possible.
NOTE: All students attending the Congress’ Overnight Program will sign and be expected to abide by an Honor Code requiring the highest standards of behavior. The Congress is an academic conference and honors program and all students must agree to conduct themselves in accord with that standard. If you have concerns about your child’s ability to comply with an Honor Code you should not send them to the Congress with the Overnight Program, but should rather accompany them.
Parents are enthusiastically encouraged to accompany their child and observe the Congress without cost. So that the Delegates can take part in this experience together, parents will not be allowed to sit with their child but can observe the proceedings from a special parent’s viewing area. Seating for parents is limited to one parent on the opening night of the Congress and on a space available basis for days two and three speaking sessions. All family members are welcome for the closing candlelit awards ceremony on the closing evening.
The Academy will award a limited number of partial scholarships based primarily on financial need. For more information, email Scholarship@FutureDocs.com.
Students with Disabilities
We encourage all students with disabilities to attend. Please call the Office of Admissions to discuss your specific needs by phone at (617) 307-7425.
Will Attending the Congress Help You Gain Admissions to a Competitive College and Medical School?
The education, motivation, and recognition your receive at the Congress can inspire you to take the personal action necessary to become a much stronger candidate for competitive college and medical school admissions. The choice is yours. Attendance at the Congress can also enrich your academic profile by adding to your showcase of extracurricular experience and achievements when you apply to colleges and universities and visit them for interviews.
Washington Adventists University College Credit
Attendees have the opportunity to earn college credit for attending the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Details can be found at www.FutureDocs.com/College-Credit.
Letters of Participation
The Academy will supply letters certifying your participation and matriculation in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. You can share these letters with colleges and universities as well as organizations offering grants and scholarships.
You will be able to create your own news release, using an easy to follow program that the Academy has developed. Included are instructions on how to distribute this release to local newspapers and television stations so you can get maximum recognition for your achievements.
Cancellations and Refunds
Students may receive a Congress tuition refund within 60 days of enrollment except that no refunds for Congress tuition will be granted after April 26, 2017. For any other payments, including those for the Overnight Program, Washington Adventist University college credit, the College Domination Boot Camp, or any other additional program, students may receive a refund until April 26th, 2017. The Academy strongly encourages families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.