Welcome from Our Medical Director
ROBERT G. DARLING, MD, FACEP
Former Physician to the President of the United States,
Flight Surgeon US Army Medical Research Institute Infectious Diseases, and Director, Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security
Welcome to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.
As the first Board-Certified Emergency Medicine physician to serve as the White House Physician to the President of the United States, I have a deep commitment to the profession of medicine.
But now, frankly, I’m worried. As you may know, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a major shortage of both primary care doctors and most specialists over the next 10 years. There are simply too few medical schools to meet the growing demand for physicians.
This comes at a time when the message to young people and the public about entering the medical profession is not all good. Published surveys show that only 54% of practicing physicians would recommend medicine as a profession, down from 68% in a single year!
“The Academy was established to provide young people, their parents and their teachers with extensive information and guidance on how to become a doctor or medical scientist…”
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists is a unique organization founded on the belief that medicine is among the most honorable of professions and that young people need a positive message and the direction, confidence and capabilities to stay true to their dream of becoming doctors and medical scientists.
The Academy was established to provide young people, their parents and their teachers with extensive information and guidance on how to become a doctor or medical scientist through our educational programs and library, mentoring teleseminars, and a social network that will connect young people to each other as well as to medical professionals and academicians.
Best of all, most services of the Academy are absolutely free. We are a taxpaying organization that places no burden on the taxpayer. In fact, we are completely self-funded through our conferences and educational events.
I hope you enjoy our services. Welcome to the world of medicine and science!
— Robert Darling, MD