What People Are Saying About the Congress...Dear Richard and Supporting Cast, 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
2012 Google Science Fair Grand Prize Winner Brittany Wenger addresses ScholarsLittle 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 scholar 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 scholars 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 scholars 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 scholars for many more years to come. I thank you very much for making it a Life Memorable Event. Sincerely,
— Alina L., Miami, FLI want to thank you for what you have done for my son and I. We attended the Future Docs conference in Washington last weekend. When I saw your name on the invitation, I really wanted my son to go. The entire conference was unbelievable! My son and I absolutely loved it! I couldn't wait to hear you speak; however, you were far more inspiring than I ever expected. I know the purpose of the conference was to inspire our children, but you also inspired the parents! I am the little girl with the typewriter, except I listened to my parents and didn't do what I wanted. I have worked my whole life in a job that I hate and am married to an unsupportive husband. By listening to you, I realized there is something better out there for me. I have always surrounded myself with unsupportive people, but no more. I will find something I like and go for it. I don't know what it will be, but I will become a great inspiration for my son by leaving behind anyone who doesn't support me. Thank you for giving me something to live for.
— 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.
Futurist and founder of The X Prize Foundation Peter Diamandis, MD shows Scholars their future in medicineDear 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, AZI have been a RN for over 20yrs & have never been to such an inspiring medical conference. To inspire is the secret & Y'all provided GREAT inspiration & knowledge this weekend. 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 scholars) 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.
Harvard transplant surgeon Julian Pribaz, MD mentors ScholarsI 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.It was amazing, I'm glad I came, I feel like a new and better person, I met some amazing, and smart people today. I know some very smart young adults from my school and I will most definitely tell them about you guys! The young lady I chose today is an amazing girl, very smart. I hope she comes in November. I wish you guys the best of luck in the future with everything, you guys did an awesome job. Everyone who pitched in to help make it beautiful, did an amazing job. The experience I had was awesome!! Thanks again for having me. I had an amazing time!! There are no words to describe how much fun I had and how exciting it was. It was very inspirational. Some things really hit me and made me stop and rethink things. So thanks again so very much. Tell everyone I said they did a great job and that it was amazing. What they're doing is great. I'm pretty sure everyone who went had a blast.
— Dezare’e L.
Harvard trained brain scientist and stroke survivor Jill Taylor explains the human brain to ScholarsPlease 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 scholars 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.
Decoder of the Human Genome and inventor Craig Venter mentoring ScholarsMy 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.
Intel Science Search Grand Prize Winner and cancer researcher Jack Andraka hangs out with ScholarsBefore 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'm not gonna lie, I was skeptical about this past weekend. I thought that everyone there would know far more than I did and have much more experience. I figured that it would be awkward finding people to talk to and doubted if I would have fun sitting listening to people talk for hours. But I couldn't have been more flat-out wrong. It was mere fear of the unknown (stupid amygdala), and that was it. 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.
Nobel Prize Winner Jack Szostak, PhD mentoring ScholarsGood 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.Dear Richard, 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 scholar 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. Regards,
— Sergei S.
Scholar and mom chatting with 2009 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario CapecchiDear Mr. Rossi, 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. Thank You Very Much,
— 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. Thank you,
— Jennifer S.
Life success guru and coach to high achievers Dan Sullivan shares lunch with ScholarsThank 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.
Isha Jain winner of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology and Raina Jai, Intel Science Search Grad Prize winner discuss their research with ScholarMy 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.
Scholar hugs stem cell receipient Laura Dominguez-TauerI 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.
— RusselI just wanted to write and tell you and your staff and All the speakers from the Congress what a wonderful job that you all did. I am so glad that my daughter was a part of this and had the opportunity to come. I think I got just as much out of it as she did and maybe more from some of the speakers. I just thought that they could not of been better and in the place I am in my life a lot of the speakers spoke to me and I will use a lot of what they were taking about in my life today as well. I give you all a huge round of applause to all that you have done for these scholars 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.
In Vitro Fertilization specialist Steven Palter, MD explains a live surgery to studentsThank 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.My name is Ashli and I was at the Congress this February and I never was able to get to the help us help you table but I am extremely interested in coming back in November and being behind the stage helping out with whatever I can. I know that you can only take 50 kids and I'm sure that many have already signed up but I wanted you to know that I would really love to be apart of this amazing event at least one more time. That weekend truly changed my life forever. When I got there and Richard said that we would always remember this and make brothers and sisters in only a few days. I was a little hesitant to believing him but by the end of the weekend I made some amazing friends that I will be friends with for my entire life. Thank you for you time and consideration!
— Ashli M.
Scholar greeting Georgetown Medical School Dean Stephen Mitchell, MDOn 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 scholars luck and peace and happiness in your bright, brilliant futures!
— Allison H.
Scholar with 6th US recipient of a full face transplant Carmen TarletonWe 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.This was an amazing weekend, through everything that happened! I am so thankful to Richard Rossi and the staff that planned this event and helped organize everything. I know the things that my daughter learned will stay with her for all the years to come. She loved the speakers and was so inspired. She was brought to tears thinking of her mentor and how he has changed her life and her way of thinking. She was so moved by the stories and life lessons that this Congress brought out. I pray that this Congress touches many other young lives and will be a success in the years to come. She had a great time! I hope they can hold different Congresses in the South and other parts of the United States. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!
— 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.
Scholars confer with Intel Science Search Finalist and inventor Andrey SushkoMy 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 scholars 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.
Scholars with Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge winner Janelle TamNo 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.
Scholars spending time with Georgetown Medical School Dean Stephen Mitchell, MD.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.
Scholars talking to leading edge stem cell recipient Laura Dominguez-TauerGoodness, 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.Mr. Rossi, 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 scholars. 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, MEFirst and foremost I want to thank you. My son Antonio Rivera was captivated by all of the speakers, even if they did not apply to his field of study, he enjoyed them all. This was a very special trip for my son, he has always wanted to be in the medical field, either as a surgeon or an emergency room doctor. He has even considered studying to be a Physician Assistant. Even though this has always been where he felt he was called, I do not believe he was sure. I can tell you now this is exactly what he needed to confirm what he has felt in his heart for all of these years, so again THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! He is so enthusiastic about his future now, he will be dual enrolling during his senior year to be able to attend a Medical College as soon as possible.
— Theresa R.
Scholars with the Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Google Science Fair Shree BoseThis 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
—Ajay J.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.
Speed learning and memory expert Jim Kwik addresses ScholarsWe were blessed as the parents of one of the scholars 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.