A local high school student is heading to a renowned medical conference this weekend to begin pursuing her dream career in medicine.
Katelynn Kreutter, a junior at Nansemond River High School, was nominated to be a delegate at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA. The honors-only program will be from held Sunday through Tuesday.
The event honors and guides the top students in the country that aspire to be physicians or medical scientists and provides resources for them to pursue these careers.
“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,” Richard Rossi, executive director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, stated in a press release.
“Focused, bright and determined students like Katelynn Kreutter are our future, and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”
The 16-year-old was in disbelief when she first received a letter about the nomination shortly after last Christmas break. She took the letter to Anne Fike, her school guidance counselor.
“She was like ‘Oh yeah, this is real,’” Kreutter said.
Kreutter will hear from Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners, receive advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans and learn about cutting-edge medical technology during the three-day conference
The delegates will be able to watch a live surgery and ask the surgeon questions.
“All the body stuff is cool and very exciting,” Katelynn said.