Kaigen Pillette, a 10th grade student at Teague High School and resident of Fairfield is a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA held on June 25-27, 2017.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire 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.

Kaigen Pillette was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the Medical Director of the National Academy of
Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Teague High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Kaigen Pillette joined students from across the country and hear Nobel
Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn 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, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Kaigen Pillette are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

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 much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.

Presenters included, Dr. Robert Darling, former physician to the President of the United States, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, who performed the first full face transplant in the country, Carme Tarleton, recipient of the worlds first full face transplant, Larry Hester, recipient of the bionic eye, and Dr. Rick Sacra, humanitarian and Ebola Survivor.

Kaigen was also inducted into the Society of Torch and Laurel during the congress. The Society of Torch and Laurel is developed by The Natinoal Society of Collegiate Scholars to recognize high school high-achievers and provide them and their families vital tools for successfully transitioning to college. Kaigen Pillette is the son of Kibbie and Chekeitha Pillette of Fairfield, TX. Paternal Grandparents are Kibbie Pillette Sr. and Pauline Hawthorne. Maternal Grandparents are Richard and Dianne Landry all of Abbeville, La.

In the summer of 2018 Kaigen will get the opportunity to travel to Mexico for two week to get hands on experience and work side by side with some of the best physicians in the world.

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