Bowman-Bethune senior serves as delegate for FML

La’Tonia Murdaugh, a senior at Bethune-Bowman Middle High, was a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts in June.

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 to provide a path and a plan to help them reach their goal.

Murdaugh was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent South Carolina based on her academic achievement, leadership and potential to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Murdaugh was joined by other students from across the country. The students heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research, received advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans, heard stories from patients and learned about cutting-edge advances and the future of medicine and 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 of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like La’Tonia Murdaugh are our future, and she deserved all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

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 are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances.

For more information about the academy, visit or call 617-307-7425.

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