Zachary junior attends honors program for future medical leaders

Alexandra Barfield, a junior at Zachary High School, was a delegate this summer to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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 the 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 students reach their goal, a news release said.

Barfield was nominated to represent Louisiana by Robert Darling, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. The nomination was based on Barfield’s academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

Barfield plans to become a biomedical engineer specializing in medical genetics and research.

During the three-day event, Barfield joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners speak about leading medical research.

Ivy League and top medical school deans gave advice on what to expect in medical school. Patients who are living medical miracles and teen medical science prodigies told their stories at the conference. Others shared information on cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

Barfield was chosen by the congress to be the recipient of the “Fast Pass” via a social media contest among delegates. With the Fast Pass, she was able to skip all the lines and meet the speakers, including Nobel Prize Winner Mario Capecchi, Harvard University associate professor Pardis Sabeti, and Intel Science and Engineering Fair winner Jack Andraka.

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