Tottenville teen earns national ‘Future Physicians’ honor

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. —  The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists honored Chase Tierney with an award for his “outstanding academic performance, leadership potential and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine.”

Earlier this year, the 15-year-old sophomore at Staten Island Technical High School — where he’s captain of the football team —  met other students from all over the world during a scholarship-based “Congress,” an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

The purpose of the event was to inspire and motivate top students in the country who aspire to a career in medicine, to “prompt them to stay true to their dream, steer them on a private path and provide further resources to help them reach their goals”

Chase was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Staten Island Technical High School.

During the three-day Congress, Chase heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners speak about leading medical research, and was given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school.

“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 Rchard Rossi, executive director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

“Focused, bright and determined, students like Chase Tierney 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 the field of medical science.

Some of the services and programs the Academy: 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 more.

Chase’s mom, Lorri and dad, Scott, said they are extremely proud of Chase — and hope he continues on his path to become a physician so he can help others in times of need.

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