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About the Academy
America is facing a national crisis. At current graduation and training rates, there will soon be a shortage of as many as 150,000 primary care doctors and specialists, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges. This will result in inequality and hardship for large numbers of U.S. citizens.
While the major cause of this shortage will be too few medical schools, it is essential to continue inspiring qualified young people to become doctors and medical scientists. For this to happen, numerous negative messages about joining the profession must be countered.
Additionally, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education will continue to play a critical role in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the 21st-century global marketplace.
Shockingly, in the United States, virtually everyone can list names of multiple movie stars and athletes, but two-thirds of Americans can’t name a single living scientist, according to a Research!America National Poll.
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists 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, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.
Most Academy programs and services are completely free of charge.
Among the free services are online social networks for future doctors and medical scientists to communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and regular communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, leadership training, career guidance, and much more.
Online leadership training will include units on confidence building, study skills, time management, listening and speaking skills, likability, negotiating, and problem-solving.
These are the real-world survival skills that leaders will need to succeed in the 21st century.
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. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders and the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists are owned by Bottega University of Salt Lake City, UT.
Mario Capecchi, Ph.D.
Dr. Mario Capecchi currently serves as Science Director to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Dr. Capecchi, a biophysicist, is a Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
He is best known for his groundbreaking work in gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem cells. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine, along with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies, for their work in finding ways to manipulate the mammalian genome by inserting new genes into cells.
This research led to the breeding of “knock-out mice” and “knock-in mice,” animals with a single gene removed or inserted. Dr. Capecchi’s knock-out mice allow scientists complete freedom regarding how to manipulate the DNA sequences in the genome of living mice. His research interests include analysis of early mouse development, neural development in mammals, gene therapy, and production of murine models of human genetic diseases.
Dr. Capecchi’s current research at the Capecchi Lab at the University of Utah School of Medicine is on modeling certain neuro and psychiatric disorders and pediatric cancers to measure and ultimately develop human therapies.
Stephen Ray Mitchell, M.D., MBA, MACP, FAAP, FRCP
Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell serves as Medical Director to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Dr. Mitchell specializes in Pediatrics and Rheumatology.
Dr. Mitchell was dean of one of America’s most prestigious medical schools, Georgetown University where he is responsible for the medical school administration, curriculum, and student affairs for 20 years, from 2000-2020.
He has been honored numerous times for his teaching excellence, including multiple “Golden Apples” for medical student education and the Kaiser Permanente Award from the faculty for Outstanding Clinical Teacher in the Medical Center.
Dr. Mitchell opened and continues to be Director of the Georgetown University Hospital Childhood Arthritis Center.
Dr. Tim Harrington
Dr. Tim Harrington is the President and Compliance Officer for Bottega University. Dr. Harrington holds a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership though Argosy University, a Master of Art in Education (Special Education) through San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts Education through SUNY at Oswego. Dr. Harrington is a passionate educational leader with over 30 years of experience in higher education leadership, curriculum management, instructional design, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness. He has also worked with innovation groups, mentored software development startups, guided learning organizations on evaluation, identification, adoption, implementation, and assessment of emerging technologies to support successful teaching and learning outcomes.
Dr. Harrington is an academic innovator providing leadership in distance education since 2004. He serves on the Board of Education for Mountain Oak School, a Waldorf-inspired Charter School in Prescott, Arizona; and is a past board member for Suze’s Prescott Center for the Arts. Dr. Harrington lives in Hawaii where he also teaches woodworking and entrepreneurism for the Haleakala Waldorf School and does woodworking and photography in his free time.
Pat McLagan, M.Ed.
Ms. Pat McLagan currently serves as Director of Educational Design.
Ms. McLagan is an award-winning management consultant, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A Fortune Magazine top 20 global executive called her work “seminal…leading to coherence, of culture and purpose… liberating.”
She has helped implement major change, leadership, and strategy management initiatives in organizations as diverse as the General Electric Company, 3M, NASA, SABMiller, The US Defense Intelligence Agency, AT&T, Citibank, and the State of Georgia (USA).
She is the 15th person and second woman inducted into the Human Resource Development (HRD) Hall of Fame, is an elected member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and one of 100 “Inspiring Minds for a Century” from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.
She has received many leadership awards, including the American Society for Training and Development’s highest award for professional and community contribution and the 2012 Thought Leader Award by the Instructional Systems Association.
She holds degrees in English literature (BA, Phi Beta Kappa) and adult education (MA) from the University of Minnesota, is an honorary Professor of Human Resource Management and has served on many professional journal advisory boards. She is featured as one of Tom Peters “Cool Friends.”
Her papers and articles have appeared in T+D Magazine, MWorld and The President (American Management Association), the Journal for Quality and Participation, Government Executive Magazine, The Conference Board, World Business Academy Perspectives, and in other publications and handbooks.
Ms. McLagan has served on the governing boards of the American Society for Training and Development, the Instructional Systems Association, and the Minneapolis United Way, and is past chair of the board of directors for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.
For Profit vs Non-Profit
The Academy is part of the quickly growing trend of “socially responsible tax-paying organizations,” having incorporated social responsibility into our founding and activities.
We believe that if we are efficient, if we demand responsible practices at every level and, above all, if we hold ourselves to the highest ethical conduct, we can achieve tremendous, long-term successes for students who wish to serve humanity as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.
What does this mean to you?
- No burden on the taxpayer. Part of the taxes you pay goes to support every organization that pays no taxes;
- No grant money. We ask for no money from public organizations, leaving that money available for other purposes.
Instead, we will self-fund all our free services and millions of dollars of full scholarships each year, all using tuition money from events we sponsor.
We have the greatest respect for the work of the thousands of non-profit charities and educational institutions that improve the future of our citizens and humanity.
We believe the government and nonprofit sector are necessary to address society’s greatest challenges but require additional assistance. It is this higher purpose to which we commit ourselves; our impact on society, our employees and the community.