About The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists
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 2010 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 will be completely free of charge.
Among the free services will be 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.