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Stillman Valley senior nominated for Congress of Future Medical Leaders

STILLMAN VALLEY — Stillman Valley High School senior Anna Broski was recently nominated to be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on June 25-27 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. Broski was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Illinois based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

For information: futuredocs.com.

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.

A kickstart to a medical career

(Sentinel Photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) Le Mars Community High School Principal Dr. Mark Iverson and LCHS senior Megan Friederich (right) hold the Award of Excellence certificate Friederich received for her outstanding academic performance, leadership potential, and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine. Friederich attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston in June 2016 and will travel to Mexico in July to observe medical procedures.

LE MARS — An interest in science for a Le Mars Community High School senior has given her opportunities to study.

Megan Friederich was chosen to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston for three days in June.

“I discovered my love for science when I was in the fifth grade and have continued to love it since. As a kid I would always watch NCIS and watching the investigations that would go on inspired me to pursue a career in forensic pathology,” Friederich said.

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, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Friederich was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Iowa based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

“At the Congress I met a large amount of scientists and doctors who’s practices revolutionized the field of medicine,” Friederich said.

During the three-day Congress, Friederich joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; was given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witnessed stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; was inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learned about cutting edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

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 academy offers are 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.

For Friederich, that means a trip to Monterrey, Mexico from July 13-28, 2018 as part of the FutureDocs Abroad Experience.

“I was invited to go on the trip to Mexico by the same organization and I will be volunteering and learning in a hospital down there,” Friederich said. “I had a choice of either going to Poland or Mexico, but the Poland trip filled up faster than the trip to Mexico.”

The trip will offer what FutureDocs calls the “Big 3” the most unique and sought after experiences an aspiring future doctor can have to prepare for a future in medicine.

The “Big 3” are:

3. Touch — Gross Anatomy Up Close and Personal. Work on and study real human cadavers in the lab.

2. Look, Observe Surgery — View surgeries taking place in the operating room and discuss the procedure with the surgeon as it’s happening.

1. Feel — Shadow physicians in the emergency room, clinic and patient rooms as they treat patients and perform procedures.

The bonus? Participants will even have the option to spend time at the morgue, side by side with doctors and pathologists, though that’s not for everyone.

“I really hope to observe and learn on this trip and get a full experience,” Friederich said.

Friederich has been planning for her future in science and medicine.

“As I start college I hope to bring back my experiences and apply them in college. I plan on going to the University of Iowa. I have prepared myself in high school by taking multiple college courses,” she said.

Friederich and her family moved to Le Mars from Oklahoma when she was in the seventh grade. Her parents are Kevin and Phyllis Friederich.

“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, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Megan Friederich are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

FutureDocs Abroad Announces Hands-On Programs for Future Medical Leaders

The National Leadership Academies announced today that they have launched the All Access Medical Internship through FutureDocs Abroad.

FutureDocs Abroad accepts high school and college students who are passionate about medicine and are considering a future as a physician. FutureDocs Abroad takes students to countries such as Poland, Vietnam and Mexico, for a hands-on experience designed to help them understand what it truly means to be a doctor.

During each two week program, students have the opportunity to spend time in the gross anatomy lab working on full human cadavers; be in the operating room or on the observation deck viewing surgeries and talking to physicians; and shadow physicians who are treating patients in emergency rooms, clinics and their medical offices. Students also spend time in the morgue with pathologists who are performing autopsies.

“Medicine is among the most honorable of professions and young people need a positive message and all the direction, confidence and capabilities possible to make their dreams come true, which is how FutureDocs Abroad came to exist,” says Richard Rossi, founder and executive director of the National Leadership Academies. “It’s a program, like NO OTHER, that allows a mature group of driven and passionate high school students to travel on an overseas adventure and spend two weeks experiencing the ‘Big 3,’ 100% hands-on, up-close, and personal.”

Enrollment is now open and applications are being accepted for the 2018 internships.

The National Leadership Academies was founded on the belief that a strong emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of student success and is committed to supporting students in their development. The National Leadership Academies also recognizes that we must identify prospective talent at the earliest age possible and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of vital careers as leaders and in the fields of medicine and the sciences.

The National Leadership Academies supports America’s high-achieving high school students through career and focus-area programs and services. By creating the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists and the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, the National Leadership Academies is positioned to support students with skills, motivation, education, mentorship, and unique experiences, so they stay on track to achieve their goals.

For more information and to apply for the All Access Medical Internships, please visit http://www.AllAccessMed.com. To speak with our Admissions Lead, call (888) 986-6563 or email Admissions@AllAccessMed.com.

Kowalkowski chosen for All-American Bowl

Kristoff Kowalkowski, a Sartell ninth-grader, has recently received a prestigious honor – an invitation to compete in Football University’s All-American Bowl Dec. 17-21 in Naples, Florida.

“I was really amazed,” Kowalkowski told the Newsleader. “I’ve worked with the (Football University) program, and I’m very happy, honored and excited.”

Kowalkowski is the son of Dr. Tom and Stacy Kowalkowski. He is a straight-A student who loves math and science especially and who is conversant in Chinese, thanks to a Chinese-immersion program. He is also a superb quarterback who plays for the Sartell Sabres’ team.

The FBU All-American Bowl is a developmental week showcasing the nation’s best ninth-grade football players. Two teams are selected from 60 student athletes nationwide, based on nominations submitted each September.

The event is considered the official launching of the next generation of high-school football stand-outs.

Notable alumni from the annual All-American Bowl are five-star high-school All-Americans Christian McCaffrey, Shea Patterson, Sony Michel, Carn Akers, Trenton Irwin, Tyler Byrd, Deangelo Gibbs, Harrison Bailey, JT Daniels and Dylan Moses.

This is not the first of honors and opportunities bestowed upon Kowalkowski. In this young life, he has achieved many recognitions, among them these:

  • He was the starting quarterback as a freshman on the Sartell varsity Sabres’ team.
  • Last spring break, he was able to train with Jared Goff, quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams and Matt Ryan, named the most valuable player for the National Football League last year.
  • He was nominated to play at the Offense-Defense Bowl in New Orleans this year.
  • Kowlkowski is rated one of the top pro-style quarterbacks for his age group in the nation.
  • He will be a delegate next June at the University of Massachusetts near Boston to represent his school in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

To Kowalkowski, football is the “ultimate team sport,” and during his extensive trainings sessions, he strives to improve for the overall betterment of the team.

“It’s a long process,” said his father, Dr. Tom Kowalkowski. “I’m happy for him that he continues to be able to perform at these higher levels.”

Vandermissen attends Future Medical Leaders congress

Courtesy photoMrs. Nancy Prica, science teacher at Bark River-Harris School and Bradley Vandermissen hold the award of excellence the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists bestowed upon Vandermissen.

Courtesy photo Mrs. Nancy Prica, science teacher at Bark River-Harris School and Bradley Vandermissen hold the award of excellence the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists bestowed upon Vandermissen.

BARK RIVER –Bradley Vandermissen, son of Greg and Laurie Vandermissen, had the opportunity to represent the Bark River-Harris High School and the State of Michigan at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Mass. this past summer.

While Bradley was there he earned the Award of Excellence, certifying his successful completion of the Congress.

Bradley was personally taught by some of the greatest living minds in medicine. These people were winners of some of the world’s most prestigious international prizes, such as the Nobel Prize, National Medal of Science, Presidential National Medal of Science, along with prominent medical school academic leaders from Harvard and Georgetown Universities. He was able to watch live surgery and had a chance to question the surgeon in real time. Bradley’s experience has led him to pursue a degree in neurology.

National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Announces Nobel Prize Winner as Science Director

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists today announced Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario R. Capecchi as its new Science Director.

Dr. Capecchi, a biophysicist, won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his 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.

Today Dr. Capecchi is a distinguished professor of human genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His research interests include the molecular genetic analysis of early mouse development, neural development in mammals, the production of murine models of human genetic diseases, gene therapy, homologous recombination and programmed genomic rearrangements in mice. Dr. Capecchi has also received many awards and honors including the National Medal of Science (2001), the Lasker Award (2001), and the Wolf Prize in Medicine (2003).

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that prospective medical talent must be identified at the earliest possible age and that these students need assistance to acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, DC and with an office in Boston, Massachusetts, the Academy 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 and medical scientists.

For more information visit http://www.FutureDocs.com or call 617-307-7425.