Information and FAQs
The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is held at the Paul E. Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell MA 01852, located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
On Opening Day, the Congress will begin at 6 PM and end at 11 PM. On days 2 and 3, the Congress will begin at 10 AM and end at 11 PM.
Q: What makes the Congress of Future Medical Leaders unique?
The Congress will be historic in nature. Never before has there been a national gathering of thousands of the country’s most gifted high school students together with the brightest medical minds of today.
Also, the Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who have a demonstrable GPA of 3.5 or above and want to become physicians or go into medical science. The purpose of the Congress is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct those top students in our country and help them stay true to their dreams.
The lifetime friendships made with future colleagues and the opportunity to network with medical professionals can give Congress Delegates a competitive edge and greater focus as they begin their journey into a career in medicine.
Most importantly, after the Congress Delegates will enter the Academy’s free mentoring program, which will provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goals.
Q: Who is speaking at the Congress?
During the three-day Congress, Delegates hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.
While speaker mentors will be confirmed approximately three months before the Congress, take a look at our past speakers to see what kind of topics and speakers you can expect.
Q: Is a preliminary schedule available for the Congress?
The Academy will share a preliminary schedule on this website approximately three months before the Congress. A schedule from the most recent Congress is available as a preview. The final schedule will continue to be adjusted until the Congress begins, as we intend to create the most exciting experience and include the most interesting speakers.
Q: Are scholarships available for Congress tuition?
The Academy is proud to offer a limited number of scholarships based on financial need. For more information on the Financial Need Scholarship please email Scholarship@FutureDocs.com
Q: How do I fundraise to attend the Congress?
The best and easiest way to raise money for Congress-related expenses is to fundraise in your community. Our website has a Guide to Fundraising with some tips that will be helpful.
Q: What does tuition cover?
Tuition covers all the Congress activities, the full agenda of speakers, demonstrations, and activities.
Parents and family can attend free on a space-available basis (see below). All students and family attending the Congress are responsible for their travel, lodging, and meals, which will be available throughout the days at the Congress.
Regardless of whether you attend the Congress, you should stay in touch with us at the Academy so you can take advantage of the many free programs and services the Academy has to offer.
Q: How did you become aware of me?
Students are selected to become Delegates by their teachers, counselors, and principals based on their dedication to entering the medical field, leadership potential and outstanding grades.
Qualified students may also be identified through honor societies, medical institutions, medical societies, program alumni, in-classroom surveys, and as a result of their participation with College Board’s Student Search Service®.
Q: Do I receive recognition or an award after the Congress?
After attending the Congress of Future Medical Leaders and upon verification of your 3.5 or above GPA, you will receive the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence. The Award is earned by attending all three days of the Congress, participating in activities, and exhibiting leadership in and dedication to the medical profession.
Q: How do I verify my GPA if I was selected by the Academy?
The Congress is an academic honors program. You must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent), either current or cumulative, to attend. Unless you were nominated by a teacher, you must verify your GPA. Complete information on how to verify your GPA will be provided at enrollment. If you arrive at the Congress without a verified GPA you will still be allowed to participate, but you will not receive your Award of Excellence until you provide documentation.
Q: Can I receive college credit for attending the Congress?
To be eligible, Delegates must successfully complete the Congress of Future Medical Leaders by attending all sessions, taking notes during the Congress, and submitting a Congress Reflection essay.
The cost of the one transferable college credit offered by New Charter University in conjunction with the Congress of Future Medical Leaders is $275. This includes $225 for college credit tuition plus a $50 NCU registration fee.
For more information on transferable college credit from New Charter University including on the coursework and refund policy, click here or contact the Admissions Office by phone at (617) 307-7425 or by email at Admissions@FutureDocs.com.
Q: Can the Congress accommodate my disability?
The Academy encourages all students with disabilities to attend. Please call the Admissions Office to discuss specific needs by phone at (617) 307-7425.
Q: Can my parents come to the program?
YES, please! Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the Congress. We’ll have parent and special guest seating in an area separate from the Delegates with a good view of the Congress proceedings. Seating for parents is limited to ONE family member on the opening night of the Congress and on a space-available basis for the other speaking sessions. All family members are welcome for the closing ceremony.
Q: Why can only one family member attend on opening night?
The Tsongas Center, where the Congress is held, limits the total number of guests inside the building at one time due to the fire code.
Due to the popularity of the Congress and the large number of Delegates attending, each Delegate should plan to limit family members to ONE accompanying person on Opening Night to avoid exceeding fire code and ensure each Delegate can arrive with a family member if they wish. Families who are traveling with small children should keep this in mind, as additional spots cannot be granted for siblings.
Q: Will this program help me get into a competitive college or medical school?
The education, motivation, and recognition at the Congress can inspire students to take the personal actions necessary to become stronger candidates for competitive college and medical school admissions.
Attendance to the Congress can also enrich a student’s academic profile by adding to their showcase of extracurricular experience and achievement needed when applying to colleges and universities.
Q: Can I publicize my attendance to the Congress?
Delegates will be able to create their own news release, using an easy to follow program developed by the Academy. Included are instructions on how to distribute this release to local newspapers and television stations so that Delegates can get maximum recognition for their achievements.
Q: I'd like to book travel for the Congress. Where will the Congress be held and what is the closest hotel?
The Congress will be held at the Paul E. Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, MA 01852, located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts.
On the opening day, the Congress will begin at 6 PM and end at 11 PM. On days 2 and 3, the Congress will begin at 10 AM and end at 11 PM. To aid in travel plans, the Academy has relationships with local hotels and offers a booking service through a trusted partnership.
Families should be aware that some airlines have recently changed their rules regarding teen travel, so please consult your airline’s unaccompanied minor policies. If your student is enrolled in the Overnight Program and you arrange unaccompanied minor services for your student, you must inform the Academy no later than 60 days before the Congress.
Q: What if a parent or guardian cannot come with me?
We offer the Overnight Program (for an additional fee) which is designed for students traveling to the Congress alone. It is a pre-college experience for an independent student and includes:
- Greeting students upon arrival at Logan International Airport and Boston South Station (BOS) Amtrak;
- Transportation of students to accommodations and to designated departure locations;
- Accommodations (double or triple occupancy, with everyone in their own bed) for three designated nights with other Congress Delegates, including daily breakfast; and
- Resident Assistants who will stay with students and be available overnight to address any student concerns.
Students who take the Overnight Program should plan on enough spending money to cover lunches and dinners, plus any extra money they’d like for beverages and snacks.
Q: How is my tuition used?
First, to develop and execute a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime educational experience. This involves the work of hundreds of people, many months of planning and a whole lot of resources.
Second, scholarships. Teachers from across the country who are part of the Academy’s Honorary Board of Educators will award hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships. As well, the Academy is proud to offer a limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need.
And third, to fund the many free of charge services that the Academy provides to all students, regardless of GPA. Among the free services 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 giving them information about college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance, and much more.
Q: What happens if I need to cancel and receive a refund?
Students may receive a Congress tuition refund within 30 days of their first payment. Any cancellation and request for refund must be submitted in writing by the Parent/Guardian who submitted the enrollment online. Refunds may take 4-6 weeks to process. Any Delegates dismissed from the Congress for violation of the Code of Conduct or who leaves the Congress early for any reason whatsoever is not eligible for any refund.
Refunds on College Credit are made in compliance with NCU’s policies as required by its accreditor.
The Academy strongly encourages families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.
Q: Why isn’t the Academy tax exempt?
We have the greatest respect for the non-profit charities and academic institutions that help make our lives better. However, we don’t think you should have to underwrite our work with your taxes. When organizations don’t pay taxes, all of us chip in to make up the difference on April 15th.
The Academy pays taxes, accepts no public assistance and is completely self-sustaining through tuition from academic seminars and conferences. The Academy offers extensive programs and services that are free to all students who wish to take advantage of them.