Information and FAQs
Due to COVID-19, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders will be held LIVE June 24, 25, and 26, 2020, from the safety of each Delegate’s home.
An updated schedule for the CongressLIVE will be available by June 1, 2020.
Q: What makes the Congress of Future Medical Leaders unique?
The Congress is historic by its very 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.
The Congress will make history again in 2020 by being the largest-ever honors LIVE online event or high school students.
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: What is CongressLIVE? What does this mean?
This summer’s three-day Congress of Future Medical Leaders has been renamed CongressLIVE. Enrolled Delegates will be able to access CongressLIVE from the safety of their homes on their own computers. Delegates can expect an interactive experience that will deliver the same legendary educational and motivational experience set to propel them on their future endeavors, combined with new opportunities to engage with their peers and be part of the conversation in real-time.
Q: Are there extra benefits from attending the 2020 CongressLIVE?
By attending and fully participating in CongressLIVE, Delegates get instant access to:
- The Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence, mailed to your home, signed by Nobel Laureate and Academy Science Director Dr. Mario Capecchi;
- A letter of recommendation signed by Nobel Laureate and Academy Science Director Dr. Mario Capecchi;
- A ticket to Dr. Deborah Bedor’s College Domination Boot Camp, FREE;
- Bo Eason’s complete BEST Mindset Course, including video training, worksheets, and bonus downloads, FREE;
- Recordings of all video and transcripts from CongressLIVE
- And MORE!
Q: How does the value of CongressLIVE compare to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston?
Let’s compare all the great parts of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders:
- Can I still earn the Award of Excellence? YES!
- Can I still earn college credit? YES!
- Will the world’s top physicians and scientists still join us? YES!
- Will Deans of top medical schools be there? YES!
- What about the young geniuses? Winners of the most prestigious science fairs? YES!
- Will all the speaker mentors still be speaking live? YES!
- Will fascinating patients still share their incredible stories? YES!
- How about surgery with live moment-by-moment commentary by the surgeon and real-time Q&A from the Delegates? Confirmed!
Some parts might be a little different… but you’ll probably like them:
- Do I have to worry about changing state or Federal government restrictions related to travel and in-person gatherings due to COVID-19? NOPE!
- Will I have to budget extra funds for travel, lodging, or meals? NOPE!
- Will my parents or I have to take time off from work to attend the Congress? NOPE!
- Should I worry about delays, traffic, or anything else that would make us late? NOPE!
- Will I need to buy new clothes for the Congress? NOPE!
- Will my parents need to arrange care for my siblings in order for us to attend? NOPE!
- Will I need anything other than a steady internet connection and a computer, digital pad, or smartphone? NOPE!
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.
Q: Is a preliminary schedule available for CongressLIVE?
The pre-COVID-19 preliminary schedule has been posted here. An updated, preliminary schedule will be posted by June 1, 2020.
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: Will the schedule be the same as the original Congress of Future Medical Leaders?
Yes and No. We’re working to ensure the new format for CongressLIVE is exciting and engaging in a completely new environment. We will share a preliminary schedule on this website approximately as soon as possible and will notify you when it is uploaded.
Q: Will there be any opportunity to meet any of the speakers?
We are working on a way to organize small-group breakout rooms where Delegates can interact with speakers or have a photo opportunity. Delegates will frequently be given the opportunity to ask speakers questions throughout CongressLIVE. Stay tuned!
Q: How can parents/family members be involved?
Family members are welcome to silently observe CongressLIVE free of charge. Closer to the start of CongressLIVE, we will provide instructions on how family members may view the program. t no time will a family member be permitted to participate in or assist their child with any part of CongressLIVE.
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 nominated 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. You will receive instruction after enrolling from the Admissions Office on how to verify your GPA.
Q: How will you know if I have attended?
All 2020 Delegates will complete an open book pass/fail exam after the conclusion of the June Congress of Future Medical Leaders LIVE to demonstrate they were present and engaged. Once they pass the exam, their Award of Excellence will be sent in the mail.
Q: Will I be able to obtain college credit for attending CongressLIVE?
Yes, nothing changes regarding college credit. Based on the educational value of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, Delegates have the option to earn one college credit offered by New Charter University.
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 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 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: What’s the best way to participate in CongressLIVE?
You should choose a quiet and well-lit space in your home to experience CongressLIVE. Be sure that the area is free of distractions to you and your peers, such as background noise and glares from windows. Ideally, choose a desk for your computer with a comfortable chair to sit in that places you within the frame of the computer’s webcam, and a solid colored wall behind you. Anything affixed to the wall in the background (decorations, posters, art) should be suitable for a classroom.
Q: What kind of technology will I need?
To successfully participate in CongressLIVE, you will need:
- A computer that is virus-free and capable of running the latest versions of internet browsers and software.
- A high-speed internet connection that can support streaming video and interactive audio. Those without reliable high-speed internet can still participate fully through audio and chat. They can also go to their church, library, or community center with good internet.
- While it is not essential, you can also directly wire your computer to your router or move to a location with the strongest wifi signal for a better experience.
- A webcam to view CongressLIVE. If your computer does not already have a built-in webcam, you can purchase an external one that can be connected to your computer via USB. Here’s a good, low-cost option that includes a microphone on Amazon.
- A microphone to participate in CongressLIVE. Most computers come with a built-in microphone, however, if yours does not, you can purchase a USB connected headset with a microphone. Here’s a low-cost option from Amazon.
Q: How will this affect my home WIFi and data usage? [An online search made on May 1 found the following. Families should reconfirm all facts for accuracy.]
- AT&T has removed usage caps for its home broadband Internet service and through June 30th has pledged that customers who go over their limit will not be subject to overage fees or late-payment fees until June 30th on postpaid wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business, U-verse TV or DIRECTV. AT&T will also keep their public wi-fi hot spots open for anyone who needs them until June 30th, 2020.
- Comcast is giving all Xfinity customers unlimited data for no additional charge until June 30th, and will not disconnect a customer’s Internet service or assess late fees if they contact them and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Comcast has also made its public Xfinity WiFi hotspots free to everyone, including non-Xfinity Internet customers. New customers who sign up for their Internet Essentials program before June 30th, 2020 will have access to the program for free for 60 days.
- Cox will not terminate internet service and will waive late fees for any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic..
- Spectrum has pledged to not terminate service or charge late fees for residential or small business customers who are unable to pay due to economic circumstances related to COVID-19 through June 30th, 2020. Additionally, all of their WiFi hotspots have been opened to free and public use. Through June 30, Spectrum is offering households with teachers, or students in Pre-K to 12 or college, who need remote education, free internet and WiFi at any service level up to 100 Mbps for new customers.
- T-Mobile customers will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (as of March 13th, 2020, excluding roaming). T-Mobile customers on plans with smartphone mobile hotspot can add 20GB of smartphone mobile hotspot (10GB per bill cycle for 60 days, effective March 13th, 2020). Customers who have lifeline plans will get: Unlimited smartphone data, an additional 20GB of smartphone mobile hotspot for each voice line (T-Mobile Connect excluded), extra free data up to 5GB of data per month through May 13th, 2020.
- Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for 60 days (effective March 13th, 2020, excluding roaming and the Save $15 plan) at no extra cost. Effective March 20th, 2020, Metro customers on smartphone plans with mobile hotspot enabled can add an additional 10GB of mobile hotspot each month over the next 60 days, available in the MyMetro app.
- Verizon will waive late fees, overage charges and data caps until June 30th, 2020 for customers and small businesses who let them know they are unable to pay as a result of economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nor will they terminate service to those customers. They’re also automatically giving 15GB of free high-speed data to wireless consumers and small business customers.
Q: What if I have a problem during CongressLIVE? Who do I talk to?
The CongressLIVE technical team will work with Delegates in the weeks prior to CongressLIVE to ensure connectivity. During CongressLIVE we will have a designated technology facilitator to assist with any tech issues students may experience.
Q: Will the CongressLIVE environment have safeguards in place to prevent unwanted observers?
Absolutely. The technical team is hard at work to ensure the Congress is a closed environment that will be password protected and safe for Delegates.
Q: Will the CongressLIVE be a safe environment and protect Delegates from cyberbullying?
CongressLIVE expects that Delegates will make a positive contribution to the experience of their fellow Delegates and to the intellectual atmosphere of the Congress. Delegates are expected to engage seriously and be focused on participation. Disruptive behavior or the use of CongressLIVE platforms for inappropriate content or discourse will not be tolerated.
Delegates are further responsible for their social or public conduct, including that in digital forums such as text messages, social media posts, emails, and discussion boards. Cyberbullying will not be tolerated.
Q: What is the dress code?
We will ask that Delegates dress “smart casual.” Smart casual is typically considered to be well-fitting, neat and appropriate pieces of clothing that are slightly less formal than a business casual or business professional dress code. We would expect neat collared shirts for the men and blouses for the young women – no hoodies, hats, sleep-wear, graphic tees, sunglasses, or masks.
Q: Are scholarships available for CongressLIVE?
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: Can I get a refund?
We recognize the lives of our Delegates have been impacted by COVID-19 in so many, far-reaching ways. We’ve also taken to heart the overwhelming plea from our Delegates and parents to find a way to go forward with the Congress while so much in their lives has been canceled. We believe we will deliver on this request and more.
The Terms & Conditions agreed upon at enrollment apply, which states “The Academy reserves the right to modify or cancel the Congress because of health or safety issues.” In this case, the Academy is modifying the format of the Congress, and Delegates will still receive every benefit of the Congress (with additional bonuses). Therefore, we will not be issuing refunds for the Congress.
Q: I’ve already booked a hotel room before the 2020 CongressLIVE was announced. What should I do?
Now is the time to take advantage of hotels’ flexible cancellation policies to cancel your upcoming room reservation. Please refer to the individual hotel chain’s policies in response to COVID-19 for more information and contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation. The hotel may not cancel your reservation automatically.
Q: I’ve already booked a flight before the 2020 CongressLIVE was announced. What should I do?
Q: Will my Overnight Program upgrade be applied to the August 6-8, 2021, Congress in Boston?
Absolutely. There is nothing for you to do. That will happen automatically.
Q: Can CongressLIVE accommodate my hearing disability?
The Academy encourages all students with hearing disabilities to attend CongressLIVE. Please call the Admissions Office to discuss specific needs by phone at (617) 307-7425.
Q: What does tuition cover?
Tuition covers all the Congress activities, the full agenda of speakers, demonstrations, and activities. Parents and family can observe the entire Congress as well. 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: 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 nomination 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: 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 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: 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.