The Congress of Future Medical Leaders
Where will the Congress be held?
The Congress will take place at the Tsongas Center, located on the campus of UMass Lowell. It is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Boston.
What is the schedule for the Congress?
On Wednesday, June 21st the Congress will begin at 6 PM and end at 11 PM. On Thursday, June 22nd, and Friday, June 23rd, the Congress will begin at 10 AM and end at 11 PM.
The Academy will share a preliminary schedule on the website approximately 3 months before the Congress. A sample schedule is available as a preview. The final schedule will continue to be adjusted until the day the Congress begins, as we intend to create the most exciting experience including the most interesting speakers.
Can my family attend the Congress with me?
Yes, please! Parents/guardians and family members are welcome to attend the Congress free of charge. We will 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 parent or family member on the opening night of the Congress and on a space-available basis for the other two days. All family members are welcome for the closing ceremony.
When should we plan to arrive/depart?
Plan to arrive in to the Boston area by noon on June 21st. That will give you enough time to travel to Lowell and arrive at the Tsongas Center in time for doors to open at 4:30 PM.
The Congress will run into the evening on June 23rd, so departing on Saturday, June 24th is recommended.
Are there hotels in the area offering special rates?
In an attempt to help you with your lodging needs for the Congress, we have contacted a few hotels in the area and arranged special rates specifically for you
Please keep in mind that once the room blocks have been filled, hotels will not guarantee the rates listed below. Also, please check with the hotel on their individual cancellation and refund policies as they are NOT our affiliates.
What if a parent/guardian can't travel with me?
We offer the overnight program (for an additional $660), 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 or Boston South Station’s Amtrak
- Transportation of students to accommodations and to designated departure locations
- Accommodations (with multiple student occupancy, with everyone in their own bed) for three designated nights with other Congress Delegates
- Daily breakfast
- Resident assistants who will stay at students' accomodations and be available overnight to address any student concerns
- Assistance available throughout all three days of the Congress
Students who take advantage of the overnight program should plan on and off spending money to cover lunches and dinners, plus any extra money they'd like for beverages and snacks.
What is the dress code for the Congress?
The dress code for the Congress is business casual which would includes wearing knee-length dresses or skirts, trousers, collared shirts, and blouses. We ask that all nominees refrain from wearing jeans, athletic wear, and flip-flops.
Is the Tsongas Center wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the Tsongas Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information on the accessibility of the venue, including restrooms and parking, please visit the Tsongas Center website.
I am visual/hearing impaired, can you help me find seats closer to the stage?
We have a reserved seating area to help accommodate your needs. Please contact the Admissions Office at (617) 307-7425 or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to arrange reserved seating.
What if my parent/guardian or I need an ASL Interpreter, who should we contact?
Please contact the Admissions Office at (617) 307-7425 or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Where should I park?
There is an abundance of surface lot and garage parking immediately adjacent to the Tsongas Center for $10 per day.
NOTE: With a high volume of traffic exiting the lots when the Congress closes, we suggest parking at one of the nearby lots.
John Downes garage (8 minute walk) at 75 John Street, Lowell, MA
Hall Street garage (4 minute walk) at 40 Perkins Street, Lowell, MA
These garages will allow you to escape some of the crowds when you leave on opening nightt and allow you to get out much quicker if you use one of these alternative parking spots.
Have another question?
Use the form below to submit your question to the Admissions Office.