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Earn College Credit
Delegates who complete the Congress of Future Medical Leaders have the unique opportunity to earn one college credit offered by Bottega University. This optional credit is available for an additional cost and upon completion of additional coursework.
The college credit may be transferred to the college or university the Delegate ultimately attends, subject to that university’s policies. The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions is at the discretion of the receiving college or university. Delegates wishing to transfer Bottega University credits to another institution should check first with that institution regarding its policy on transfer credit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Attending the Congress Help a Student Gain Admission to a Competitive College and Medical School?
The education, motivation, and recognition at the Congress can inspire students to take the personal actions necessary to become much stronger candidates for competitive college and medical school admissions.
Attendance at 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.
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 both days of the Congress, participating in activities, and exhibiting leadership in and dedication to the medical profession.
The Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence is used by Delegates in college, scholarship, and internship applications.
What makes the Congress of Future Medical Leaders unique?
The Congress will be historic in nature. Thousands of the country's most gifted high school students will gather together with the brightest medical minds of today.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who have a demonstratable GPA of 3.5 or above and want to become physicians or go into the medical sciences. The purpose of the Congress is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the 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 also 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 into the Academy’s free mentoring program which will provide them with resources to create a path and plan to help them reach their goals.
Is a preliminary schedule available for the Congress?
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.
How do I fundraise to attend the Congress?
The best and easiest way to raise money for Congress expenses is to fundraise within your community. Our website has a guide to fundraising with some tips that will be helpful created with our partners at Givebutter.
What does tuition cover?
Tuition includes instruction, speakers, education personnel, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence, and all activities at the Congress.
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 day 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 we have to offer.
Do I receive recognition or an award after the Congress?
After attending the Congress, and upon on 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.
How do I verify my GPA?
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 are 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.
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 demonstrate distribute this release to local newspapers and television stations so that delegates can get maximum recognition for their achievements.
Can the Congress accommodate my disability?
The Academy encouraged all students with disabilities to attend. This of course includes family members. Please call the Admissions Office to discuss specific needs by phone at 617-307-7425.
Can my family come to the program?
Yes, please! Parents and family members are welcome to attend the Congress. 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.
I would like to book travel for the Congress. Where will the Congress be held and what is the closest hotel?
The Congress of Future Medical Leaders will be held June 21, 22, and 23, 2023 at the Paul E. Tsongas Center located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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.
What if a parent/guardian or family member can’t travel with the Delegate?
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.
How is tuition used?
First, to develop and execute a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime educational experience. This involves the work of a lot 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.
What happens if I need to cancel and receive a refund?
Students may receive a Congress tuition refund within 60 days of their first payment (whether that is a full payment or a payment plan) or before April 21st, 2023, whichever comes first. Any cancellation and request for refund must be submitted in writing by the Parent/Guardian who submitted the enrollment. Refunds may take 4-6 weeks to process. Any Delegate dismissed from the Congress for violation of the Code of Conduct is not eligible for any refund.
Refunds on College Credit are made in compliance with Bottega University’s policies as required by its accreditor.
Why isn’t the Academy tax exempt?
We have the greatest respect for 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.