Welcome from Our Science Director
MARIO R. CAPECCHI, Ph.D.
Winner, 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Winner, 2003 Wolf Prize in Medicine
Winner, 2001 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
Recipient, 2001 National Medal of Science
Welcome to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists
As a lifelong scientist working in the field of genetics, I have a deep commitment to breaking new ground and finding cures for some of mankind’s most perplexing diseases and afflictions.
The beautiful thing about science is that things are always changing. I’m still building on the work I dreamt about in high school and began in college. That’s science: you build on your own work and on the shoulders of others – and someday I hope you will be adding to the work we’re doing now in my lab.
Medicine is changing exponentially. In ten years or so, once you have graduated from high school and college and are entering a research program or well into your studies in medical school, the whole way in which the world looks at disease and health will have completely changed. You must be ready.
Through my role at the Academy, I feel it is my duty to stress that it is your enduring curiosity, your unwillingness to give way to obstacles that will serve you best. Trust me, you will learn more from your experiments that fail, because if your original thesis was simple enough to prove the first time, then I guarantee you weren’t reaching high enough.
There’s an old adage I live by: The difficult we do right away. The impossible takes a little longer. If it takes the same amount of effort to work on big questions as it does on little questions, why not work on big questions?
“The Academy was established to provide young people, their parents and their teachers with extensive information and guidance on how to become a doctor or medical scientist…”
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists is a unique organization founded on the beliefs that medicine is among the most honorable of professions and that young people need a positive message and the direction, confidence, and capabilities to stay true to their dream of becoming doctors and medical scientists.
The Academy was established to provide young people, their parents and their teachers with extensive information and guidance on how one becomes a doctor or medical scientist through our educational programs and library, mentoring teleseminars, and a social network that connects young people to each other as well as to medical professionals and academicians.
Best of all, most services of the Academy are absolutely free. We are a taxpaying organization that places no burden on the taxpayer. In fact, we are completely self-funded through our conferences and educational events.
I hope you take advantage of all you can from the Academy. Welcome to the world of medicine and science!
— Dr. Mario Capecchi
Our Former Medical Director
ROBERT G. DARLING, M.D.
Former Physician to the President of the United States,
Flight Surgeon US Army Medical Research Institute Infectious Diseases, and Director, Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security
As the first Board-Certified Emergency Medicine physician to serve as the White House Physician to the President of the United States, I have a deep commitment to the profession of medicine.
But now, frankly, I’m worried. As you may know, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a major shortage of both primary care doctors and most specialists over the next 10 years. There are simply too few medical schools to meet the growing demand for physicians.
This comes at a time when the message to young people and the public about entering the medical profession is not all good. Published surveys show that only 54% of practicing physicians would recommend medicine as a profession, down from 68% in a single year!
Welcome to the world of medicine and science!
— Robert Darling, MD