Saavedra named to Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Frenship junior Mark Saavedra first decided on a career in the medical field in the eighth grade.

This summer, he will join other like-minded students from across the country as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders —a step forward on the road to achieving his dream.

“It’s feels great. I like having the opportunity to go,” Saavedra said.

“Becoming a doctor and helping people out is what I want to do.”

According to its website, the three-day event is slated to start on June 25 and run through June 27 in Boston, MA.

The gathering is hosted by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. The academy is a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians,medical scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

At the Congress or Future Medical Leaders, delegates meet past recipients of the Nobel Prize, top medical school deans, Ivy League academic leaders, leaders in medicine, award winning young inventors and scientists and medical futurists.

According to a press release, Saavedra was nominated by Robert Darling — the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists — to represent Frenship High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

“When they explained it to me I was like ‘Wow,’ I was pretty surprised,” he said.

At the event, students have the opportunity to view surgery and submit questions to the surgeon in “real-time” procedures.

The website reads: “(Students) will learn about state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and be inspired by world changing researchers, futurists and technologists. They will feel the transformative energy of being surrounded by other young stars just like them: America’s best and brightest – the future of medicine.

The summer congress is themed “Greatness Awaits,” and participants will meet professionals who are”leading humanity into the 21st century of medical miracles.”

Students are encouraged to make long-term relationships with potential piers. Saavedra said he anticipates meeting participants from all over the country and visiting with professionals.

Saavedra has done mission work in China and the Navajo reservation in Chinle, AZ. He said his goal is to become a doctor to help people in need.

The press release reads: “Services and programs the Academy offers include 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 on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.”

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