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MHS Student Selected for NYLF Forum on Medicine at Berkeley

Washington, D.C. – This summer, young scholars from across the nation will participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED). Sessions this summer will be held in 12 cities across the United States. At the Forum on Medicine, students will join other high school students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and an interest in a career in medicine.

imageJoy Kennedy, a student at Mena High School and daughter of Brenda and Burl Kennedy, will be participating in the forum this summer at Berkeley University of California.

Throughout the 10-day forum, NYLF/MED will introduce students to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research, and general practice. Students participate in site visits to medical schools and clinical facilities. A highlight of the Forum is a simulation in which students are presented with a fictional patient’s case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

“Each student may very well be the face of the future of medicine,” said NYLF Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marguerite C. Regan. “The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine creates a virtual classroom with hospitals, clinical facilities, and healthcare professionals. By shadowing key personnel, these students have the opportunity to gain a behind-th-scenes perspective on a medical career. The timing is critical as young people explore their career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in college coursework.”

In addition to visiting cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, scholars will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical field. Students engage personally with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists, and medical educators as they view these professionals at work.

NYLF is an educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with the confidence to make well-informed career choices. NYLF has provided programming to more than 100,000 young people.

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