Francesca Henderson, a rising 9th grader, was a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA from June 23 to 25. She was nominated for the Congress by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, thanks to her academic achievement, leadership potential, and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goal.
During the three-day Congress, Francesca joined students from across the country to listen to Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research, get advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school, witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles, gain inspiration from fellow teen medical science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.