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A McDowell Early College freshman will serve as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this summer.

McKenize Inman, a ninth-grader from Old Fort, will travel to Lowell, Massachusetts June 23-25. 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 this 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.

“I have been interested in the medical field since I was little,” Inman said to The McDowell News. “I am excited and I hope to learn more about how to be a doctor, and different kinds of surgeries and transplants.”

Inman’s nomination letter was signed 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, to represent McDowell Early College based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Inman will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medial school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“This is a crucial time in American when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Executive Director Richard Rossi with the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like McKenize Inman are our future and she deserved all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers 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 on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, the Academy was charted as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians and medical scientists.

For more information, visit or call 617-307-7425.

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