Isabella Armendariz, a ninth grade student from Arrowhead Park Medical Academy, was recently selected to be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass.
In order to qualify as a delegate, students must be enrolled in the honors-only program while in high school and must show an interest in becoming a physician plan to go into medical research fields. The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who have ambitions to become physicians or medical scientists one day. The Congress also provides a path and resources to help future medical students meet their goals.
Isabella was nominated by Dr. Mario Capecchi, a Nobel Prize-winner in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Isabella was nominated to represent New Mexico based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Students. “Focused, bright and determined students like Isabella Armendariz are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”
Isabella joined students across the country for the three-day Congress and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research. Deans from Ivy League and top medical schools also gave students advice on what to expect in medical school. Students even heard stories of medical miracles from patients themselves.
“I believe the leaders of tomorrow are the students learning in our classrooms today,” said Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing. “Students like Isabella, inspired by talented and dedicated teachers, are what make Las Cruces Public Schools a great place to learn. We are so proud that she was nominated for this extraordinary opportunity, and we wish her all the success in her future endeavors.”
The Academy offers free programs and services 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, skill acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.