Maggie Jo Everett, a sophomore at New Albany High School, participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) on Medicine from July 22-30 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Outstanding high school students from across the nation took part in this unique career development opportunity. The forum sessions were held in nine cities across the United States and introduced young scholars to the many challenges and career options in the field of medicine.
Throughout the nine-day program, students were introduced to emerging issues in public health, medical ethics, research, and general practice. Site visits to medical schools and clinical facilities exposed the next generation of medical professionals to the real world of medicine. A highlight of the forum was a simulation that enabled students to test their knowledge as they triaged injured patients in a mass casualty disaster scenario.
Students who attended the forum were, like Maggie Jo Everett, nominated by teachers and guidance counselors, based on their demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, and interest in medicine.
“The program provides an important behind-the-scenes perspective on medical careers,” said Jan A. Sikorsky, Ph.D., Vice President of Education for NYLF Medicine. “This is a critical time for high school student to begin exploring their career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in college coursework.”
NYLF Medicine is part of the Envision family of programs, which enable students of all ages to explore their interest and experience learning beyond the classroom. Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.