Christian Toney of Wirtz, a junior at Roanoke Catholic School, has been invited to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders program in Lowell, Massachusetts from June 23 through 25.
The congress, hosted by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The event’s purpose is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to work in medicine.
Toney was nominated based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine. His invitation 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.
During the three-day event, Toney will join students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners discuss leading medical research, speak with deans from top medical schools and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.
“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, founder of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Christian Toney are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”
In addition to the annual congress, the academy offers free services and programs to students who are interested in becoming physicians or going into medical science.