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Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Fleming attends forum on medicine

Amanda Fleming of Pecos, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum of Medicine (NYLF/MED) in Houston-Galveston, Texas from July 23 through August 1, 2002. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to science and health, Fleming joined more than 400 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the Forum. Students learned first-hand about medical ethics, the global effects of infectious disease, genetic research, public health and many other subjects relevant to the field.

"The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine offers students like Amanda Fleming a chance to complement their classroom experience," said Donna Snyder, executive director of the NYLF. "This will enhance the current knowledge of these students, providing a glimpse at where they might find themselves within the medical universe." Snyder concluded, "It's never too early in a young person's life to start exploring which career to pursue. We give these students a behind-the-scene look of what it take to become a medical professional."

Dr. Phil H. Berry, JR., former president of the Texas Medical Association and founder of Live & Then Give, welcomed the students to Houston-Galveston and provided a challenge, "As future leaders of the healthcare industry, you have a unique opportunity to learn about your potential career at this Forum. I urge you to be voracious about learning and passionate about your career path." He discussed his own passion for organ donation, which led to the creation of Live and Then Give. Dr. Berry concluded, "I'd like to pass on one bit of wisdom-the gift of life is the most important gift someone can give."

During NYLF/MED, students had the opportunity to visit some of the best institutions of medical learning and research in the country, including Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and several others. Not only did students visit these renowned places, they also interacted with doctors, nurses, scientists and professors to gather a greater understanding of medical history, standards and trends.

Throughout the program, Fleming and fellow students experienced program-based learning in a series of intense and stimulating simulations, many exercises of which are faced by students in medical school. NYLD/MED culminated in the Public Health Symposium, in which students developed programs to directly impact their communities on the issues of adolescent health, health care for the elderly and chronic disease, among others. The goal of the exercise was to encourage the students to develop and implement programs that address concerns on public health issues in their communities.

"Many who participate in our program arrive thinking they have a clear idea of the type of medicine they want to practice," concluded Snyder. "By opening new doors for them, students can confirm or adjust their professional plans accordingly prior to college."

The NYLF is a nonprofit, educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding high school students with confidence to make well-informed career choices. For additional information on NYLF programs, visit us on the Internet at www.nylf.orge.

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