Why is it that so often, the organizations we have heard the least about create the most impact? The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists helps the youth of America get into medical school, and teenagers make medical and scientific innovations. The Academy exposes them to wisdom of Nobel Prize winners, gives scholarships, and through social networking websites, links members together to brainstorm and encourage each other. These are free services and are sponsored by the likes of organizations such as the American Heart Association and American College of Surgeons. The Academy is financially self-reliant through conferences and events. Invitation is by nomination and students must hold a certain GPA.
The Academy is training leaders, some barely old enough to drive. A Congress is scheduled to speak February 14-16th of 2014. Speakers include multiple Noble Prize winners and a President’s National Medal of Science, among others. The young people scheduled include more than one Google Science Fair winner and a 16-year-old inventor, Cancer researcher and Intel Science Fair Grand Prize Winner. There are 16 speakers in all this year.
According the MSN Money, the median education debt in 2012 for medical school graduates was $170,000. The average four-year cost of medical school coming in at over $270,000 for private school and over $200,000 for public schools, some students are not attending school because of the cost. The soaring cost may be contributing to a lower enrollment, especially among lower-income students. Grants and loans only pay for part of the cost of medical and graduate school. According to Bloomberg, graduate students can pay 7.9% on federal loans, higher than the U.S. 10-year Treasury note’s 1.78%.
Americans are aging, and the United States will be short 90,000 doctors in 10 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. This aging population includes physicians. One-third are predicted to retire by 2023. Maintaining hospitals can also raise tuition at medical schools.
Elite education has become something some strive for valiantly. The higher the degree obtained, the higher the salary and social benefits; but at what cost? It has been suggested that character and other factors, rather than the school a student attends are greater factors at predicting success in the future. Perhaps this is why medical schools, for example, emphasize extracurricular activities so heavily in their application process.
Education changes a person: their level of knowledge, their earning power, and their place in the world among those who have an advanced degree and those who do not. It exposes people to a diverse set of individuals, new experiences, even culture.
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists provides youth direction through mentoring and planning opportunities. They offer academic, financial, and leadership resources as well as the opportunity to meet medical professionals and see surgery in real-time. The Academy has three medical school scholarships that members may compete for. The kids that participate have the opportunity to make life-long friendships through networking that they will carry through their lives, as well as a chance to develop character that will mold them into future professionals.