Alexia Adams Represents CHS as Delegate for Congress of Future Medical Leaders
CONROE, TX – Alexia Adams, who will be a junior in the Academy for Science and Health Professions at Conroe High School, was a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in June at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are identified to become Delegates by their teachers, counselors, and principals based on their dedication to entering the medical field as physicians or medical scientists, their leadership potential, and academic excellence. The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goal.
“Attending the Congress was an experience I never could have imagined,” Adams said. “To spend three days being mentored by some of the greatest figures in health, science, and technology provided me with top-notch education, information, and motivation.”
Adams joined students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients discuss leading medical research, including Dr. Robert Satcher, Astronaut Surgical Oncologist; Dr. Mario Capecchi, 2007 Nobel Prize winner; and Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell, Dean for Medical Education at Georgetown University.
She also heard stories from patients who are living medical miracles, and learned cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology, including witnessing a live surgery with Dr. Justin Griffin, an Orthopedic Surgeon for shoulder injuries and Sports Medicine Specialist.
Her first takeaway from the Congress was with rapid changes in technology, her generation has the opportunity to make the most exciting and groundbreaking discoveries in history.
“My second, and most important, takeaway is if you have a dream or idea, never give up in pursuing either,” Adams said. “These incredible speakers did not accomplish what they have simply because of their IQs, but it was the combination of their mind, ideas, and their continuous, sheer focus. They did not fear the many failures they would have to endure to accomplish their goal and dream. Instead, they allowed each failure to bring them growth. There is one thing that separates the extraordinary from the ordinary and it’s not their mind or ability. Rather, the extraordinary do not fear failure, but they fear not trying.”
Adams was one of 30 members of the inaugural class of the Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine medical summer camp and is a member of the CHS chapter of HOSA – Future Health Professionals.
For more information, visit https://www.futuredocs.com/.