Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Keefe attends National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine


Anna Caroline Keefe, a sophomore at St. Bernard Preparatory School, joined young scholars from across the nation by recently participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) in Los Angeles, CA. Anna Caroline joined other high school students from around the country who demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine.

Throughout the 6-day forum, NYLF/MED introduced students to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice and included site visits to medical facilities and clinics. Scholars were engaged in a simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students were presented a fictional patient’s case history and diagnosed and developed a treatment plan for the patient. “Each student may very well be the face of the future of medicine,” said NYLF Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marguerite C. Regan. “The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine creates a virtual classroom with hospitals, clinical facilities and healthcare professionals. By shadowing key personnel, these students had a great opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on a medical career. The timing is critical as young people explore their career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in college coursework.”

In addition to visiting cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, Anna Caroline along with other scholars had the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical field. Students engaged personally with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators as they viewed these professionals at work.

NYLF is an educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering young people with the confidence to make well informed career choices. NYLF has provided programming to more than 100,000 young people.

1 comment:

Carolin said...

Forums like this help teens be heard and get involved in a variety of concepts. It's nice to hear that there are a lot of activities where teens are allowed to speak freely and be confident. Since young people tend to listen to professionals and people they look up, to this would definitely be an effective way to empower them. :)

Carolin Newmeyer