Article & Image by Amy Ngo
Pelham Preparatory Academy
Inspiring Teens Magazine: itmgz.com
Summer 2016 Issue
BRONX — Amy Ngo, a sophomore at Pelham Preparatory Academy of the Bronx is a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 25-27, 2016.
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The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.
Amy Ngo was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent New York based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
“I am just a typical teenager, no different,” she claims. “I am outgoing and have a social life, but at the end of the day, only my academics would get me far in life. The little things do not matter, like the clothes you wear or the people you befriend or the number of likes you get on an Instagram picture, none of that will matter in a few years. I already set out my plans for the future in the field of optometry. I am fascinated by the complexity and the technology that optometrists encounter. I have haemophobia, but i still want to make a difference in the world.”
During the three-day Congress, Amy will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; 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, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Amy are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”
“Being granted an opportunity like this comes once in a lifetime!” she said. “I am very lucky for getting to experience the Congress. Typical youth would not get to see a live surgery or meet successful people in the medical field, therefore I am very excited. They have so much to teach me about life, along with the profession. Participating in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders will shape my outlook on life and make me more passionate about optometry than I already am!”
The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.
“I feel that the Congress is much much more than just a learning experience for bright individuals, such as I. At the Congress, everyone would have the same goals and ambitions, regardless of where they live or their gender or their culture. Every individual that was nominated for this event shares a common goal: be successful in the medical field and save lives,” she tells.
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.
“I want to inspire other teenagers to find who they want to be in the world. I was once lost, not knowing not a clue of who I wanted to be. One day, a spark of inspiration hit me and I am working harder and harder everyday to better my life in the future. At this age, it is not too late if one hasn’t discovered themselves yet. Just be open to new experiences and you will come across a piece of yourself that you have never seen before,” she says.