DeSoto Junior Chosen for Congress of Future Medical Leaders


DESOTO, TX – DeSoto High School junior Michael Thornburg, Jr. was recently chosen to attend the Congress for Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC on February 14-16, 2014.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The goal is to motivate, honor, inspire and direct the students and to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their dreams.
During the three-day Congress, Michael Thornburg Jr., 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 is 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.
Michael, a junior at the DeSoto High School Business Academy, is an avid competitor in the classroom and in sports as a student-athlete in both track and field and football. He has been named to the US Achievement Academy (USAA) National Honor Roll and received the USAA National Leadership Merit Award. A member of the DHS Phi Theta Mu Math Club, he also attended the NSF Summer Science Institute at Jarvis College and earned eight (8) college credits in field techniques and environmental science.
“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 Michael Thornburg Jr., are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”
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 plans to launch in 2013 and 2014 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.
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., 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, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
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