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The Congress of Future Medical Leaders: What Is It?

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders began as an in-person event in 2014. The Congress is a LIVE interactive awards program that brings together the world’s finest living brains in medicine with future leaders’ disciplines. Delegates meet and connect often, and there are activities in small groups to develop friendships with future colleagues and partners.  Following the epidemic, the Academy developed a virtual learning experience.

High-achieving students may attend Congress using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere globally with a strong Internet connection. The Academy is pleased to provide a virtual program that feels like a face-to-face experience without the time, effort, and money that students and their families would expend going to an in-person event.

Is a Tentative Schedule For The Congress Available?

The schedule for each future Congress will be made available four weeks before the event. They aim to provide the most thrilling experience and include fascinating speakers. Therefore the final program will be modified until Congress starts.

What is Included In The Tuition?

Tuition covers teaching, speakers, education staff, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence, and Congress events. Delegates may also attend two or all three Congresses at no extra expense as an added educational advantage.

Are there tuition subsidies available?

The Academy is pleased to provide a limited number of need-based scholarships. Please contact [email protected] or call (617) 307-7425 for additional information about the Financial Need Scholarship. 

Teachers, counselors, and administrators choose students to be Delegates based on their commitment to joining the medical profession as doctors or medical scientists (biomedical, technical, engineering, and mathematics), their leadership potential, and their academic brilliance.

Other methods of identifying qualified students include academic events, recommendations, youth groups, honor societies, medical institutions, medical societies, program Alumni, in-classroom surveys, and participation in the College Board’s Student Search Service®.

Will You Be Recognized or Awarded After Congress?

You will earn the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence after completing an open note test to show attendance at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders and verification of your 3.5 or above GPA. 

Attending both days of the Congress, engaging in events, and demonstrating leadership in and commitment to the medical profession are required to receive the Award.

High-achieving kids have lost many chances to differentiate themselves and display their abilities in a COVID-19 world. Delegates utilize the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence in college, scholarship, and internship applications.

How Will You Validate Your GPA?

The Congress is a program for academic accolades. To enroll, you must have at least a 3.5 GPA (or equivalent), either current or cumulative.

It would help if you validated your GPA unless a teacher recommends you. At the time of registration, you will be given detailed instructions on validating your GPA. If you attend the Congress without a confirmed GPA, you will be able to participate, but you will not be able to collect your Award of Excellence until you submit proof.

Can You Get College Credit For Going To Congress?

Delegates may receive one college credit from Bottega University based on the educational value of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. College credit allows you to certify yourself and show colleges and other organizations that you have previously finished college-level academic work.

Delegates must complete the Congress of Future Medical Leaders by attending all sessions, taking notes, and submitting a Congress Reflection essay to be eligible.

Bottega University’s one college credit provided in conjunction with the Congress of Future Medical Leaders costs $275. This includes a $225 college credit tuition cost and a $50 Bottega University registration fee.

The Academy’s Admissions Office may be reached by phone at (617) 307-7425 or email at [email protected].

Is It Possible For Congress To Accommodate Your Disability?

All kids with impairments are encouraged to attend the Academy. Please contact the Admissions Office at (617) 307-7425 to discuss particular requirements.

How can I best participate in Congress?

To experience the Congress:

  1. Select a calm and well-lit area in your house.
  2. Ensure the environment is clear of distractions for you and your colleagues, such as background noise and window glare.
  3. Choose a computer workstation with a comfy chair that puts you inside the frame of the computer’s camera and a solid-colored wall behind you.

Anything attached to the backdrop wall (decorations, posters, paintings) should be appropriate for a school.

What Kind Of Technology Will You Require?

To participate in the Congress successfully, you will need:

  • A virus-free PC that can run the most recent versions of internet browsers and applications.
  • A connection to the internet that is fast enough to allow streaming video and interactive audio. (Those who do not have access to dependable high-speed internet may still participate completely through audio and chat. They may also go to a church, library, or community center with excellent internet access). While not required, you may either connect your computer directly to your router or relocate to a place with the best wifi connection for a better experience.
  • A microphone to engage in Congress breakout sessions. Most computers have a microphone; however, you may buy a USB-connected headset with a microphone if yours does not.
  • If you want to participate in the Congress through video, you’ll need a webcam. If your computer does not already have a built-in camera, you may buy an external webcam that connects to your computer through USB.

Will there be measures in place to prevent uninvited observers from entering the Congress environment?

Yes, the technology team is hard at work to guarantee that the Congress is a secure, password-protected environment for Delegates.

Will Congress provide a secure atmosphere for Delegates and safeguard them from cyberbullying?

The Academy anticipates that Delegates will contribute positively to the experience of their fellow Delegates and the intellectual environment of the Congress. Delegates are required to take their involvement seriously. Disruptive conduct and Congress platforms for inappropriate material or speech will not be allowed.

Delegates are also accountable for their social or public behavior, including what they say in digital venues like text messages, social media postings, emails, and discussion boards. Bullying on the internet will not be allowed.

Can Your Parents/Guardians Participate In The Program?

Parents and families are invited to attend the Congress for free. This enables deep and essential “dinner table” discussions between parents and Delegates, as Delegates are encouraged and inspired to envision a brighter future for themselves throughout Congress. 

Will This Program Assist You In Gaining Admission to a Competitive College or Medical School?

The Congress’ education, motivation, and recognition may motivate students to take the personal steps required to become far better prospects for competitive college and medical school admissions.

Attendance at the Congress may also boost a student’s academic profile by contributing to the display of extracurricular experience and accomplishment required when applying to colleges and universities, particularly because COVID-19 has reduced the availability of academic enrichment activities.

Can You Make Your Congressional Nomination Public?

Delegates will write their press release using an Academy-developed template. Instructions are included on how to disseminate this release to local newspapers and television stations so that Delegates get the most attention for their accomplishments.

What Is The Purpose of Tuition?

First, create and implement a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience. This requires the efforts of a large number of people, months of preparation, and a large number of resources.

Second, there are scholarships. Teachers from around the nation who serve on the Academy’s Honorary Board of Educators will grant scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, the Academy is pleased to provide a limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need.

Third, to finance the Academy’s many free services to all students, regardless of GPA. Among the free services are:

  • Online social networks where future doctors and scientists can communicate.
  • Opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students.
  • Communications for parents and students with information about college acceptance and finances, skill acquisition, internships, career guidance, and much more.

What happens if you need to cancel your reservation and get a refund?

Students are eligible for a Congress tuition refund within 30 days of their initial payment or before attending a Congress, whichever comes first. Any cancellation or refund request must be made in writing by the Parent/Guardian who completed the online registration. It is possible that refunds may take 4-6 weeks to complete. Any Delegate expelled from Congress due to a breach of the Code of Conduct is not entitled to a refund.

Refunds for College Credit are issued in accordance with Bottega University’s rules, as mandated by the university’s accreditor.

Is Congress of Future Medical Leaders Legit?

The event’s speakers are genuine. Nobel laureates and professors from renowned universities such as Harvard, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins are honored by Congress. They unquestionably contribute to believability.

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a highly selective organization that recognizes academically outstanding high school students committed to serving humanity via medicine. To attend, all students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

 Some Critiques

  • Some parents, especially middle-class parents, feel that the cost of attending an event such as the Congress is prohibitive, and they don’t perceive tangible benefits. They feel as their children are already high achievers in their academic field. They don’t need to attend an event like Congress to add value to their qualifications and performance. They feel such pay-to-play programs only help in resume padding.
  • All universities also don’t recognize the programs and the value of the certificates issued by the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Some universities feel a sustained commitment to summertime programs run by high school students is more valuable than privately run programs. 
  • Some parents also think that the packets of information should be directly sent to them instead of being marketed to parents. After all, the children are still impressionable, and the ultimate decision-makers are the parents themselves.

 Key Takeaways

In summary, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders is an invitation-only event for high school students interested in science, medicine, or research-based on standardized exam scores and interested in the topics. The pros and cons of attending such an event should be carefully considered and weighed against the merits of attending University-sponsored programs for high school students.

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