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Annapolis Graduation / Source: Wikimedia Commons and U.S. Navy Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain
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6,000 Top Students Bullish on Medical Profession

Biloine W. Young • Tue, July 23rd, 2013

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Doctors take heart. Despite the numbers of current physicians who report feeling burned out, underpaid and unappreciated, 93% of prospective doctors say that they are very or somewhat optimistic about the future of the profession. The National Survey of Future Medical Leaders, conducted in June 2013 of 6,000 current high school students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher who plan to pursue medial careers, found them to be extremely positive about the future of medicine.

The conductors of the survey found that this generation is going into medicine for what the survey authors believe to be the right reasons. The students want the doctor-patient relationships (74%) and not job security (14.2%) or the prestige of being a physician (15%). Even the challenges of medical school do not frighten them off nor do they fear losing direction (4%) or the rigors of medical studies (10%).

The survey found that fewer than 7% of the future doctors want to go into primary care medicine. The students’ two favorite specialties were pediatrics (18%) and surgery (17%). The youth had also given little thought to the potential impact on the profession of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). More than half of the respondents (51%), including those who had a family member or close friend in the profession, had no opinion on the perceived effects of ObamaCare.

Connie Mariano, M.D., Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, said, “It’s our obligation to mentor our future medical leaders so they know what tomorrow holds for medicine. The stakes are too high to let these young medical leaders get off track.”

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded to identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills. Based in Washington, D.C., the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution 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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7 Responses to “6,000 Top Students Bullish on Medical Profession”

  1. Merry says:

    Its wonderful that so many kids are interested in the medical sciences and the National Academy of Future Physicians. We’ve always needed good doctors, but with the health care industry changing (as I’m sure it will continue to change) it’s wonderful to know that our youth is still interested in learning about medical professions. Kudos to them. I hope that when my son in high school aged things like the Congress of Future Medical Leaders is still around.

  2. kaitlyn says:

    Is this a legitimate opportunity or a scam. I received a letter to participate but do not want to waste my money .

  3. Rebekah says:

    I also received a letter to attend, but am not sure if it is a scam. It seems a bit suspicious that they would ask for money from the students.

  4. Liz says:

    If not a scam, then a very expensive fake honor. The same organization runs many “congresses” for average and above average students. My niece is out several hundred dollars because she couldn’t raise the rest of the “tuition” (note that there is no credit for attending) and there are no refunds for the amount you already paid to save your spot. They implied there was scholarship money, but there wasn’t. They give you suggestions about how to beg for the money from your family friends, teachers and church. It is VERY profitable for them.

  5. Teah says:

    It isn’t a scam, I was nominated through one of my very strict, and very cautious, honors science teachers. I know there is scholarship money available because I am going on a scholarship that said teacher nominated me for. Without it I wouldn’t be able to go, and I am glad I can attend. I believe that you have to be nominated for a scholarship in order to receive one, because there doesn’t seem to be any other way to get one. I hope this is helpful to someone.

  6. Dominick says:

    Can we hear from any former Students or Parents of Students that have attended and what they thought of the program. Great opportunity if it is for real.

  7. JohnRJohnson says:

    This is organization is money-making scheme cooked up by an entrepreneur named Richard Rossi, who has started several other organizations that use similar tactics. What the company is actually offering is a tour — a tour where there are no guarantees that any of the events will actually occur. And, if part or all of the tour is cancelled, for whatever reason, you will get no refund. This about collecting thousands of dollars from parents who have great hopes for the future of their child. It strikes at a parent’s most vulnerable point with a slick, carefully designed mailer that tries desperately to look official and legitimate. (If you look at it carefully, it is filled with typographical errors). DO NOT give a dime of your money to these people. And, if you read positive comments about the National Academy for Future Physicians ANYWHERE, assume that the people writing those comments are paid shills for the company who are all working from the same script. Don’t just take my word for it. Do the research, like I did when my daughter showed me this elaborate mailer.

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