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Local teen set to examine field of medicine at conference

May 14, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Morgan Smith, a junior at Brawley Union High School, was recently accepted to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine from July 7-16 in Los Angeles.

NYLF/MED is a career development program for high school students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in medicine. Smith will join about 350 other high school students from around the country.

Throughout the 10-day forum NYLF/MED will introduce Smith to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice, including site visits to medical facilities and clinics. Students will engage in a problem-based learning simulation, an educational method where they are presented with a fictional patient's case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

"The national youth leadership forum offers an invaluable perspective for students who participate in the forum on medicine," said Donna Weldin, executive director of NYLF. "The relationships we forge with health-care facilities and educational institutions throughout the country afford these young people with an eye-opening experience, introducing them to the broad spectrum of medical careers."


In addition to site visits to cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, Smith will hear from and have the opportunity to interact with leaders within the medical field. Students have up-close personal contact with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators as they go behind the scenes to view these professionals at work.

"NYLF is a nonprofit educational organization that brings various professions to life empowering outstanding high school students with the confidence to make well-informed career choices," a press release states.

In addition to forums on medicine, NYLF offers programs for students interested in law or national security.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2002, NYLF has provided programming to more than 50,000 young people. For additional information, visit the Web site at

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