June 27, 2003

Local Teen Prepares to Examine Field of Medicine

National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine Offers Career Exploration

Phoenix, AZ — Miss Elsa Lopez of San Diego recently enrolled in the prestigious National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED), taking place in Phoenix, AZ from July 6 to July 15, 2003. During this career development program, Lopez will join more than 350 other high school students from around the country who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in medicine.

Throughout the ten-day forum, NYLF/MED will introduce Lopez 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 simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students will be presented a fictional patient’s case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

“The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine offers students like Elsa Lopez a chance to complement their classroom experience,” said Donna Snyder, Executive Director of NYLF. “This will enhance the current knowledge of these students, providing a glimpse at where they might find themselves within the medical universe.” Snyder concluded, “It’s never too early in a young person’s life to start exploring which career to pursue. We give these students a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to become a medical professional.”

In addition to site visits to cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, Lopez will have the opportunity to hear from and 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 young people with the confidence to make well-informed career choices. NYLF has provided programming to more than 50,000 young people. For additional information, visit us on the Internet at www.nylf.org.

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