BATON ROUGE— Mia Upshaw, whose family hails from Vernon Parish, was a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass. on June 25-27.

BATON ROUGE— Mia Upshaw, whose family hails from Vernon Parish, was a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass. on June 25-27. She is a sophomore at Baton Rouge Magnet School.

Mia is the daughter of Cedric and Shelley Upshaw, graduates of Leesville High School, Class of 1982, granddaughter of Joseph and Ruth Cormier of New Llano, and Rev. Van and Margaret Upshaw, both deceased and formerly of Leesville.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians go into medical research fields.

The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Mia was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Louisiana based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Mia joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; got advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witnessed stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; was inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learned about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“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 Mia are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

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 offers 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.

Based in Washington,n D.C. and with offices in Boston, Mass., 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.