This past summer, Yasely Gonzalez (a senior at Juarez-Lincoln High School) attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston.

Sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, the gathering “provides skills, motivation, guidance, and mentorship for students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, scientists, or technologists.”

Annually, the 3-day symposium brings together some of the brightest students from across the country in a meet-and-greet atmosphere with Nobel Prize winners, award winning inventors, scientists, medical school deans, doctors, and leaders in the medical field.

At the congress, Yasely not only witnessed a real surgery procedure, but also got the opportunity to meet Carmen, the first woman in the world to receive a successful face transplant.

“I already knew I wanted to become a doctor – specifically an obstetrician, but being a part of this medical conference for students has opened my eyes to the extent of how doctors change lives,” stated Gonzalez. “… and I too will transform people’s lives.”

To qualify to attend, delegates must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be nominated by a teacher, counselor, or principal.

Because of her participation in the congress, in the summer of 2016 Yasely will next be traveling to India for two weeks for a second medical conference where she will have a more hands-on role as she will be assisting in real medical surgeries.

Congratulations to Yasely and her family for being an example to students everywhere that goals are attainable if you work hard and believe.