CRESTVIEW — Sharon Garcia, a 11th grader at Crestview High School of Crestview was a delegate to the recent Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The congress is an honors-only program in Lowell, Massachusetts for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists created the program to help students stay true to their dream and provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and NAFPMS science director, nominated Garcia to represent Florida based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

Garcia and fellow attendees 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; heard stories directly from patients who are living medical miracles; and heard from their fellow teen medical science prodigies. They also 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.

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 physicians and medical students to guide and mentor other students, and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and more.

Visit www.FutureDocs.com or call 617-307-7425 for more information on NAFPMS and its programs.