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BLACKFOOT â€” Two Blackfoot area youth are spending part of their summer at a prestigious National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston, Mass.
Joslyn Phillips and Davian Martinez, both incoming sophomores at Snake River High School, were invited to attend and each received a $500 scholarship from the program.
Throughout the 10-day forum, they will be introduced to concepts in public health, medical ethics, research, and general practice. They will also participate in site visits to medical schools and clinical facilities, such as Tufts Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. A highlight of the forum is a simulation in which students are presented with a fictional patientâ€™s case history and given the opportunity to diagnose the condition and develop a treatment plan for the patient.
In addition to visiting elite medical schools and cutting edge clinical facilities, they will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with top leaders within the medical field. Students engage personally with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists, and medical educators as they learn from professionals at work.
Since 1992, the National Youth Leadership Forum has empowered the nationâ€™s highest â€“achieving high school students with the confidence to make well-informed life choices that will prepare them for bright academic futures and successful professional careers.
Several donations were received to support this learning experience including a $1,500 donation from Bingham Memorial Hospital; $400 from the Snake River Education Foundation; and $200 from Dr. Martha Buitrago, Dr. Richard Nathan and the staff at Snake River Research.
Joslyn is the daughter of Jesse and Julia Phillips. Davian is the son of David and Sonia Martinez.
Mark Gabrylczyk, superintendent at Snake River School District, expressed his thanks to the sponsors for their support.