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Local Mansfield Student Attends Prestigious Congress of Future Medical Leaders Conference

Aug 23, 2017 08:04AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Lake Ridge High School student Kayla Danage recently attended the prestigious Congress of Future Medical Leaders conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Now in 10th grade, Kayla is on the Varsity Eagle Elite drill team, is a member of Jack and Jill, Incorporated, and is also a volunteer at Methodist Mansfield Hospital. 

This 3-day conference is invitation-only and reserved for students excelling in school that have an interest in the medical field. Kayla was one of those students. 

After attending, Kayla said, "The conference inspired me to continue studying hard and inspired me to find my passion in the medical field." 

She also recalled meeting Shree Bose (pictured right), who was "the first ever Google Science Fair winner who earned her award in 2011 and is getting her dual M.D./PhD. at Duke University."

There is no doubt in Kayla's mind that she is interested in the medical field as a future career. Her accomplishments alone speak for themselves in regards to her tenacity. She was able to fill us in on her experience at the conference, as well as tell us about her future goals. 

Tell us a little bit about your interest in the medical field. Is that a career you've always had a passion for?

I began having an interest in the medical field during my Freshman year of high school. As a result, I spoke to several of my parents associates that work in the medical field.  They are doctors, nurses, and physician assistants.  It is a field that helps people and is a good career.

Where did you get your inspiration to pursue it?

Upon attending the conference, it confirmed my desire to work in the medical field. The speaker’s stories inspired me to pursue medicine. Although the medical field is challenging, it is very rewarding, and most importantly, I want to make a difference in the world.


You recently attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders conference. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

The conference was awesome! There were over 4,000 students from all over the country in attendance. During the three-day event, there were over twenty-three speakers that included: motivational speakers, inventors, and medical doctors who shared their incredible stories on why they love medicine and science. I had an opportunity to meet other students, and meet many of the speakers. It was a very positive experience that I will never forget.


What was your most memorable moment while attending?

My most memorable moment during the conference was meeting Dr. Rick Sacra (pictured right). He survived Ebola and is a Humanitarian Physician. Also, he has developed a Christian Family Practice program for Liberian doctors.


What's one major thing that you took away from the conference?

There’s nothing wrong with being passionate about learning. Many of the speakers at the conference were only 15 years old when they made scientific discoveries.


What are your goals for the future?

My goals are to continue maintaining a high G.P.A, attend a university and major in Biology. I then would like to go to medical school and work in geriatrics or infectious diseases.

I see that you are very active in extracurricular activities! What is something that you like to do for fun?

During my free time, I enjoy watching Investigation Discovery shows, reading, watching ASAP Science on YouTube, dance videos from Millennium Dance Company and shopping.

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