North Point junior attends national summer medical program

North Point junior attends national summer medical program

North Point High School junior Kaitlyn Freeland was nominated and attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine held July 12-17 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The program provides students interested in careers in the medical field with opportunities to have hands-on experiences and learn about technology used in medical facilities. Participants also take part in lectures and small-group seminars with medical students, physicians, surgeons and biomedical researchers, which provide them with a comprehensive view of the medical field.

As part of the nine-day forum, students also examine diagnostic tools and future medical specialties. Participating institutions range from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and The George Washington University Hospital to the Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. The forum is sponsored by Envision, an education organization dedicated to enabling students of all ages to explore their interests and gain learning experiences beyond the classroom.

The medical forum is reserved only for students who demonstrate leadership skills and an interest in medicine. In order to be eligible for the program, students must be in grades 9-12 and nominated by a teacher or school administrator.

Freeland is enrolled in the health occupations program at North Point and was nominated to attend the forum by her health occupations teacher, Jill Bodamer. Freeland plans to major in neuroscience after she graduates and hopes to attend the University of Minnesota. Envision sponsors several programs for students at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels, as well as college students. These programs range from the medical field, digital media and law to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), youth leadership and business.

For more information on Envision programs available to students, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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