The Future of Medicine


Lodi High School’s own, Kamille Banks, was recently nominated as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The Congress is a program specifically geared towards high-achieving high school students that intend to pursue a career in health care, or medical research. It is a three-day program, where students across America will listen to nationally-accredited medical researchers on their latest findings and get medical school advice from top physicians. Students will also get a chance to participate in programs that will mentor them in areas such as: skill acquisition, career guidance, and networking. The Congress’s goal is to prepare tomorrow’s doctors for the rapidly-changing future.

The Rampage got a chance to ask Kamille a couple questions about her nomination and future.

How did you get interested in medicine?

“I come from a long line of nurses and doctors. The inspiration and influence from them came along the way. Also, when I was younger, I developed the notion to help those in need. ”

How did you get nominated for The Congress?

“My mother and I found out about The Congress while searching online summer programs for teens interested in medicine. I applied, and was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, who is the Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical scientists, as a New Jersey representative. I was very excited when I heard the news.”

What schools are you thinking about applying to?

“I’m not exactly sure, because I haven’t chosen my specific major yet, however, Spelman College is one of my top choices.”

What area of medicine do you plan to specialize in?

“I’m not sure about that either! I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I want to do, but I do know that I want to become a physician and become involved in health care.”

The event will be held in Boston, MA on June 25-27. The Rampage wishes Kamille the best of luck for all her future endeavors!