Want to Meet Famous Scientists? Attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders The world has evolved rapidly over the past few centuries. Science is a major reason for many of the advances that we have experienced during this time; these changes have improved our health and wellbeing, our homes, our food, and how we connect with each other. To continue these advances, we must continue to train scientists, doctors, and medical researchers. Encouraging younger people to pursue scientific careers can be difficult in today's environment; organizations like the National Academy of Physicians help guide high-achieving students into medical and other scientific careers. Contributions of Past Researchers While many young people may be able to name famous football or basketball stars of the past, fewer students can name famous scientists of the past. Many of these researchers made contributions that still resonate today. Benjamin Franklin invented bifocal glasses. Another scientist, Andreas Vesalius, wrote a book about the anatomy of the human body after spending years dissecting and studying real humans. Elizabeth Blackwell was one of the first women to graduate medical school and went on to train other women to practice medicine. Henry Ford pioneered assembly-line production methods for automobiles which lowered prices so that more and more people could afford them. George Washington Carver changed how crops are grown which helped improve harvests. Our way of life would be totally different if some of these people did not make the discoveries that they did. Discoveries of Today Although we may not read about it as much, scientists are completing important work in the present also. Steven Hawking is an astrophysicist who has done important work on black holes. James Watson was one of the discoverers of the structure of DNA. A lesser-known researcher, Rosalind Franklin, took images of the DNA structure which helped Watson and colleagues explain their findings. Dr. Martin Chalfie found a substance called green fluorescent protein which allows scientists to study how cells function; he won a Nobel Prize in 2008 for his research. Jane Goodall spent almost 50 years studying chimpanzees; her findings taught us about the life of these animals and about the evolution of humans. All of this research is important but is just not as well-known. Entering the Field of Science High-achieving students must be inspired to follow in the footsteps of these renowned researchers; the findings of future scientists may cure cancer or solve world hunger. Getting exposed to chemistry and biology and participating in internship activities can increase these studentsâ€™ interest in entering the science professions. Learning about researchers of the past and present also increases interest in these areas. Meetings like the Congress of Future Medical Leaders can help direct high-achieving students in the right direction. For more information on becoming a physician and the great scholarship opportunities for medical students, visit us at www.FutureDocs.com or check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/futuredocs.