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Fair Attends Boston Medical Conference


Student Visits Boston Medical Conference
“Miracles happen when you give more energy to your dreams than to your fears.” This quote and several others made quite an impression on Tatyiana Fair during her experience at the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists in Boston, Massachusetts. Fair, a student at Grenada High School, attended the event this past summer after she was nominated by an anonymous benefactor.

According to the Academy website (http://www.futuredocs.com/about-us/), America is facing a national crisis. The site credits the American Association of Medical Colleges with stating that if current graduation and training rates continue, there will soon be a shortage of as many as 150,000 primary care doctors and specialists. The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists works to identify, encourage, and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Tatyiana Fair is just such a student.

Fair, an aspiring pediatrician, spent two days at the Academy, listening to featured speakers, watching a preview of an upcoming new medical television show, and even watching a live surgery. Speakers included Shree Bose, Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Google Science Fair; Sir Richard Roberts, 1993 Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine; Bo Eason, author and performer; Rick Sacra, humanitarian, physician, and Ebola survivor; Carmen Tarleton, the recipient of one of the world’s first face transplants; and Brittany Wenger, a student at Duke University who was Fair’s favorite speaker. Carmen Tarleton’s strength while surviving the debilitating abuse by her husband and her subsequent face transplant also made quite an impression on Fair. Another speaker Fair heard, Carson Barry, hails as the world’s youngest concussion researcher. At the tender age of 12, Barry studies how concussion may be linked to suicide.

Fair’s interest was also piqued by Larry Hester who lost his sight to a devastating eye disease. Thirty-three years after his loss, Hester received a bionic eye, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device. The device sends light signals to his brain, which allow him to see things illuminated with a large amount of light. This past Christmas, 30 years after he lost his sight, Hester actually hit 4 out of 7 baskets on his home basketball court after his son draped lights around the goal! That’s quite an amazing feat for a man who was once blind.

The Academy hosted approximately 3000 students from around the world during Fair’s visit. While the purpose of the event was to encourage and educate future medical students, students were also treated to a little fun during their stay. Students toured Harvard University and also met the cast of the new medical television series Code Black. On the last night of the affair, attendees were honored with a dance party. The highlight of the conference, according to Fair, allowed students a birds-eye view of a live surgery. The surgery she witnessed demonstrated removal of a nodule from a patient’s lung. Witnessing the removal of part of the lung, then the re-attachment and consequent re-inflation of the lung is a sight that Fair will not soon forget.

For attending the congress, Fair was inducted into the Torch and Laurel Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.