The Chattanooga and Hamilton County Medical Society and Medical Foundation of Chattanooga has announced the names of 25 area school students selected for the 2019 Youth Leadership Forum taking place June 3-6. The Youth Leadership Forum encourages rising high school juniors and seniors to consider careers in medicine. During the course of the week, students will enjoy daily roundtable discussions with physicians and shadow a different physician each day.
Hosted at CHI Memorial, Erlanger, and Parkridge hospitals, the Forum’s programming is designed to:
-Provide rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn more about life as a physician and inspire them to consider a career in medicine;
- Educate students about options available to assist with the cost of medical education;
- Provide students and local physicians with a community-based mentoring/teaching experience; and
- Assist with efforts to increase the pipeline of health care providers in Southeastern Tennessee.
The 25 students selected for this honor were selected from applications received from schools throughout the region. The participants represent 16 private and public schools. They are:
Baylor School - Chase Radpour, Mark Wilson
Bledsoe County High School - Alana Holland
Boyd Buchanan High School - Dominick Cortes Coker, Alexander Coker, Tejit Pamidi
Chattanooga Christian School - Donald Cameron Bradley
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences - Lana El-Etr, Jamisen A. Mobley
East Hamilton High School - Struti Patel, Jason Tran
Girls Preparatory School - Ruchi Patel
Hixson High School - Ezza Zahid
Lee University - Blaire Terrell
Lookout Valley High School - Jacob Scott Hale
Notre Dame High School - Mason Jurka, Jennifer Swope
Ooltewah High School - Anna-Yazin Iparraguirre-Garcia, Louis D. Ramirez
Red Bank High School - Sandy Chen, Avianna Harris
Silverdale Baptist Academy - Curtis Hyde Dearing
South Pittsburg High School - Skyller Beason
The McCallie School - Denver Oliver, Nathan Wagoner
Mark Brzezienski, MD, founder of the Youth Leadership Forum expressed his optimism for this year’s class. “This program is a great way to educate students on the realities of the field of medicine. These young men and women are always so full of hope and optimism. They inspire us as much as we hope to inspire them to pursue a career in the field,” Dr. Brzezienski said.