By Sharon Aron Baron
Shalom Mallett, a freshman at Coral Glades High School, became passionate about science in medicine at the age of seven.
Inspired by her mother, a nurse who cares for others, she realized that so many people around the world still needed help after watching family members not getting it.
Mallot’s goal is to not only one day becoming a doctor and helping others, but she’d like to teach future doctors as well. She also finds it fascinating to use highly advanced technology that has the ability to heal people.”
In December, Mallett, 14, received news that she was chosen as a delegate representing Coral Glades High School and the State of Florida for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.
Held on March 20 and 21, the event honors, inspires, motivates, and directs the top students in the country interested in medical careers to stay true to their dream and, after the event, provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goal.
Mallett’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Florida based on her academic achievement, leadership potential, and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.
During the two-day virtual Congress of Future Medical Leaders, Mallett will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be advised by Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.
Mature for her age, Mallett said hard times taught her some important life lessons at a very young age.
“Through the good and the bad, I will not allow myself to dwell on the bad; I’m always determined to get back up.”
She sets high standards and expectations for herself and looks for positivity in every situation of my life.
“I’m ambitious and very driven, and some will say very, very organized. I love helping others, making others smile, and knowing that I did something to make their day better.”
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