2004-07-30 / Community

High School Senior Catches Glimpse Of Future

By Shelly Banjo


Ashley Glover recently attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Los Angeles.
Ashley Glover recently attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Los Angeles. When Rockaway Beach resident Ashley Glover boarded her plane to Los Angeles, she thought she was only flying across the country. Little did she know, she was actually taking a trip into her future.

Glover participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine from July 11 to July 20, where she received a glimpse of where she could be in 11 years if she continues to pursue a career in the field of medicine.

“I got a chance to interact with medical students and doctors who are going through the same things I will be going through in the future,” Glover said.

The forum brings 8,800 high school students together from around the country to 23 various medical centers to run a pre-medical educational program. It gives students the chance to listen to speakers, visit medical schools, hospitals and research facilities, and take part in seminars and debates.

Glover’s honors English teacher, Kenneth Chiusano, from Bishop Ford Central High School, nominated her to be one of the 350 students at the L.A. conference.

“He was one of my favorite teachers because he expected more from me and made me work harder than anyone else,” his former student said.

Since Glover had never traveled by herself and had no preparation for the conference she said she was a little nervous.

“I thought they were going to be really hard on us and I didn’t know if I would open up to the other students.”

Glover’s dad was equally apprehensive.

“I figured she will be going away sooner or later to college and this was a great opportunity to meet different people and experience what she wants to do, but that didn’t stop me from calling and bugging her every night to make sure she was ok,” he said.

Every day Glover participated in group meetings and debates on a variety of topics such as patient privacy and medical treatment of minors. She also participated in group simulations where they received a fictional patient’s case history and had to diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

“We had to be prepared to argue for and against different topics,” Glover said. “It was challenging and I learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses as a debater.”

One of the best parts of the conference was the speaker whose lectures covered “Leadership in the field of Medicine” and “Healthy people in 2010,” and Glover said Hydeia Broadtzeit’s lecture on “Patient Care: A Personal perspective” had a particularly positive influence on her.

The participants also went to the Midway Medical hospital where they saw the emergency room and the surgery rooms. They even put on hospital scrubs and learned how to stitch up a wound.

“I was afraid we were going to have to see a dead body because all the medical students told me that the first thing they learn in medical school is how to deal with a dead body,” Glover said. To her relief, there were no cadavers.

Glover said she got an idea of what it will take to pursue the type of medicine she is interested in, namely Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN).

“The medical students that I spoke to and all the doctors showed me that it takes a lot of dedication and commitment but if you want it and put your time into it, it can definitely be done,” she said.

The interaction with medical students and bonding with other high school students made a big impact.

“They inspired me more to become a doctor and to go into medicine for the people, not the money.”

But Glover said the person who inspires her the most is her father, a single parent who has raised her since she was 6 months old.

“As long as I stay in school my father is behind me 100 percent,” Glover said. Her dad agreed and said he has always encouraged her to pursue everything she wants to do.

“I have always pushed her to ask questions about anything and everything and if there’s something she wants to do to not let anything stand in her way,” he said.

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