Munster High School senior Sara Shah gained confidence and insight during her recent participation in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston.
Shah, whose father is an internal medicine physician, plans to become a neurosurgeon and was exposed to leading researchers and surgeons during the Congress in June.
Carmen Tarleton, who received the first full facial transplant, spoke to the students, as did Bohdan Pomahac, who performed the procedure.
“We also saw a live thoracic surgery done by Dr. Hochheiser and listened to Larry Hester, who received a bionic eye due to an early diagnosis of Retinitis pigmentosa,” Shah said.
“The Congress gave me much more motivation to pursue medicine, knowing there is a great change to come in the future with our generation. It also gives me inspiration knowing that new technology and developments come every day,” Shah added.
“It was a very thrilling moment to know that I was selected among many and to receive a chance to garner insight into something I am very interested in. it also made me confident with the way I have been preparing for the future,” she added.
The daughter of Rupesh and Kinnery Shah, of Munster, Shah is a top scoring student at MHS and a member of the Best Buddies program and the debate team. In the DECA business club, she is a two-time state qualifier and an international qualifier, and placed third in state.
In addition, the teen is a member of HUM, and organization where Hindus, Sikhs, and other Indian cultures come together to show a unified culture. As a member, she performs twice a year and also volunteers with many local nonprofit organizations.