A Franklin County High School student is about to get a glimpse of what her future would be like if she pursues her dream to become a doctor.
Cayce Daniels, who will be a sophomore this fall, is headed to Emory University in Atlanta Sunday for a 10-day participation in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine.
She’ll be staying at a dorm at Emory as she embarks on a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes shadowing practicing physicians, clinical site visits at the nation’s top medical centers and meeting and interacting with faculty from world-renowned medical institutions.
Daniels, 15, the daughter of Jesse and Jennifer Daniels of Carrabelle, is an honor roll student, active in the Tigers program at the Carrabelle branch library, and a member of the Franklin County band for four years.
Jennifer Daniels said her daughter, who has dreams of becoming a radiologist, was nominated for the program after an aptitude test at the school showed she has an interest in and an aptitude for medicine.
Tuition for the program runs close to $2,700, but with the help of family and friends, Daneils was able to make things work.
“She got a lot of help from the people in the community, First Baptist Church Carrabelle, where she is a member, Gayla Parks State Farm Insurance, Dr. Eugene Charbonneau, Mike's Quick Cash, just to name a few,” said Jennifer Daniels.
Her mother said Cayce plans to keep a journal and take photos of the forum. “It’s going to let her see what being a doctor entails as some of the activities will let her experience participating in a mock residency program selection, examining leadership by analyzing leaders in medicine, problem-based learning case, medical ethics scenarios and caucus,” said Jennifer Daniels. “She’ll participate in workshops learning how to take a patient's blood pressure and suturing, public health, participating in a mass triage scenario and site explorations to different medical schools and hospitals.”
According to the youth leadership forum’s website, participating institutions in the Atlanta area have included Emory School of Medicine, Georgia Health Sciences University, Mercer School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Campus-Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Hands-on activities may include histology, which involves using microscopes to view cell anatomy, visits to an anatomy lab, engaging in a vital signs workshop, and learning how to diagnose on SimMan, which is a portable, patient simulator.
Other highlights with the forum have been a hypnotism extravaganza, led by Sean Wheeler, a certified hypnotist; a visit to the inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site; shopping at the Mall of Georgia, the largest mall in the state; and a semi-formal dinner and dancing on the final evening of the program.
Speakers who have participated in past Atlanta Forums include health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and the Grady Health System.