This summer, a Calallen High School student will be joining young scholars from across the nation by participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Houston.

Ally Killian, 17, will be attending the forum this month, which takes place in 10 cities throughout the United States.

Scholars will join other high school students from around the country who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine, organizers said.

Killian will be entering her senior year at Calallen, and is involved in a number of school activities community charitable organizations. She is also the colonel of the Calallen Topcats. She was selected for the Houston forum based on her academic standing at Calallen HS.

“I am looking forward to experiencing all the Forum has to offer and to determine where a career in medicine might work for me,” Ally said.

Throughout the 10-day forum, Leadership Forum on Medicine will introduce students to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice and will include site visits to medical facilities and clinics.

Scholars will engage in a simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students will be presented with a fictional patient’s case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

“Each student may very well be the face of the future of medicine,” said NYLF Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marguerite C. Regan. “The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine creates a virtual classroom with hospitals, clinical facilities and healthcare professionals. By shadowing key personnel, these students will have a great opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on a medical career.

"The timing is critical of young people exploring their career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in college coursework.”

In addition to visiting cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, scholars will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical field. Students engage in personal contact with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators as they view these professionals at work.

For additional information, visit the National Youth Leadership Forum's Web site at