Students in the Rosary Athletic Medicine Program (RAMP) were chosen to attend the LeadAmerica conference at Johns Hopkins for a six-week residential experience that provided hands-on training at one of the nations top research universities.
Students from around the country were paired in cohorts to simulate group learning and interaction with others interested in the medical field.
"I'd describe it as an eye opening adventure through leadership and medical knowledge," says Noelle Nisco '15. "If the activities in themselves weren't enough, it was remarkable experiencing everything with hundreds of peers with the same aspirations to someday become a life promoting health care professional as I have also always dreamed to become. "
"LeadAmerica gave me the opportunity to affirm my love for medicine before entering college, and I am now confident in the decisions I plan to make when I exit Rosary," remarks Nisco.
As a freshman, Trista Ortiz was able to get an early look at day-to-day life on a college campus. "We were fortunate enough to meet and learn from many different speakers and medical professionals. They gave us an insight of what it takes to be in the medical field. Not only did we learn about medicine and health care, but more importantly they made me more aware of what it is going to take to get into the college of my dreams."
"It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I am blessed to have had this unforgettable experience," Ortiz, Class of 2016.
The LeadAmerica program provides leadership opportunities to high school students interested in exploring their future career fields. Career conferences are also offered in Business & Entrepreneurship, Digital Media & Journalism, Engineering & Robotics, Government & Politics, Law & Justice, National Security & Intelligence, and Theatre Arts.
Rosary Athletic Medicine Program student athletic training aides complete a year-long sports medicine course and maintain American Red Cross certification in both First-Aid and C.P.R. Students are then assigned to work with the Rosary teams throughout the year. The RAMP program is a part of the Kinesiology Department at Rosary High School.