Camden Hills graduate attends National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine

BERKLEY, CALIF. — Bailey Briggs, a Camden resident and a 2013 graduate from Camden Hills Regional High School, recently completed a 10-day program at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at the University of California, Berkley outside of San Francisco. Briggs will be a freshman at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. this fall.

Briggs was challenged to learn about a broad range of topics, including educational requirements, career options, clinical practice and complex ethical and legal issues facing the medical profession today. With fellow classmates, he discussed global epidemics, cures for life-threatening diseases, life as a medical resident, medical specialties and primary care with current physicians and patients.

During the Public Heath Symposium, Briggs and his peers developed a solution to a public health problem that might occur in their local communities. The group presented their findings to a panel of local health professionals.

“The forum helped me understand the pathway toward becoming a doctor and showed me all of the necessities and sacrifices required to join the medical field. The speakers and presenters at the forum taught me that I need to be committed and passionate toward my career goal, and that I must always keep on learning and gaining knowledge from everything around me. The experience has solidified my intentions to explore a career in medicine,” said Briggs in a news release.