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South Tahoe student to attend medical forum

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports
provided Novasel, Mollie

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Mollie Novasel recently enrolled in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, which will take place from July 11 through 20 in Los Angeles. She will join 350 other high school students from around the country, who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine. The daughter of Bob and Sue Novasel of South Lake Tahoe, she will be a junior at South Tahoe High School in the fall.

Throughout the 10-day forum, the leadership forum will introduce Novasel to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice and will include site visits to medical facilities and clinics. Students will engage in a simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students will be presented a fictional patient’s case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

“The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine creates a virtual classroom out of hospitals, clinical facilities and health care professionals,” said Donna Snyder, executive director of NYLF. “By shadowing key personnel, students like Mollie Novasel will have a great opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on a career in medicine. This is a critical time for these students to be exploring their future career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in coursework once they are in college.”

In addition to visits to cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, Novasel will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical field. Students have up-close and personal contact with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators as they go behind the scenes to view these professionals at work.

National Youth Leadership Forum is a nonprofit educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with the confidence to make well-informed career choices. NYLF has provided programming to more than 50,000 young people. For more information visit

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