RSHS student recently took part in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine; Summer forum provides framework for examining future careers in medicine

Ryne Grossnickle, who will be a senior this fall at RSHS, recently participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Careers in Medicine in Chicago. Grossnickle is pictured at the Dr. Scholl Museum at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

CHICAGO – Local Rock Springs High School student Ryne Grossnickle recently participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Careers in Medicine in Chicago.

Grossnickle, who will be a senior this fall, was able to visit numerous medical facilities and colleges in the Chicago area. His trip was housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine and featured visits to the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center which is a collaboration with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

The center is a virtual care delivery setting that replicates all areas of patient care. Actual medical equipment is combined with state-of-the-art simulation devices to provide the highest level of medical research, training and innovation. At the center, Grossnickle learned how to suture and dissected a pig. He was also able to view a kidney transplant.

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“It was a truly awesome experience,” Grossnickle said, who was nominated by RSHS Instructor Bruce Metz. “I really want to thank all the people, businesses and organizations who helped me with my trip and the Rock Springs High School Health Academy. The Academy has definitely made an impact on me and better prepared me for a career in the medical industry.”

Grossnickle indicated that many students in attendance at the forum were jealous of the opportunities the high school academy offers students. Grossnickle said he felt much better prepared for the exercises he participated in during the medical forum because of being part of the RSHS Health Academy.

Throughout the nine-day program, students were introduced to emerging issues in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice. Site visits to top medical schools and clinical facilities were also part of the experience to develop the next generation of medical professionals. A highlight of the forum enabled students to test their knowledge as they triaged injured patients in a mass casualty simulation.

Many of the students who attended the conference are nominated by teachers and guidance counselors based on their demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential and interest in medicine.

“The program provides an important behind-the-scenes perspective on medical careers,” said Marguerite C. Regan, Ph.D., dean of academic affairs for National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. “This is a critical time for high school students to begin exploring their career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in college coursework and creating a pathway to future success.”

NYLF Medicine is part of the Envision family of programs (, which enable students of all ages to explore their interests and gain learning experiences beyond the classroom. Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.

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