Talented teen gets medical honour in US
A TEENAGER could be destined to be one of America's future medical leaders after he was picked to represent his state at a prestigious medical congress.
Kieran Lobb, 16, will attend the three-day Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington DC in February where he will be mentored by three greats of the world of medicine including Dr Craig Venter, listed as one of the world's 50 most influential figures in 2010, and Nobel Prize winners Dr Jack Szoztak and Dr Mario Capecchi.
Kieran, who is originally from Bodmin, received a personal letter of invitation from Connie Mariano, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and former personal physician of nine years to the president of the United States. The letter said Kieran is being "nationally recognised" because of his outstanding academic record, leadership potential and desire to contribute to the profession of medicine.
As an enrolled honouree, Kieran will also be eligible to compete for a full medical school scholarship awarded by the academy with up to £110,000-worth of tuition.
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The latest achievement comes after Kieran received a letter in 2011 from President Obama in recognition of his achievements at school.
Kieran received the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the president himself.
Kieran, a former pupil at St Petroc's Primary School in Bodmin, emigrated with his family to Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 2007. His dad Phil runs an online business there and Kieran is now excelling at his local high school.
His proud grandmother, Patricia Lobb, from Bodmin, said Kieran wants to become a doctor and is working hard to achieve his target.
"It's absolutely fantastic, we are all very proud of him," Mrs Lobb said.
The family are currently visiting for Christmas.