PSLA Student Selected to Attend 'Congress of Future Medical Leaders'PSLA at Fowler sophomore Alaa Laila was selected as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, a live, virtual event that connected her with top medical school deans, top leaders in medicine and more. She attended the convening virtually, along with 4,700 other top students nationwide and was even able to watch a live, narrated surgery – all in preparation for her own future in the medical field. At the convening ceremony, Alaa even earned the honor of hosting a question-and-answer segment with Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos.
“I am extremely proud and humbled to be nominated for this prestigious award,” Alaa explained. “This is a big opportunity and will look very impressive on my college resume. I was super excited because there were Harvard professors attending, and Harvard is my dream school!”
Alaa, a Syrian refugee, is currently enrolled in the EMT program at PSLA at Fowler. She has always had an interest in the medical field, dreaming of becoming an OB/GYN since watching her mother struggle during childbirth.
“Growing up in the Middle East, I observed how women do not have equality,” Alaa added. “There, women are viewed as less than men and have fewer opportunities. Since coming to America, I have made it my mission to help women gain equality around the world. By becoming an OB/GYN, it will be my purpose to help educate other women, and men, about the amazing capabilities of the female body.”
Alaa is actively engaged in the community, having volunteered at CYO Refugee Services and spoken about refugee rights and struggles. In school, she attends the PSLA “I Am Me” club, serves on the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet and is a facilitator for the Community Wide Dialogue program. Congratulations and best of luck as you pursue your dreams, Alaa!