Going to ‘Congress’
Marist student to study medicine at national conference in D.C.
by By Joseph Passantino
Reporter staff writer
Jan 22, 2014 | 2690 views | 14 14 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
READY FOR THE CAPITAL – For Audrey Sagna of Bayonne, hard work and an interest in medicine are paying off. She’ll attend a prestigious conference for students in Washington, D.C., next month.
READY FOR THE CAPITAL – For Audrey Sagna of Bayonne, hard work and an interest in medicine are paying off. She’ll attend a prestigious conference for students in Washington, D.C., next month.
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For Audrey Sagna of Bayonne, a passion for medicine is a family tradition. And this 14-year-old Marist High School sophomore will get to build on that interest next month when she attends the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 14 to 16.

Future Medical Leaders is an honors-only program for high-school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

“The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream, and, after the event, to provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goal,” said a Congress spokesman.

Sagna feels this opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is looking to soak up as much knowledge as possible.

“I'll learn a lot of things; the new technologies they use right now in the medical field,” she said. “I’ll be learning about surgery.”

“I’ll know a lot in advance,” Sagna said. “I’ll know what I can do to get ahead and things like that.”

She has been ecstatic about the program since finding out she was accepted last summer.

“I’m very excited,” Sagna said. “I’ve been talking about it for a very long time. I know that it’s a very exclusive type of thing and you have to get nominated to get in.”

That actually happened at her previous school, Holy Family Academy, as a freshman last year, when she had taken an educational survey and indicated her interest in medicine.

“I put down that I wanted to be a doctor and that I wanted to take medical courses in college,” she said.

One of her teachers thought highly enough of Sagna to submit her name for nomination to the program.

Then Holy Family closed its doors for good in June, and Sagna wound up at Marist, and in the school’s Medquest program.

Wearing the whites

Though very early in her medical studies, and years away from her undergraduate or medical degrees, she already has chosen a specialty.

“I want to be an anesthesiologist,” she said. “Ever since I was a kid, it’s been my dream. My uncle's one too. It’s just something I always wanted to do.”

Her other uncle's a pharmacist, and mom and dad have both been nurse’s aides, so it’s no surprise that Sagna will wind up wearing a white lab coat too.

Medquest program

Sagna is thankful that the Medquest program is available at Marist, giving her the opportunity to learn healthcare basics.

“It’s for people who want to do things in the medical field,” she said. “We learn medical terms. We learn how to do injections. We learned how to wrap arms; put a person’s arm in a sling. We learned how to take blood pressure, a person's pulse, respiration.”

One half year through the four-year program, she is already looking forward to her junior and senior years, where she will receive real-life clinical experience. That happens after volunteer work in a hospital somewhere this summer.

Pre-med and med schools

Always thinking ahead, Sagna is considering Seton Hall University in South Orange for her undergraduate degree, and then is eyeing two of the country’s best universities to pursue her medical degree.

“My dream school would be to go to Johns Hopkins,” she said. “There’s also Georgetown.”

But first there’s the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, and one thing she really thinks is “cool”: taking part in a live procedure.

“In the Congress, we’ll be able to be a part of a surgery, and talk to the surgeon while he’s doing the surgery. It’s like we’ll be doing the real thing. I’m excited about that.”

Joseph Passantino may be reached at JoePass@hudsonreporter.com.

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adja jackson
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February 05, 2014
Congratulations baby I'm so proud of you keep going baby yes you can congratulations to your mom and dad Machallah baby girl god bless big kiss love you
Mame Marie
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February 03, 2014
Congratulations my sweet and beautiful little girl! This is a great opportunity and I wish and hope for you the best of the best!

May God enlighten your path! Amen

Much love
Tatavalentine
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February 03, 2014
May God's graces be with you as you step towards your dreams. Keep the faith and courage as you face new challenges in life, you will be off for great places and contribute to make the world a better place.

With much love, auntie Valentine.

Ps, don't ever loose you beautiful and bright smile
trisol69
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February 03, 2014
May God's graces be with you as you step towards your dreams. Keep the faith and courage as you face new challenges in life. You will be off for great places and contribute to make the world a better place. With much love auntie valentine. Ps; don't ever loose your beautiful & bright smile :-)
dsagbo
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January 28, 2014
I am so proud of you Audrey... Your hard work and dedication is paying off, you are on your way up to the top. Keep up the good work Audrey. We love you and support you.
Beuz
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January 26, 2014
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“I’ll know a lot in advance,” Sagna said. “I’ll know what I can do to get ahead and things like that.”

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This is my favorite part of the article.

Keep going girl! You understand already that the level of preparedness makes a huge difference and is key to success.

So proud of you!
jfdiene
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January 25, 2014
Congratulation my dear niece. let continue on this way of excellence. Never forget that medicine is a priesthood, a bet on the human being. your life will be dedicated to take care of others. what a great mission!!! May God protects you and guides you on this way of nobility.

Tonton Jef
jacquelinewily
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January 25, 2014
I am proud of you Audrey. May God Bless you and be your guide throughout your career and goals.

Love you.

Tonton Francis
jacquelinewily
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January 25, 2014
Congratulations Audrey. Good luck and keep it up. God Bless you.

Love

Marie & Aline William
jacquelinewily
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January 25, 2014
I am so proud of Audrey. Knowing what she wants in the early age is a blessing. May Jesus helps her fulfill her dream and goal. You can do it.

Que l'Esprit Saint continue a t'eclairer et a te proteger. Que tu sois un exemple dans la famille, dans la communaute et dans le monde.

God Bless you.

Love you.

Tata Jacqueline
Olivia S. H.
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January 24, 2014
Congratulations. I hope your dreams come true. Yay!
Tata M.jeanne
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January 24, 2014
Outstanding!!!way to go baby so so proud of you,this the reason why we work so had as parents to pave the way, so that you guys can thrive for excelency ! Thank for the good news you made my day!!! Love you !!! Bisous
Tonton Papis
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January 23, 2014
Proud of you Audrey! Je suis très fière de toi. Félicitation et continue de toujours bien travailler. Au bout de l'effort tu trouveras toujours la récompense. Tu es un modèle pour tes frères et sœur et tes parents sont fières de toi. Bravo et du courage pour la suite! Je n'oublie pas de féliciter tes parents qui ont un très grand mérite dans ta réussite et de celle de tes frères et soeur. Era!!! Vivement que Patrick prenne le flambeau après Erica et Fred. Love u all from Canada.
Celineceric
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January 23, 2014
Watching you grow from a baby to the conscious girl you are today has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Audrey ,you are amazing and continue to be an inspiration for your siblings. You make us proud every day. Love from Mommy