Senior Vanessa Lares was a presenting panelist at the Pediatrics 2040 Conference: Emerging Trends and Innovations for the Next 25 Years. Held at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA. from January 6 – 9, 2016, Ms. Lares was featured on a panel of future medical innovators. The panel addressed questions regarding the future of medicine, the issues faced in medicine today, and how she, as a future medical innovator, plans to fix them.
Vanessa interned this past summer at Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC), through their Medical Intelligence and Innovation summer internship. A group of 30 interns ranged from high school students to those nearing the end of medical school. Overseen by cardiologist Dr. Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, Lares shadowed leading physicians in cardiology and neurology all summer. She had the opportunity to make rounds with the doctors, visiting patients and their families. Near the end of the summer, interns delivered an hour long presentation on the subject of nano medicine, medical devices, and more. In addition to her daily activities, she was given the opportunity to visit the largest genetics lab on the west coast, Illumina.
Dr. Chang and his team reached out to Lares when they were setting up the Conference panelists, inviting her to participate in this national symposium for pediatric professionals. Said Lares, “the invitation I received from Dr. Chang came as a huge surprise because I would never have imagined, at just seventeen, to be presenting at a medical conference with leading physicians, geneticists, data analysts, and surgeons from across the globe.”