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School board honors student for time in Boston at medical summit

Posted: August 13, 2016 - 11:02pm
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Taliah Moring, 17, spent a week in Boston at a youth medical summit.  Photo by Abbigail Lennon
Photo by Abbigail Lennon
Taliah Moring, 17, spent a week in Boston at a youth medical summit.

The Columbia County Board of Education recognized Grovetown High School senior Taliah Moring on Tuesday for attending an international youth medical summit in Boston during the summer.

For one week, Moring, 17, joined 200 high school juniors and seniors from all across the world at Brandeis University, learning about modern science, medicine and technological innovations in the health care fields.

Moring said she learned about a great need for doctors and nurses and was impressed with learning how far the practice of medicine has come in its history.

“We’ve come so far, we used to bleed people, just let them bleed to help them, and knock them out by hitting them for anaesthesia,” Moring said. “Now we have all of this technology and it’s a whole lot better. It’s safer and cleaner.”

Moring added that technology has also helped the advancement of medicine.

“Like the Davinci Robot. It’s this robot that does laparoscopic surgery. It has a camera and then you’re on the robot and the robot is on the human, so it’s actually a minimally invasive surgery that leaves less scarring and it’s better for people,” Moring said.

With ambitions to be­­come a surgeon and one day work for the World Health Organization, Moring says her passion for helping others grew from an interest in science.

“The medicine part came along when I took this intro to health care class last year and it really taught me about how important medicine is and how much we need health care professionals in the world,” Moring said. “I would really like to be a part of that to help people and make the world a better and fairer place.”

Moring’s participation in the summit took her all over the city of Boston, which she said was her favorite part.

It also put her in touch with medical students at the prestigious Harvard University, where she gleaned some insight into pursuing a career in medicine.

“One thing I found shock­ing was that a lot of the people had taken a gap year between undergrad and medical school,” Moring said. “It’s very competitive to get into medical school and so they said taking a gap year was just better to get rested and then when they apply to med school everything would just be easier.”

Moring said the summit involved a very busy schedule that included researching and presenting a group project.

“The project was due on day four of the trip so we narrowed our topic down on day two and our topic was using decellularization and stem cell generation to reduce rejection in heart transplants,” Moring
said.

“That means finding out how can you change the cells in the heart so that when it’s in another body, that body won’t reject it.”

Moring said her group researched past studies on the topic that used kidney transplants in rats.

“We were with a second-year medical student, she was our mentor so she was able to help us out and we went to a lot of lectures and things that told us how to present our project and what the layout should be,” Moring said.

After her experience at the summit, Moring said she plans to use what she learned to help her chart her course for college as she begins her senior year.

“Now I know more of what I want to focus on. So this year I will be taking essentials in allied heatlh care to really narrow down what I want to do,” Moring said.

“I also know what I need to do for undergrad, like do more internships and things and so that really helped me to know exactly what I need to do for what I want to do.”

Moring’s family attended the board meeting Tuesday for her recognition.

“We are super proud,” said Moring’s father Radi Moring. “They say it takes a village to raise a child and we appreciate everyone who chipped in and helped her fundraising effort and helped us raise next generation’s medical community.”

Moring says she hopes to attend either Brandeis Uni­versity, University of Georgia, Clemson Uni­versity or Mercer University.

She plans to pursue biochemistry for her undergraduate degree.

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