Having been through four surgeries and several broken bones, 15-year-old Jesse Coleman has already spent a considerable amount of time around doctors. So much so, he has decided to become one.
“I especially want to work with athletes,” said the hopeful orthopedic surgeon. “It stinks to have to sit out. I want to help them get back to the way they were playing and just get them going again.”
Because of his academic achievement, leadership potential and interest in the field of medicine, Coleman was nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. from February 12-14. He will represent Arlington High School, where he is a sophomore.
Jesse first broke his arm in sixth grade, then broke it again a few months later. Just two days after getting his cast off, he broke his thumb…and then broke it again. This June, Jesse broke his hand. He has had hernia surgery, an appendectomy, and this summer, had surgery to remove two plates and eight screws from his arm. The arm got infected, and he needed surgery again.
“He has done such a good job on keeping a good attitude with all of this,” said Nicole Coleman, his mom. “He’s missed several sports seasons because of his injuries…That’s why he’s so interested in medicine.”
Coleman attended Findlay schools from kindergarten through ninth grade until moving to Arlington. His mother said since fifth grade, he has been in gifted or advanced programming at school. Jesse plays basketball for Arlington and plans to play baseball in the spring. He is also active in the New Life Assembly of God Youth Group.
During the Congress, Coleman will join students from across the country. He’ll receive advice from teen medical science prodigies and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school. Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners will talk about leading medical research, and the students will learn about the future of medicine.
His mother and father, James, will join him on the trip.
“At the conference I would like to be positive of what I’m going to pursue when I go to college and what medical field I want to go into,” Jesse said. “I am really excited. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”