Attending the Global Youth Summit will open your eyes to a new world of possibilities — you will be joining a group of elite student leaders from around the world to explore emerging issues and develop your leadership through experiences like no other. You will network and connect with both distinguished medical professionals and high-achieving peers and medical students. You will also both explore the different career opportunities available within the medical field and the historic city of Boston. By the end of the Summit, you will develop skills necessary for a career in medicine and gain access to a wide network of Summit alumni!

You will have the opportunity to...

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Doctors at Lahey Hospital chatting with Delegates over lunch

Connect and network with nationally recognized physicians and medical professionals.

All speakers invited to the Summit are at the cutting-edge of medical research and are selected to reflect contemporary medical trends and interests of delegates. You will have the chance to interact with these speakers as well as with medical professionals at the various medical institutions in the Boston area that you will visit.

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Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins walks students through Huntington's Disease Lab

Conduct experiments with Brandeis faculty in Brandeis labs
Brandeis Professor of Biology Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins will guide you through an undergraduate level Project Lab. In this year's Bio Lab, Delegates studied the behavioral effects of Huntington's disease in fruit flies. Students anesthetized a fly with carbon dioxide, conducted a brain dissection, and designed a behavioral assay to observe what happens in flies expressing Huntington's Disease. Before the lab, you'll attend a two-hour lecture on professional lab protocol to get you up to speed to college-level lab life!
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Delegates practicing CPR at the Lahey Hospital Simulation Lab

Explore the world of healthcare through a diverse array of specializations and fields.

You will learn from both medical professionals and elite medical students who understand the different paths in the medical field. From global health and internal medicine to public policy and academic research, you'll be exposed to the vast and exciting world of 21st century healthcare. You may find a new career path that you hope to pursue.

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Faculty Mentors guide students through their S21 Symposium research and the Problem-Based Learning Curriculum.

Learn with Medical School Students
You'll receive 26 hours of curriculum-based learning with local medical school students from Boston University, Harvard, Tufts and UMass using first-year medical school methodologies. They're not just your instructors, they're your mentors - sharing their personal experiences in the medical field and helping you discover your passion.  With a 16:1 average group size, you've got plenty of space and time to truly get to know one another.
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Delegates present at the S21 Symposium

Hone your science research and public speaking skills at the S21 Symposium

You’ll have seven days to create a professional research proposal and concept poster that meets undergraduate-level protocol. At the Solutions for the 21st Century (S21) Symposium, you will have the opportunity to present your week of research to an auditorium of your peers and to a panel of medical and policy professionals. 

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Three students during a scavenger hunt in Boston

Learn from the different perspectives of student peers from around the world.

The Summit is committed to recruiting a diverse population of delegates, with representation from over 30 states, and from countries across the world. Each year, approximately 20% of our delegates are international students. In 2018, the Summit saw applicants from over 40 countries. The field of medicine is an increasingly global one, with cutting-edge medical thinkers around the world, and you will be able to experience global perspectives by interacting with international students and hearing their insights.

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Delegates strike a pose outside Quincy Market

Experience the excitement of Boston.

Through site visits, an oceanside breakfast at the New England Aquarium, a citywide scavenger hunt, and dinner out at Faneuil Hall, you will become better acquainted with Boston and its unique culture.

The Village dorm at Brandeis
Prepare for college by living and learning in a campus community.

You will delve into stimulating scientific concepts in a college classroom during an evening of "Doc Talks" with top Brandeis faculty. Living in college residence halls alongside your peers, you'll learn how to work closely with them in an intellectually challenging environment.