Rising Senior Selected for Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine

Brandeis University recently announced that Zoe Fort ’17 will represent AGS and the state of Georgia at the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine.

“The next generation of health care providers will practice in an environment hard to imagine just a few years ago. Leading-edge science is rapidly changing the daily practice of health care” said Steven Goldstein, MA, MD, PhD, FAAP, chairman of the Global Youth Summit at Brandeis University; and former chair of pediatrics and physician-in-chief of the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. “We are in the midst of the most significant and fundamental change in health care delivery in our lifetime and young people who start now will be the future leaders in the field of medicine.”

Aligned with Brandeis’ elite admissions standards, only students with exceptional academic records and test scores as well as documented interest in a medical or health career were invited to apply. Out of the hundreds of outstanding applicants, Fort is one of only 200 delegates selected for the program. According to Andrew Flagel, senior vice president for students and enrollment at Brandeis, “The delegation comes from across the country and around the world. I am very proud to be welcoming this incredibly talented, diverse, and passionate group of young leaders to Brandeis.”

Delegates to the Summit will gain unique, behind-the-scenes insight into the dynamic world of health care through experiential learning, guest lectures and networking opportunities with leaders and innovators in the global medical community in order to build upon their already significant abilities and chart their path to becoming leaders in medicine.

“Soon it will be routine to order the complete map of each patient’s genome, and the staggering potential of truly personalized medical treatments for both chronic and acute illnesses will be in our hands, as will be the responsibility for handling this powerful information in an ethical manner,” Goldstein explains. “Brandeis is at the forefront of exploring these issues, and part of our distinctive mission is to produce leaders to repair the world.”

Delegates will hear from prominent Brandeis faculty members including fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and medical researchers and innovators. The Summit’s keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr. Elazer Edelman, Director of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center and Dr. John Lawrence, Vice President, U.S. Board of Directors, Doctors without Borders. A full list of speakers can be found at www.brandeis.edu/youthsummit/speakers.html.

About Brandeis University

Ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the list’s inception, Brandeis University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college. For students, this means unsurpassed access — both in and out of the classroom — to a faculty renowned for groundbreaking research, scholarship and artistic output.

Located in suburban Boston, Brandeis supports a program of learning that emphasizes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems. Undergraduates, from the very first year, enjoy leadership positions and exceptional research opportunities. Alumni pursue careers in a wide array of fields, and advanced studies in the nation’s leading graduate and professional schools.

Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is the only university in the United States founded by the Jewish community as a non-sectarian, multi-cultural institution, welcoming students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs. Named for the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis, who stood for the rights of individuals, Brandeis University was founded in the belief that, through acquiring and sharing knowledge throughout our lives, we can work together to repair the world.