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The Museum has been monitoring the recommended guidelines in connection with COVID-19. In light of the pandemic, this year’s summit will be delivered virtually. The ability to use virtual technology will enable us to make the program more widely accessible. While the main program will be limited to high-school students, we are making some of the sessions available to a general audience.
Now in its 11th year, the Global Teen Medical Summit is an incredible opportunity for high-school students with an interest in health and medicine to explore the role of innovation and technology in solving global health challenges. Over the years, the program has grown to include project-based learning. Not only do participants learn about cutting-edge technology that is revolutionizing medicine, but they also have the opportunity to develop prototypes of their own.
Traditionally, the program is held at The Health Museum in Houston, Texas, and consists of presentations, behind-the-scenes-tours of the Texas Medical Center, social activities, access to the Museum and its exhibits, and sessions dedicated to the project-based components.
We are experiencing the quintessential global health challenge in real-time. While we are unable to host the Summit in its original format, we've decided to move forward virtually to bring researchers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs together to talk about the ways in which they're working behind the scenes and on the front lines to address the challenge at hand. Special guests for this year's summit include Dr. Umair Shah, Harris County Public Health, and Sabrina Sholts, Curator of Biological Anthropology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; UTMB Drs. Elise Smith and Jeff Farroni; Dr. Scott Weaver, Chair of the UTMB Department of Microbiology and Immunology; and Dr. Cara Pennel, Ph.D., MPH.
This year’s virtual format will consist of daily speaker sessions, student challenges, and opportunities to socialize with other students in the program. Mandatory sessions will take place Monday – Friday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Optional sessions will be offered throughout the week in the afternoons and evenings for those students who wish to participate.
This year’s full program is limited to 100 students. The registration fee is $35. To reserve a space in this year’s program, register here.
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First and foremost, thank you for all that you do! At The Health Museum, we know that it’s been an exceptionally challenging time for the education community. As a part of this year’s Summit, we will host a special session for educators. This session will cover some of our favorite resources for teaching about microbiology and epidemiology across grade levels as well as best practices in virtual education.
If you would like to receive information about this year’s special session for educators, please complete this registration. By registering through this link, you will also be able to access sessions made available to the general public. Click here to register for the educator sessions.
COVID-19 has affected us all. Having access to reliable information enables us all to make more informed decisions about how we will navigate day-to-day decisions during the pandemic. For that reason, we will be opening up several information sessions to the general public. Click here to register.
These sessions will be made available free-of-charge. Please consider supporting our mission in the community by:
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Classes for this year's digital Global Teen Medical Summit are free of charge. Please consider a donation to support our efforts to deliver virtual programming despite the pandemic and support The Health Museum's vision to empower healthier living.
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