Message For Scholars From Brittany Wenger, Age 18, Grand Prize Winner Of The 2012 Google Science Search

I am so excited to be one of the speakers at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, because, as cliché as it sounds, we are the future,

Everybody who’s sitting in that room has the potential to become a huge person in the medical field who’s really making the breakthroughs that can save lives.

To me, it’s exciting that this Congress is bringing us all together so that we can make those connections and truly get to meet some of the people that are going to be our colleagues for the rest of our lives.

I think medicine is such an exciting field, because it’s truly a field where you can make a difference. You can save lives, and you can engineer technologies and create treatments that are going to make the world better for all of us to live in.

Right now, especially, I think medicine is on the verge of one of the most exciting decades it’s ever going to have. You see, we live in this information age, and now, more than ever before, we as future researchers, as future doctors are going to be able to search and find whatever we want, so we can truly merge multiple disciplines and come up with innovative solutions to some of the field’s most pressing problems.

In addition, the world is connected like never before. So in terms of research, that means we can get results, we can lean about patients that are cross-continental, and that’s truly going to open the field to so many new discoveries.

I can’t wait to be able to come talk to you guys and meet you in person. My particular talk is going to be focused on passion, inspiration and perseverance, and how, if we come together as a community, we have the power to make some of the most exciting breakthroughs and to truly work together to create an exciting future for all of us to live in. I believe that through hard work, we could be the generation that finally finds the cures to cancers.

I can’t wait to meet you. I’m really looking forward to February.

By then, I will be a Duke freshman, and I’m going to be on the pre-medical track. So this especially is close to my heart because I’m a future medical leader as well. Anyways, I’ll see you soon.


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