Matthew Fox, incoming senior at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, has been selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Raleigh, N.C.
Fox will join with outstanding young scholars from around the globe who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and potential and interest in a career in medicine.
Fox, the son of Renee and Brett Talbott, of Buckhannon, and Jerry Fox, of Greenville, S.C., and was nominated by Cheryl Poling, a teacher at B-UHS.
Throughout the 10-day forum, students will be introduced to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice. The sessions also will include visits to medical facilities and clinics.
Fox will participate in a simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students will be presented with a fictional patient's history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.
In addition to visiting cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, Fox will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical field. He will be able to engage personally with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators as he views these professionals at work.
Dr. Marguerite C. Regan, NYLF dean of academic affairs, said by shadowing key personnel, these students will have a great opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on a medical career.
"Each student may very well be the face of the future of medicine," Regan said. "The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine creates a virtual classroom with hospital, clinical facilities and health care professionals."
In addition to participating in this national forum, Fox was selected to participate in the 75th American Legion Mountaineer Boys' State. He was selected as mayor of the Kanawha Cottage and was a member of the American Legion Mountaineer Boys' State Band.
As a student at B-UHS, Fox is a section leader of the Pride of Upshur County B-UHS band, HI-Y member, Youth in Government participant, chess champion, volunteer and a past member of the tennis team.
As a HI-Y member, he participated in Youth in Government in Charleston where his bill was selected to be presented to the governor. Fox is a high school division champion in the recent Make a Difference Chess Tournament in Upshur County.
He is a 12-year member of the Post 31 Sons of the American Legion and an active volunteer with local senior citizens. He plans to attend Shepherd University after graduation.