MCW Alumni News

2012 Stories

Students seasoned for science

A record number of students participated this year in the Medical College’s Medical Student Summer Research Program, which pairs first- and second-year students with a faculty mentor for a laboratory-based research experience. The program gives future doctors perspective on how new discoveries are translated into the tools and treatments of tomorrow.

Telemedicine expands access to care

Gaining access to appropriate medical care can be difficult for patients limited by geography, disability or specialist availability. Alumni are engaging telemedicine in a number of creative ways to serve patients in the U.S. and internationally through distance technologies that allow for video conferencing, remote exams, diagnostics and follow-up care.

Archivist pays attention to history

In becoming the Medical College of Wisconsin’s archivist, Dr. Walter Gager combines his interest in historical research, his writing and his alumni roots. His volunteer efforts are helping preserve the unique heritage of the Medical College and its faculty, staff and students.

Rosenberg puts women, children first

A pioneer and an advocate for women professionals, child psychiatrist Dr. Lucille Rosenberg was instrumental in providing a model for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s popular Women in Science initiative.

Author speaks on paralysis

A guest of the Medical Humanities Program, alumnus Dr. Jon Mukand returned to the College to read from his latest book, which features his rehabilitation research and individual victories over paralysis.

Classes support scholarships

Alumni who celebrated reunions in 2012 gave a combined $773,340 to the Medical College in class gifts. In addition, reunion-year alumni have made planned giving commitments totaling more than $3 million this year.

Saturday Clinic adds kids

The Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured, a joint venture of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Columbia St. Mary’s, has expanded its services to include pediatric patients.

Scientists aided by careers tool

A new, interactive career planning tool has been developed by a Medical College of Wisconsin faculty member and alumnus, along with other U.S. collaborators.

Alumni golfers help students

Now in its 18th year, the annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Classic is a popular way for former graduates to assist students with the cost of tuition.

Getting Out Alive 12 Fall-Winter

Comic strip series from Theresa Maatman, MD '11

Alumni Notes 12 Fall-Winter

Professional and personal accomplishments and activities of Medical College of Wisconsin alumni

In Memoriam 12 Fall-Winter

Obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni

Cardiologist propels field forward

Upon concluding an inspiring term as President of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. David Holmes was honored by another group of peers as he was named the 2012 Medical School Alumnus of the Year. For more than three decades, Dr. Holmes has served as a consummate clinician, mentor, investigator, innovator and leader in cardiology at the Mayo Clinic and its College of Medicine.

Alumnus, wife are Starrs to Guatemala

After a rewarding career as a general surgeon, Dr. Clifford Starr determined he still had more to give. He and his wife have since journeyed on 17 medical mission trips to rural Guatemala to serve displaced people with little access to care. For his humble generosity, he has received the 2012 alumni Humanitarian Award.

MCW like family for honored alumna

Dr. Victoria Vollrath’s contributions to the Medical College have comprised nearly every form and function but always with her fullest level of commitment. She has earned the 2012 alumni Distinguished Service Award for her extensive involvement with her alma mater.

Dermatologist new alumni leader

Dermatologist and Alumni Association President Dr. Kathleen Stokes encourages alumni to follow her example and discover an opportunity to lead in service of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Volunteer named Honorary Alumna

Linda T. Mellowes, dedicated community volunteer and Medical College of Wisconsin trustee, has been named an Honorary Alumna.

Global health opportunities grow

The John M. Kohler Foundation has given $250,000 to the Medical College of Wisconsin Global Health Program in memory of Dr. Elaine Kohler, a former associate professor of pediatrics and fellow alumna.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

Seniors celebrate Match Day

Graduating medical students were matched to their residency positions via the National Residency Matching Program on March 16. Of the 202 fourth-year medical students at the Medical College, 196 students obtained first-year residency positions on Match Day.

Students receive alumni scholarships

Medical students receive scholarships from the Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association.

Getting Out Alive 12 Summer

Comic strip series from Theresa Maatman, MD '11

Alumni Notes 12 Summer

Professional and personal accomplishments and activities of Medical College of Wisconsin alumni

Curriculum takes evolutionary steps

This upcoming year will mark an important milestone in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s commitment to providing students with the tools and training they need to become outstanding physicians in their field of choice. In alignment with the latest standards and best practices nationwide, the Medical College is introducing its Discovery Curriculum, which will be implemented for the Class of 2016.

Putting communities first

Most physicians, by virtue of their profession, play an important role in helping communities thrive. Among them are a certain few whose dedication to community is pronounced by the environment in which they practice and the patient populations they serve. For these alumni, the health of communities is paramount.

Dean embraces role at alma mater

Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner recently became the third alumnus of the medical school to be named its Dean and the first in history with a Medical College of Wisconsin diploma. In a new interview, he discusses his path to this leadership role, his ideas and motivations, and his thoughts on alumni engagement.

Physician founds Honduran monastery

After practicing pediatrics for more than a decade, Dr. Beth Blodgett left her career, her homeland and even her name to care for the needy in Honduras through monastic service as the recently professed Sister Alegría.

PhD follows success for inventor

Noted biomedical inventor and academician Dr. Melvin Siedband found semi-retirement to be the perfect time to earn his PhD in biophysics.

Alumnus profile - Jean-Bernard Durand

A faculty member at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, alumnus Dr. Jean-Bernard Durand conducts novel research on the connections between chemotherapy and damage to the cardiovascular system.

Olson bequest creates radiology chair

The estate of the late Dr. Robert and Patricia Olson has funded the Robert C. Olson, MD Chair in Radiology, which will focus on enhancing the department’s education program for medical students, residents, fellows and practitioners.

Psychiatrist returns to service

After eight years in the U.S. Army and four deployments during which he cared for the mental health of fighting forces overseas, Dr. Michael McBride renewed his commitment to the men and women of the military, this time, with the Navy.

Caring for soldiers’ vision

Alumnus Dr. Randall Beatty is serving as the ophthalmic consultant for Afghanistan at the theatre trauma center at Bagram Air Field.

Getting Out Alive 12 Spring

Comic strip series from Theresa Maatman, MD

Alumni Notes 12 Spring

Professional and personal accomplishments and activities of Medical College of Wisconsin alumni

In Memoriam 12 Spring

Obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni

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