Monica Stout, MD ’15, learned a lot from her grandfather, Dr. Thomas Prier, and it was ultimately the memory of him, and the many, many lives he helped during his career, that led her to medicine.
“I was very close to my grandfather growing up, and I remember hanging out in his back office with my sister while he saw patients and my Mom worked on billing,” Monica said of Dr. Prier, who was a pediatrician in the Milwaukee area and a 1952 graduate of the Marquette University School of Medicine. “He died when I was in the 6th grade, and he had the biggest funeral I have ever seen – just an incredible number of people were there. I remember thinking at the time that he must have touched a lot of lives. In college when I was trying to figure out majors and graduate school, I ended up thinking a lot about him and how many people I could help if I were a physician like he was. So I switched career paths from physical therapy to pre-med and never really looked back.”
Her pursuit of a medical degree led her to the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she graduated in 2015. Monica is thankful for the experiences she had during those four years.
“I look back fondly at the number of interests we were able to pursue at MCW. I especially appreciated all the opportunities to expand my artistic side with the Center for Bioethics/Medical Humanities faculty and staff!” she said. “I also am thankful for my clinical rotations at the Milwaukee VA, which developed my passion for veterans’ healthcare.”
Monica is now doing a residency in family practice in the Fox Valley Residency Program. She said the decision to do her residency there was easy because it “just felt like home.”
“Everyone in the Fox Valley Residency Program was so incredibly nice during the interview process, and they were genuinely interested in me and what I could bring to the residency. And of course, as I am planning on doing a geriatrics fellowship after residency, the geriatrics training was essential in a program, and Fox Valley's training looked very good on paper.” she said.
Monica continues to pursue opportunities that will help her to be an effective, caring and well-rounded physician – just like her grandfather. Dr. Prier definitely would be proud.
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