Megan Mohnen

My MCW Story: Megan Mohnen

Scholarship recipient gives back in the community

When second-year medical student Megan Mohnen told her mother she wanted to go to medical school, the first question out of her mother’s mouth was,

“‘How are you going to pay for it?’  Mohnen’s answer: “I don’t know, but this is something I really want to do.”

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  Mohnen was awarded the Medical College of Wisconsin's (MCW) V. Duane Rath Merit Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship awarded to a Wisconsin resident who has "demonstrated outstanding potential for success in medical school."

“I was shocked when I got it.  It was a huge load off knowing that I had this support,” said Mohnen. “Having MCW invest in me like that, knowing that the school is behind me is a great feeling,” she says.

“MCW is so homey.  When I interviewed here, it felt like they were more interested in me as a person and what kind of doctor I would be to my patients than just my grades. And with the scholarship support, I thought hands-down, I’m going to MCW,” said Mohnen, a Clintonville, Wis., native.

And when she arrived, she decided she wanted to give back. She joined MCW’s “Big Sib/Lil Sib” program, which matches seasoned med students with incoming first year students.

The mentoring atmosphere extends to faculty teachers at MCW.

“The message from my mentor was, ‘You know more than you think,’ and that made a big difference,” Mohnen said.

Her work is also creating a broader impact on patient care.  For her scholarly project, she developed a model to screen for depression in Type 2 diabetes patients.

“We’re right up there with Harvard and Yale -- it’s cutting edge research but with a small town feel,” said Mohnen. “MCW is a great place to learn and grow as a person as well as a doctor”.


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