Kevin Ciriacks

My MCW Story

Full scholarship puts medical student on career path

Kevin Ciriacks, a Wauwatosa, Wis. native, chose MCW specifically because it was close to his family. He even went the early application route because it was where he wanted to go. “It’s the only place I applied and I would do it the same way all over again if I had the chance,” said Ciriacks.

Ciriacks received a V. Duane Rath Merit Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship given to medical students from Wisconsin who show promise to succeed. “When I opened the scholarship letter, I thought it was a joke.  When I realized it wasn’t, it felt like we had won the lottery” said Ciriacks. He added that he was extremely grateful for the support.

Ciriacks started medical school thinking he would build on his undergraduate work in athletic training and become an orthopedic surgeon.  But then he met a dermatologist who let him shadow in the clinic.  “I was hooked. There are such a range of conditions in patients of all ages.  Plus there’s a lot of variety in treatments from minor procedures to surgery. It’s a really exciting field to be in right now.”

Ciriacks is also interested in meeting the needs of the medically under-served.  He was a student manager for a clinic in Milwaukee’s inner-city for a year and now serves on an MCW Steering Committee. “I’m glad to play a role in helping to address the physician shortage in our state,” he said.

Ciriacks shared some of his secrets for success in balancing his time among school, service work and most importantly, his family -- a wife and three children, ages 3 years old and under.  “I’m very disciplined with my schedule and have learned to prioritize extremely well . . . and I have an amazing wife,” he said with a smile.

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