Medical School

Feel the Berns

Ryan Berns

Quick bio for those of you who are interested:

berns0I grew up in Oak Creek, WI (near Milwaukee) and then studied at UW-Madison where I completed my undergraduate Biology and Master of Public Health degrees. Honestly, I thought I was going to be in Madison for all of my foreseeable future, but fate has a funny way of letting you know that it is time to move on to bigger and better things – for me the bigger and better thing was MCW-GB.

Being a Wisconsin native and a true Wisconsinite through and through I knew that I wanted to pursue my medical education in the state – but up until last summer there were only two options – UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health and MCW-Milwaukee. With the opening of MCW-GB, the first new medical school campus in the state in more than 100 years, I now had another opportunity to stay in state for my medical education and MCW-GB quickly became my top choice. What I loved most about MCW-GB was the “Physician in the Community Pathway”. I have always been passionate about population health and disease prevention and I truly believe that the best way to prevent disease is by promoting the health of the community since were we live, learn, work, and play has such a profound impact on health. The Physician in the Community Pathway has allowed me to link my medical education to health promotion efforts in the community.

For those of you who are avid readers of this blog (and even those who are not) you probably already know that med school is hard and that we are insanely busy with school and what not, but we still make time to do fun things outside the classroom – partly to keep us sane and motivated for our classes. This past week we had a surgeon come in on behalf of the Student Surgical Society to teach us how to suture. In my opinion, what ensued was nothing short of an epic night full of sewing injured bananas back together. Fruit trauma surgery is not for everyone, but there were also volunteer opportunities, birthday celebrations, and the Wilderness Medical Society’s 1st annual snowshoe trip up in Door County. Although there was not much snow – actually almost none – we still enjoyed the beautiful hike on the coast of Lake Michigan in Cave Point Town Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park.

Lastly, there is always intermural sports, weight lighting (the PUMP), three-ball, and good old-fashioned friends and family to keep you sane during medical school.

Whatever you do during your time in medical school, make sure that you take time to regularly do things that you enjoy because truthfully you can’t put life on hold for medical school and all of your experiences will only enhance your medical education.

Good luck to all of the future applicants – I can’t wait to meet you and welcome the class of 2019 into our MCW-GB family!

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