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Medical Student Presented with Prestigious Award from Wisconsin Medical Society

April 25, 2019 – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation presented Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) student Sierra Tackett with its 2019 Presidential Scholar award. The annual award is presented to students entering their fourth year of medical school who have demonstrated and exemplified the attributes, skills and desire to become a leader in the medical profession.

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Sierra Tackett currently serves on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Opioid Task Force and had previously served on the Committee on Legislation and Advocacy for the AMA-Medical Student Section. Through a Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Fellowship, she completed a pilot study which helped characterize the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) used by emergency physicians. Her efforts will help to establish best practices for the tool.

“The issue of opiate addiction is one that I intend to fight throughout my career,” said Tackett. She is highly interested in policy, advocacy and mentoring and plans to continue to work in health policy through her involvement with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.

Detailed in her letter of support for Tackett’s application MCW mentor Amy Zosel, MD, MSCS said that “Ms. Tackett is a motivated and caring medical student”. Further adding that “she understands the importance of local physician advocacy”.

For her achievement, Sierra Tackett was presented with an engraved award and a $3,000 scholarship to help pay for educational expenses.

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