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Presidential Scholar awarded to Hippensteel

Release Date: April 21, 2011
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation named Joseph Hippensteel as its 2011 Presidential Scholar. A student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Hippensteel will receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist with his educational expenses.

Foundation President David Falk, MD, presented the award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. The Presidential Scholar Award recognizes a student entering his or her fourth year of medical school who has exemplified the attributes, skills and desire to become a leader in the medical profession in Wisconsin.

In addition to his academic excellence, Hippensteel has been an active member of the Wisconsin Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the Ethics Committee at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. He also served as coordinator of the student-run South Madison MEDiC free clinic, supervising volunteer medical, nursing, physical therapy and pharmacy students and working with attending physicians to care for underserved patients.

“While medical students usually are highly motivated, Joe’s level of motivation is ‘heads and shoulders’ above the average student, and he has the requisite energy to accomplish whatever he sets out to do,” wrote Don S. Schalch, MD, professor of medicine emeritus at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “Still, he is a humble person, leading by example and by inspiring other people, rather than by exhortation.”

The 2011 Presidential Scholar Award was presented in memory of former Society President Russell Lewis, MD, who passed away earlier this year.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization, works to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical and health education and statewide public health initiatives.

With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.