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Medical College of Wisconsin student honored with Houghton Award

Release Date: April 17, 2013
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

MADISON – Madeline Streitz Pokorney, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was honored with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2013 Houghton Award on April 13 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting.

A fourth-year medical student, Pokorney was nominated by Richard L. Holloway, PhD, professor and associate chair of family medicine at MCW. She has been active in the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Medical Student Section, serving as legislative chair and representing MCW at the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference. She also has participated in regional legislative meetings and at the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting.

In addition, Pokorney has been active in school service and leadership, including serving as co-president of the Psychiatry Interest Group, a representative to the Clinical Student Issues Committee and a member of the American Medical Women’s Association. She has excelled academically in MCW’s Master Clinician Pathway, volunteers at the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured and served as chair of Saturday Clinic’s Board that oversees weekly operations. Pokorney, who is from Duluth, Minnesota, plans to pursue a career in pediatrics.

The Houghton Award was established by Doctors John H. and William J. Houghton in the 1960s to honor medical students who show promise for becoming what the two brothers referred to as “complete physicians” – those who excel in their knowledge of both the scientific and socioeconomic issues related to medicine. One recipient at each of the two Wisconsin medical schools receives the award and a check for $1,000 each year.

John H. Houghton, MD, who was a general practitioner in Wisconsin Dells, was president of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin (now called the Wisconsin Medical Society) from 1965 to 1966. William J. Houghton, MD, who was also active in the Society, was a general surgeon in Milwaukee.

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 more than 12,000 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.