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Medical College of Wisconsin student honored with Houghton Award

Release Date: April 10, 2014
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

Madison (April 10, 2014) – Michelle Miro Hofmeister, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), received the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Green Bay April 5-6.

A fourth-year medical student, Hofmeister “has distinguished herself with a superb academic record as well as significant contributions to the Wisconsin Medical Society and the AMA Medical Student Section,” said Richard L. Holloway, PhD, associate dean for student affairs at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Hofmeister participated in the Physician Scientist Pathway at MCW and served as co-president of the AMA-Medical Student Section and led the MCW Student caucus to prepare student delegates for the Wisconsin Medical Society Annual Meeting. In addition, she has served in several leadership positions with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Medicine group and as secretary of the Student Surgical Society.

Hofmeister is heading off to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to complete a residency in Family Medicine and plans to pursue a Masters of Public Health. She hopes to return to practice medicine in Wisconsin focusing on women’s health and public health.

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

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