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Medical College of Wisconsin student honored with Houghton Award

Release Date: April 24, 2012
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Erin Preloger, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was named as a recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2012 Houghton Award on April 20 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting.

A fourth-year medical student, Preloger was nominated by Richard L. Holloway, PhD, professor and associate chair of family medicine at the Medical College. She served as co-president of the American Medical Student Association, is an active member of the American Medical Association and co-chaired the Big Sib Little Sib program, which matches first-year students with second-year mentors.

Preloger received her bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and is relocating to Denver to serve her pediatric residency at the University of Colorado. She was elected by her peers to represent the third- and fourth-year classes in the Student Assembly at the Medical College, volunteered with the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured and participated in the MCW Muses, an annual reflection on the arts and medicine.

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 brothers referred to as “complete physicians” – those who excel in their knowledge of both the scientific and socioeconomic issues related to medicine. Rcipients receive 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 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 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.