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Medical College of Wisconsin student to receive Houghton Award

Release Date: April 1, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Wieman - 608.442.3765 jennifer.wieman@wismed.org

MADISON (April 1, 2016)–Kathryn Nix, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), will be honored with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison, April 2-3.

A fourth-year medical student from Racine, Nix has excelled academically and also has distinguished herself through many on- and off-campus activities related to health care policy. She has served as legislative chair of the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section at MCW. In addition, she has attended the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting and served on its Credentials Committee.

In her letter nominating Nix for this award, Associate Dean for Student Affairs Nancy Havas, MD, offered this recommendation:
“Kathryn’s activities demonstrate her commitment to tackling the critical health care policy issues which are the focus of national attention today,” Dr. Havas wrote. “They also speak to her dedication to the future of her profession.”

Nix will be staying in Wisconsin to complete her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology.

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, which includes $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, 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.

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.