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MADISON (April 17, 2018) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation has named Medical College of Wisconsin student Kieran McAvoy its 2018 Presidential Scholar. McAvoy received the prestigious award from Foundation President Claudia Reardon, MD, during the Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison on April 13.
Funded by current and past leaders of the Wisconsin Medical Society, the award is presented annually to 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. This year, the award was given in honor of past Wisconsin Medical Society president, Pauline Jackson, MD.
McAvoy, who received an engraved award and a $3,000 scholarship to assist with educational expenses, serves on the Government Relations Committee for the Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, where she helps advocate for the clinics that serve Wisconsin’s most vulnerable patients. She is also an active member of the Wisconsin Medical Society, having served as a student representative on the Board of Directors, and was elected to represent 55,000 medical students as a member of the Governing Council of the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section. Through these positions, she has helped shape health policy at both the state and national levels. Her volunteer activities are numerous, including leading healthy living sessions for children attending the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee summer camp through the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Prescription for a Healthy You program.
“She [Kieran] is a shining example of an outstanding medical professional who goes above and beyond to serve her community, profession and the patients,” said Wisconsin Medical Society President Noel Deep, MD, in his letter of support for McAvoy’s application. “She exemplifies the picture of an ideal physician. I have high hopes for her that in the future she will turn out to be a wonderful, accomplished, compassionate and caring physician.”
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 12,500 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.