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Presidential Scholar awarded to Rathinavelu

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

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation presented Senthil Rathinavelu, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with the 2012 Presidential Scholar Award. He will receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist with his educational expenses.

Foundation President David Falk, MD, presented the award April 20 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. The Presidential Scholar Award recognizes 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.

In addition to his academic excellence, Rathinavelu has been an active member of the Wisconsin Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of Milwaukee County. He also volunteers with the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured, Big Sib Little Sib program, which mentors first-year students with second-year mentors, and other organizations. Rathinavelu has a passion for teaching and hopes to include it in his career, whether as a primary care physician educating patients or being involved with medical students and residents, or as an academic professor.

“I believe Senthil will be a great leader in our organization and in medicine in Wisconsin,” said Barbara Hummel, MD, in her letter of recommendation. Doctor Hummel is vice chair of the Society’s Board of Directors.

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.