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Presidential Scholar awarded to Ziebarth

Release Date: April 17, 2013
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

MADISON – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation has selected Stephanie Ziebarth, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, as the recipient of the 2013 Presidential Scholar Award. She will receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist with her educational expenses.

Foundation President David Falk, MD, presented the award April 13 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison. 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 her letter of recommendation, Tosha Wetterneck, MD, MS, FACP, the Society’s immediate past president, said: “Stephanie has a genuine interest in her patients and in improving health care. She has demonstrated sustained involvement in her community, in school and in organized medicine and exhibits qualities of a natural leader.”

Ziebarth, who is from Greendale, Wis., has been an active member of the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Dane County Medical Society. In addition to academic excellence, she volunteers with MEDiC, a student-run free clinic in Madison, and with the Doctors Ought to Care program, giving presentations at schools. She also spent a semester in Milwaukee through the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health program, studied public health and international gender issues in Germany and completed an internship with the State Parliament and State Ministry of Health in Germany.

Ziebarth intends to practice in Wisconsin upon completing her training to be close to her family. She is considering a career in family medicine or pediatrics and plans to continue her interest in health policy and public health by combining research and/or teaching with her practice.

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 12,000 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.