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UW School of Medicine and Public Health student honored with Houghton Award

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

MADISON – Sean M. Duffy, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), was honored with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2013 Houghton Award on April 13 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting.

A fourth-year medical student from Milwaukee, Duffy was nominated by Chris Stillwell, director of student services at UWSMPH. “His (Duffy’s) academic achievements, dedication to health care and strong desire to make a contribution to his community (local and global) certainly show him to be well on his way to becoming the ‘complete physician’ described by this award’s namesake,” Stillwell said in his nomination.

In addition to his academic excellence, Duffy has been active in Allied United for Health, as the community resource coordinator for the MEDiC network of student-run free clinics and in other leadership and volunteer activities. He also served as co-president of the Global Health Interest Group at UWSMPH and took a leave of absence last year to help start a community medicine clinic in Guatemala as a volunteer with the non-profit organization Common Hope.

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 two brothers referred to as “complete physicians” – those who excel in their knowledge of both the scientific and socioeconomic issues related to medicine. One recipient at each of the two Wisconsin medical schools receives the award and a check for $1,000 each year.

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 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 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.