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Society leaders meet with
MCW students

Wisconsin Medical Society President Tim McAvoy, MD, and Past President George Lange, MD, FACP, shared their expertise with members of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) American Medical Association-Medical Student Section during AMA Week earlier this month. Society members Barbara Hummel, MD, Cynthiane Morgenweck, MD, and Charles Rainey, MD, JD, FCLM, also participated on a panel discussion about their experiences as practicing physicians along with Craig Young, MD, and Karen Brasel, MD, MPH.

During his presentation, Dr. McAvoy discussed how students could effectively advocate for issues on a state and national level as well as the current health care environment in Wisconsin. Students also heard from Dr. Lange, who discussed advance directives and the role of health care powers of attorney.

AMA Week was developed to help students maintain perspective during the sometimes overwhelming first two years of medical school. Students at MCW were given the opportunity to attend presentations and workshops about issues especially pertinent to them as future medical professionals.

Events ranged from a curriculum-vitae workshop to a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of private practice vs. academic medicine. The capstone event, Career Day, gave students the opportunity to meet with faculty and residents in each of the departments at MCW. Small-group sessions allowed for open dialogue about lifestyle, work environment and necessary steps to achieve a residency position in each specialty.

Society members interested in participating in next year’s AMA Week should e-mail John Paul Wanner or Jamie Schneider.

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