Alumni Enjoy Night Out at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Modern and contemporary art provided a stimulating environment for the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association’s (WMAA) annual Winter Event on February 8.
More than 100 University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) alumni, faculty members, students, friends and relatives gathered at the enchanting Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) to socialize, view the art and enjoy contemporary American cuisine from Fresco, the museum’s roof-top restaurant.
Second-year medical student Matt Bobel attended this year, as well as last year’s Winter Event at the Chazen Museum of Art.
“I was happy that both events were held at Madison cultural centers that I had not yet visited. Both were on my Madison bucket list,” he says.
The event centers on the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association’s commitment to engage alumni and medical students in activities that build and maintain lifetime relationships.
It highlighted the new Medical Student Ambassador Program (MSAP), which fosters opportunities for medical students to develop relationships with School of Medicine and Public Health alumni through tours, volunteering and more. Ambassadors helped host the event.
“The Winter Event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with SMPH alumni," says medical student ambassador Nikki Kamps, a second-year student in the MD Program at the School of Medicine and Public Health. "Many of them were eager to hear about our lives as medical students today and share insights they have gained as practicing physicians.”
UW School of Medicine and Public Health alumna and Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association board member Sandra Osborn, MD ’70, adds “We encourage medical students to attend our events so they begin to feel a part of the alumni association as they are studying and advancing toward graduation. We also hope it gives them an opportunity to talk with us and get a perspective on what it’s like to be a practicing physician. We consider ourselves a family, and we want them to feel included as members.”
By Andrea Larson
This article appears in the spring 2013 issue of Quarterly.
Date Published: 07/08/2013