Middleton Society Event a Chance to Show Appreciation
To honor the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s (SMPH) vital community of supporters, the school and the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association host the annual Middleton Society event.
In September, “An Evening of Appreciation” provided opportunities for students, faculty and donors to mingle at Madison’s iconic Monona Terrace.
School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden, MD, noted, “The Middleton Society represents our most loyal friends and supporters, and this event is our opportunity to thank you for your commitment to the SMPH and for your generous support of our work.”
Golden added, “Without your support, we would be known as a good school, but with your support, we will continue to be exceptional.”
This support allows the school to retain its most important faculty; recruit the best and brightest individuals from around the world; provide much-needed financial relief for students who are making a significant investment in their education; aid in cutting-edge research; and build facilities that house scientists and their laboratories, where medical breakthroughs take place, he said.
Many students were eager to highlight their work in the school’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD), MEDiC (student-run free clinics), Global Health Institute, Master of Public Health Program and Shapiro Summer Research Program, among others.
“It was an honor to discuss MEDiC with donors, many of whom personally knew Dr. Ted Goodfriend, the program’s founder,” shared second-year medical student Meagan Ladell. “I hope I will be able to contribute as much to the medical profession as the people I met at the Middleton Society event.”
Mario Ademaj, a second-year medical student, noted, “The physicians and their family members are truly remarkable. I enjoyed learning about their inspiring backgrounds and hearing stories of their journeys in medicine.”
Keynote speaker Paul Sondel, MD, PhD ’75, described efforts to immobilize the immune system to cure pediatric cancer. A world leader in pediatric oncology research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, he is the Reed and Carolee Walker Professor in Pediatric Oncology at the School of Medicine and Public Health. Sondel also introduced his former patient, Kelly Cotter, who shared the story of her diagnosis and treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia 25 years ago.
As the evening wrapped, Golden encouraged Middleton Society members to take time to visit School of Medicine and Public Health facilities, faculty members and students who benefit from the society’s support.
“This is an exciting time in our school’s history,” he concluded, “We want you to have the best seats in the house as witness to the tremendous progress we are making.”
Belzer and Bardeen Awards
At the Middleton Society event, Golden presented the Folkert Belzer Award to June Dahl, PhD, professor in the school’s Department of Neuroscience.
Golden described the award as recognizing Dahl’s lifetime achievements. It also honors the quality and significance of her academic impact, demonstration of excellence and value to the school.
The award is intended to recognize an individual who may be regarded as an “unsung hero” because of contributions extending over a prolonged period, as opposed to a singular academic achievement, he noted.
Dahl spent several years in basic science research before directing her attention to pain management. She was the chair of the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board and assisted with development of model guidelines for the use of opioid analgesics by the Federation of State Medical Boards.
For more than 20 years, she directed a network of state-based organizations aimed at pain relief. She has been involved in many educational and quality improvement efforts to make pain management a national priority. Dahl’s work with the Joint Commission resulted in pain assessment and management becoming part of the standards used to accredit the nation’s health care organizations.
Also at this event, several students received the Charles Bardeen Award, which recognizes fourth-year medical students who embody a combination of characteristics of outstanding physicians. The winners are Jennifer Ciske, Luke Lopas, Parker Hoerz, Lynn Frydrych and Michael Wauters.
This article appears in the fall 2013 issue of Quarterly.
Date Published: 11/18/2013