The mission of the University of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association is to cultivate relationships with alumni and students to support and strengthen the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

The Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association is a leader in serving the needs of the medical school, alumni, students and faculty. The Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association is governed by a board of directors, which consists of 25 alumni with balanced representation from four Wisconsin districts.

The Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association began in 1956 with Kenneth Lemmer, MD '50, named as its first president. Its rich history at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health includes implementing many programs that have cultivated many lasting friendships.

Message from the executive director

Greetings medical alumni and friends of our school! As I reflect on the success of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association over the past year, I realize that many of our accomplishments would not have been possible without the generosity of our school’s alumni and friends.

Karen Peterson
Karen Peterson, Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association director

Your gifts of time, talent and money are the lifeblood of our organization, and I share a heartfelt thank you to all who have helped. These gifts help ensure that students have an excellent experience during their time at the School of Medicine and Public Health. On behalf of our students, who often face an overwhelming debt load to attend medical school, we thank all of you who have established scholarships.

For example, Mrs. Gunvor Sommerhaug of California—on behalf of her husband, the late Rolf Sommerhaug, MD, of the class of ’64—generously funded scholarships for four medical students. The Sommerhaugs’ gift made a huge difference for these students, who shared their gratefulness with her through letters.

During the fall semester, the medical alumni association hosts many exciting events and programs—including Operation Education and the Stethoscope Program—aimed at providing opportunities for medical students to connect with alumni and faculty members. These events, at which practicing physicians share their wealth of knowledge, are vital to helping medical students plan their academic, research and community service activities as they work to fulfill their dreams of becoming doctors and health-related researchers. Your participation in these activities makes an enormous impact for students.

The medical alumni association staff and I look to the future with enthusiasm, as we plan more opportunities for students to interact with former graduates, and for alumni to rekindle friendships with each other. To learn more about our upcoming programs and events, including how to share your knowledge and time with students, please visit our events and programs page, check out our Facebook page or call the medical alumni association office at 608-263-4915. Major event dates are listed inside the front cover of each issue of Quarterly.

As always, please feel free to contact our office with your ideas, issues or concerns.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Karen S. Peterson
Executive director, Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association