The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health supports medical student engagement in promoting the well being of students in the Madison area community by sponsoring Doctors Ought to Care (DOC).

DOC is a nationwide organization of physicians and medical students dedicated to working with young people to promote healthy lifestyles.

Locally, UW-Madison medical students are trained to teach middle and high school students about health promotion and safety. Students participating in Doctors Ought to Care enjoy the opportunity of partnering with schools to provide youth with health related information that is fun and dynamic.

Alison Miller, faculty advisor, and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health provide support to Doctors Ought to Care, and Kristi Jones is the program coordinator.

Medical students interested in participating in the program, signing up for a talk, reserving organs or just getting more information and resources should go to the Doctors Ought to Care Google site. You will need to sign out of any personal Gmail/Google accounts and sign in with with your NetID to access this website.

Email kfjones@wisc.edu with any questions or concerns.

Program overview

How does it work?

Pairs of UW DOC medical students give presentations to groups of students (kindergarten through high school) using a variety of intriguing visual aids (including reproductive system models, charts, and actual healthy/diseased organs). Because of the interactive format which encourages questions and answers, presentations work best with groups of fewer than 40 students.

When are DOC presenters available?

Talks are available throughout the year, although they are most likely to be filled through the academic calendar of September to December and January to April. Please note that summer presentation requests and presentation requests during final exams (at the end of each semester) may be difficult to fill.

What class will benefit most from a DOC presentation?

Doctors Ought to Care presentations work well in practically any curriculum area from kindergarten through high school. Presentations are also effective for after-school clubs or other extracurricular groups. DOC presenters can gear talks to match all grade levels. Talks cannot be scheduled at locations more than 30 minutes from Madison.