Despite the long hours of class work and study, most MD Program students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health become involved in extracurricular activities to relax, meet others with similar interests and follow through on their commitment to help others.

Medical students are involved with:

  • Conducting health clinics and fairs for the uninsured in Madison
  • Advocating for victims of domestic violence and child abuse
  • Visiting local schools to teach children about living healthy lifestyles
  • Participating in student government
  • Serving on curricular and admissions committees
  • Playing on intramural sports teams and more
  • Community service and civic engagement opportunities

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health students help address societal and public health issues by joining one of many professional or health-related organizations. The school has student representatives on local chapters of the American Medical Student Association, the American Medical Association and the State Medical Society of Wisconsin.

Medical Students for Minority Concerns explores ways to provide adequate healthcare in minority communities. Women in Medicine sponsors guest speakers and allows students to learn more about opportunities available to women physicians.

Students also gain experience and insight into specialty areas they might be considering by participating in various interest groups in:

  • Family medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health also offers summer research opportunities, providing students valuable laboratory experience.

After graduation, most students go on to postgraduate training in approved residency programs. Graduates of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health are highly sought for residency placement. A few students delay postgraduate training to pursue research, fulfill military obligations, complete a master of public health degree or spend a year practicing medicine in a Third World country.