Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences Patrick L. Remington, MD ’81, MPH—who created the Most Promise in Preventive Medicine Award Fund in his name at the University of Wisconsin Foundation—encourages others to contribute.
“I was inspired to establish this scholarship fund to recognize students who excel in preventive medicine and public health, and to increase the awareness of preventive medicine as a medical specialty,” says the longtime inaugural associate dean for public health at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, who retired in July 2019.
Scholarships will be given to a graduating medical student who has demonstrated excellence in their public health and preventive medicine education, and gone above and beyond to serve the needs of the community.
Remington, who directs the Preventive Medicine Residency Program, notes that nearly every applicant to that program says they had never heard of the specialty while they were in medical school.
“My goal is that every medical student will be aware of this specialty, and the importance of integrating public health into whatever career path they pursue,” he shares.
To that end, Remington has given back the $10,000 he received when he earned the 2019 UW-Madison Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, with the goal that it would be matched with donations from others and reach the amount needed to establish an endowment.
Noting that his “roots at UW-Madison run deep,” Remington says there have been more than 20 degrees earned by his family members across five generations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at UW-Madison in 1976 and his medical degree from the School of Medicine and Public Health in 1981.
After practicing public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health for 15 years, Remington returned in 1997 to the School of Medicine and Public Health, where he devoted the balance of his career in various leadership roles.
In honor of Remington’s distinguished career as a public health practitioner, researcher, educator and leader, Dean Robert N. Golden, MD, presented Remington with the school’s highest honor, the Folkert Belzer Award, in October 2019.
Even in retirement, Remington continues to teach public health part time to undergraduate, public health and medical students.
“I would not be where I am today without the generous support and mentoring from UW-Madison faculty and alumni,” he says.
About the matching fund, Remington concludes, “If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then donations to the ‘Most Promise in Preventive Medicine Award’ will be a great investment!”
For information about how to donate to the “Patrick Remington, MD, MPH Most Promise in Preventive Medicine Award Fund,” please go to the University of Wisconsin Foundation.