The Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association (WMAA) is a very active force in the lives of current students, from supplying coffee and bagels during exams (and always supplying candy!), funding stethoscopes and Interest Groups, throwing job fairs and parties, to providing shadowing opportunities and scholarship support – and so much more. Avail yourself of this supportive community for students that fosters lifelong relationships, connecting our alumni with students, residents, faculty, the school, and the University.
Students are always welcome at the WMAA offices on the 4th Floor – come say hello and grab some candy!
Alumni Host Program
A terrific program for 4th-year medical students, UW Medical Alumni throughout the U.S. open their homes to “M4s” traveling for residency interviews. Hosts have provided accommodation, meals and transportation, as well as professional and personal insight into the regional medical community.
The Host Program contact data is located on OASIS: go to “There are NEW notices,” > “Residency Application, Match, MSPE (Dean’s Letter)” folder, > “Alumni Host List.” Here you will find an excel file of alumni who have volunteered to Host, sorted by zip code.
The best first contacts are via email; be sure to write a captivating/to-the-point subject line to increase odds that they’ll open it – for example “I’m coming to town for residency interview – could you help, Dr. Smith?” WMAA staff is also happy to help facilitate – or look for additional alumni who may not be on the Host list. Contact Maureen at [email protected] or Karen at [email protected] if you need assistance.
Awards and Scholarships
The WMAA presents annual alumni, faculty and student awards – and annually selects recipients for WMAA student scholarships. The honors are bestowed during the spring WMAA Awards Banquet.
Student-Alumni Partnership Program
The Student Alumni Partnership Program (SAPP) aims to connect local alumni with medical students to share information about their specialty, whether over a cup of coffee or a formal shadowing opportunity. Contact Maureen at [email protected] for a list of participating alumni.
Student Ambassador Program
As a volunteer Ambassador, students have many opportunities to connect with alumni by: attending alumni events, speaking to alumni about what it’s like to be a medical student today, conducting tours, and showcasing student programs at alumni and donor events. Sign up today!
The WMAA contributes toward the health and well-being of our medical students via the SMPH wellness program, whether feeding students during exams or sponsoring House walk-a-thon competitions.
The shadow program provides students the opportunity to have unique shadowing experiences with alumni–a great way to learn about a variety of medical specialties in non-academic settings. Contact Maureen at [email protected] for a list of shadow opportunities – or better yet, stop in her office on the 4th floor in the WMAA suite.
Alumni Weekend • Held in the late spring, Alumni Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with alumni.
Graduation • The WMAA plays a major role in graduation for medical students by sponsoring a hooding ceremony and celebration for family and friends of the graduate.
Homecoming • Alumni and students celebrate homecoming weekend with class reunions and a tailgate party prior to the homecoming football game.
Operation Education • In conjunction with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (WMSF), the WMAA hosts an annual physician fair, providing an opportunity for students to speak with alumni about their specialty or research career paths.
Social Events • The WMAA sponsors social events for students and alumni throughout the year including the orientation week “Badger cookout,” ice cream socials, the Winter Event, and finals week relief.
White Coat Ceremony • One of the most inspiring Medical School ceremonies is the symbolic welcoming of new students to the medical profession at the White Coat ceremony, an event sponsored by WMAA.
Karen S. Peterson, WMAA Executive Director, 608-263-4913
Maureen Brady, Development & Alumni Relations, 608-263-4914
Andrea Larson, Outreach & Special Events, 608-262-7335
To participate in any of the WMAA programs and connect with UWSMPH alumni, contact Maureen Brady or Karen Peterson to set up a time to meet. Or stop by our suite on the fourth floor of the Health Sciences Learning Center, sample some candy out of our huge candy bowl, and say hello to your WMAA staff.