The Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced the appointment of UW-Green Bay Prof. Craig Hanke as Assistant Dean for Curriculum. He has been involved with the coordination of the MCW-Green Bay science faculty and serves as a member of the MCW-Green Bay Community Advisory Board. For the past 14 years a member of the Human Biology faculty at UWGB, Hanke retains his teaching affiliation with UWGB this fall.
Julia Shariff is still wrapping her head around the possibility of one day being called, “Dr. Shariff.”
The May 2015 UW-Green Bay Human Biology and Spanish graduate took a major step toward her long-awaited goal with recent acceptance into the inaugural class of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Classes begin this summer.
“To be honest, the idea of med school seemed like something other people did, not someone like me… The reason I decided to declare my major and head down that path was because of the amazing faculty at UWGB. I had always had support from my family to follow my dreams, but having a respected non-family source of support and belief in my abilities was what I needed to take the plunge.”
Being able to stay in Green Bay while in medical school is providing a level of comfort for Shariff (pictured with Bellin’s Bart Miller, above). The Green Bay Southwest High School graduate recognizes the value of “staying home” for her undergraduate degree, and will follow in the footsteps of a number of family members who took the same path.
“The benefits of staying in Green Bay are numerous,” she says. “It will both decrease the cost of living, but ease the transition into medical school. I’ve heard that the first year comes with its own academic adjustments so taking on medical school in Green Bay provides me with comfort and familiarity. I absolutely love the atmosphere of Green Bay — not too big and not too small. There’s plenty to do and opportunities to learn in this area. Having a medical school in Green Bay brings a lot to the area, especially when it comes to establishing community physicians.”
Shariff already has an insider perspective into health care in the region, having shadowed at Bellin Hospital in preparation for a research project, “The Lost Connection: Benefits of being a bilingual professional in the U.S. healthcare system,” which earned her prestigious selection as a “Posters in the Rotunda” showcase presenter in Madison in Spring of 2015.
Her project provided insight into the Green Bay area’s growing population of Spanish-speaking residents.
In true interdisciplinary fashion, Shariff developed the idea in collaboration with Prof. Cristina Ortiz of UW-Green Bay’s Spanish and Humanistic Studies academic programs.
“As Julia’s adviser, I conveyed to her that medical schools are seeking well-rounded students who are knowledgeable and have academic experiences beyond the sciences,” Ortiz says. “Her Spanish skills and academic work in Spanish have been key players in positioning Julia as the desirable candidate she is for medical school.”
Explains Shariff, “My research methods consisted of a lot of field observation, interviews, and of course investigation of previous reports and studies. I interviewed three individuals specifically: a bilingual doctor, a bilingual physician’s assistant and a Spanish interpreter. Through my research I developed a list of pros and cons for various communication methods in the healthcare system, thus determining the overall most efficient and practical method was the employment of a bilingual physician.”
Shariff studied abroad, in Spain, as part of her undergraduate experience. She was also an active tutor for the Organic Chemistry class, while serving as UWGB’s Health Science Club president, and co-president of UWGB’s Colleges Against Cancer organization.
“Green Bay is founded on the tight knit community and surrounding areas, and the promotion of this network is huge in the message MCW-Green Bay wants to send: promoting community based health care and cooperation of health systems in the state,” Shariff said.
“It has been a very long process, and to be accepted at such a respected institution as the Medical College of Wisconsin is both an honor and a privilege!”
The Medical College of Wisconsin is beginning to fill adjunct faculty positions for its MCW-Green Bay campus. Individuals from St. Norbert College and UW-Green Bay have been identified to participate in basic science instruction for first-year medical students at the new regional campus opening later this year. UW-Green Bay accounted for two-thirds of the local educators invited to a reception and orientation session last month at the College’s Milwaukee headquarters. Those taking part were:
• Craig Hanke, Ph.D., associate professor of human biology
• Dennis Lorenz, Ph.D., associate professor of human development and psychology
• James Marker, Ph.D., associate professor of human biology
• Daniel Meinhardt, Ph.D., associate professor of human biology
• Brian Merkel, Ph.D., associate professor of human biology
• Amanda Nelson, Ph.D., associate professor of human biology
• Debra Pearson, Ph.D., RD, associate professor of human biology and nutrition
• Uwe Pott, Ph.D., associate professor of human biology
• Dean Von Dras, Ph.D., professor of psychology and human development
• Sarah VanderZanden, DVM, associate lecturer of human biology and practicing veterinarian
Medical College of Wisconsin will also recruit instructors and mentors from among the ranks of local physicians. Read the full article.
In case you missed it in our Log Extra newsletter: UW-Green Bay’s longest-running donors have stepped up big-time with a record-tying $1 million gift for student scholarships. Dr. Herbert and Crystal Sandmire’s donation will support students who intend to pursue a career in medicine or related medical fields, and will enhance a legacy of generosity that dates back 46 years. “This generous gift will provide a tremendous boost for our Human Biology program and related areas, which are helping to prepare the medical professionals of tomorrow,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Our regional economy depends on training and equipping more doctors and other professionals to provide the best care possible for the people of Northeastern Wisconsin.” The Sandmire gift ties a record for UW-Green Bay’s largest-ever single scholarship donation. In 2008, the family of Capt. Craig A. Mueller gave $1 million in scholarships, in accordance with the late alumnus’ wishes. The donation also comes at an important juncture for the future of healthcare in the region, as UW-Green Bay is a partner institution for a new Medical College of Wisconsin satellite campus that will be housed at St. Norbert College in De Pere. For more.
Representatives from UW-Green Bay were on hand Thursday (Oct. 23) when the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay unveiled its new digs during a media event at St. Norbert College. The debut of the satellite campus included a look at its classroom space, high-tech equipment and more. “We are very excited to be a community and university partner for MCW-Green Bay,” said UW-Green Bay Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scott Furlong, who attended the event. “Our faculty members are looking forward to the opportunities to teach within the program and share these interactions with our undergraduate student population.” Furthermore, Furlong said, the partnership will allow UW-Green Bay students to obtain a medical education right here in Northeastern Wisconsin, preparing them locally for successful careers. MCW-Green Bay will welcome its first cohort of 20 to 25 students beginning in July 2015. For more information and a few photos, check out our UW-Green Bay News post and a sampling of local news coverage:
UW-Green Bay News
Green Bay Press-Gazette
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was among the partners celebrating the new home of the Medical College of Wisconsin Green Bay (MCW-Green Bay) satellite campus at a media event Thursday, Oct. 23 on the St. Norbert College campus in De Pere.
“We are very excited to be a community and university partner for MCW-Green Bay,” said Scott Furlong, UW-Green Bay Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Our faculty members are looking forward to the opportunities to teach within the program and share these interactions with our undergraduate student population.”
The partnership also provides opportunities for students who are seeking a medical education and wish to remain in Northeastern Wisconsin, said Furlong, who was on hand for Thursday’s event.
“Our Human Biology program has a strong reputation of preparing students for medical school and other medical careers,” he said. “UW-Green Bay is looking forward to other programmatic opportunities within the health care field that this partnership provides.”
MCW-Green Bay will host the first cohort of 20 to 25 students beginning in July of 2015. UW-Green Bay is a proud partner with a history of preparing pre-medical students within the Human Biology program, officials said. Among the distinguished UWGB alumni who also graduated from UWGB are Dr. Joe Carroll ‘97 and Dr. Marc Biedermann ’05.
Carroll co-directs the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advanced Ocular Imaging Program and is an Associate Professor in the departments of Ophthalmology, Biophysics, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy. He was among the first to use a technology called adaptive optics to view the living retina at a cellular level, and he is credited with important breakthroughs in the study of color blindness. Carroll is a specialist in retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosis. He returned to UW-Green Bay to deliver the May 2014 commencement address.
Biedermann is an emergency medicine doctor in Portage, Wisconsin and is one of three doctors at Divine Savior Healthcare specializing in Emergency Medicine. Biedermann graduated from MCW in 2009 and completed his residency with the University of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Residency
The MCW-Green Bay Campus will assist in the effort to overcome a shortage of Wisconsin physicians. About 400 new physicians graduate annually from Wisconsin’s two medical schools, MWC and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. More than 7,000 students already have applied to the MCW medical school for matriculation in August 2015. Seven hundred of the applicants are Wisconsin residents, 1,800 students have indicated an interest in attending MCW-Green Bay, and 67 Wisconsin-based applicants have indicated a preference in the MCW-Green Bay campus.
The MCW-Green Bay campus will give students looking to attend medical school another option that may better fit their lifestyle, officials say. “Learn. Live. Care. Cure.,” the MCW slogan, is supported by the design of the Green Bay campus. According to the MCW-Green Bay Campus Dean, Matthew Hunsaker, the state-of-the-art school model uses time more efficiently by eliminating a summer break and cuts down the cost of earning a medical degree for students.
More information about the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay is available online.
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The Medical College of Wisconsin says it will begin recruiting the first students at its new Green Bay-area campus for inaugural classes in July 2015 after receiving a pair of key accreditations. The Higher Learning Commission expanded its current accreditation of MCW’s main campus in Wauwatosa to include MCW-Green Bay, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body specific to medical schools, determined the school to have the resources necessary to open its doors. It is expected the new school, to be located on the campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere, will recruit UW-Green Bay graduates to its student body and University faculty members as instructors. For news on the accreditation.
Commencement speaker Joseph J. Carroll, Ph.D., a rising star in the world of ophthalmology research, told the Class of 2014 at UW-Green Bay Saturday that he has always believed his college education was a terrific investment.
Carroll is a 1997 Human Biology graduate of UW-Green Bay who today is an associate professor of ophthalmology, biophysics, cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a widely published researcher on human vision and the cellular structure of the eye. He congratulated the more than 600 new grads in attendance on the wisdom of their college selection.
“The key word is ‘value,’” he told them. “You’ve just gotten the best value of your life. Trust me. Better than the dollar menu at McDonalds.”
In his address to an audience of nearly 5,000 at UW-Green Bay’s Kress Events Center, Carroll praised the University’s faculty members, calling them not only amazing educators, but definitive experts in their respective fields.
He recalled his own positive experiences with faculty including Andy Kersten, Donna Ritch (and her “infectious passion for biology that has stuck with me”), Forrest Baulieu and even Prof. Harvey Kaye, who Carroll said “unintentionally helped steer me away from sociology by giving me a bad grade.”
He acknowledged there’s a tendency to think a small- to mid-size public university might not offer the same educational quality of bigger and “bigger-name” school, but quickly added that he believes UW-Green Bay “is second to none.”
“The truth is, I would take my UWGB education over one from Marquette, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, you name it, any day of the week. Not only was it a fraction of the price, but in my time as a graduate student and as a post-doctoral fellow, and now as a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin, I have interacted with students from colleges and universities all over the country. Some of them have been smarter than I, and most were better looking, but never once have I felt that they were better educated or better prepared to succeed.”
Carroll said it’s always a thrill to return to campus, which has undergone major changes since he graduated in 1997.
“Walking around campus, I reminisce about the countless hours I spent working and playing pool in what is now the Phoenix Club, relaxing in the “people pockets”, playing golf at Shorewood where a chance encounter with an optometrist inspired me to pursue a career in eyeballs, or watching the men’s basketball team enter the national spotlight with three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and upsetting Cal in the first round 20 years ago.”
He closed his address by returning to the theme of being intellectually prepared for life’s challenges — “The Prepared Mind” of his talk’s title — and told them to be alert to opportunities and new people and places.
“If you are constantly surrounded by the same people and things, you can’t expect new opportunities to just show up. So don’t wait for opportunities to find you, create them. Actively seek them out.
Gov. Scott Walker was on campus Wednesday (April 9), as part of a Medical College of Wisconsin event announcing next steps for MCW’s new campus. In an event held in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center, college officials said they plan to start recruiting in June, with the goal of starting classes in 2015. MCW’s local campus will be housed at St. Norbert College. A sampling of news coverage from Wednesday’s event is as follows:
Green Bay Press-Gazette
UW-Green Bay’s Craig Hanke, associate professor of Human Biology, and Julia Wallace, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, are among about two dozen individuals named recently by The Medical College of Wisconsin to serve as community advisory board members for MCW-Green Bay. The community advisory board will assist MCW in developing and implementing the new regional campus in Green Bay, which is expected to matriculate students in July 2015. Appointed as community members of the board, which also includes MCW officials, are:
• Connie Boerst, EdD, RN-BC
President and CEO, Professor of Nursing, Bellin College
• Michael Erdmann, MD
Chief of Staff, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
• Jeffrey Frick, PhD
Dean of the College and Academic Vice President, St. Norbert College
• Craig Hanke, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
• Mark Higgins
Regional President, Johnson Bank
• Norbert Hill, PhD
Area Manager for Education and Training, Oneida Tribe
• Ken Johnson, MD
Chief Physician Executive, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital
Hospital Sisters Health System – Eastern Wisconsin Division
• J. Richard Ludgin, MD, JD
Vice President of Medical Affairs, Aurora BayCare Medical Center
• Ed Millermaier, MD, MBA, FACP
Chief Medical Officer, Bellin Health
• Morgan Rabatine Nagel
Physical Education Coordinator, Bellin Health
• Therese Pandl, RN, FACHE
President and CEO, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital
Hospital Sisters Health System – Eastern Wisconsin Division
• Paul Pritchard, MD
Medical Director of Quality, Prevea Health
• Larry Scheich, PhD
Associate Dean of Natural Science and Professor of Chemistry, St. Norbert College
• Frederic Schmidt, MD
MCW Alumni Association Representative, Northeast Wisconsin ENT, SC
• Paul Summerside, MD, FAAEM, MMM
Chief Medical Officer, BayCare Clinic, Chairperson, Aurora BayCare Medical Center
• Kurt Voss
Chief Executive Officer, Amerilux International, LLC
• Julia Wallace, PhD
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
• Warren Wanezek, JD
Attorney, Wanezek & Jaekels, SC
• Brenda Warren, MD
School Board President, Green Bay Area Public School District
• Larry Weyers
Vice President and Lead Director, Green Bay Packers Board of Directors