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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently awarded the UW Department of Surgery $1.125 million to expand graduate medical education and increase access to health care in rural and underserved areas. The UW Department of Surgery will use the funds to cover the training costs of three general surgery residents for their five years of clinical training through our new Community General Surgery Residency Track. We are recruiting the first resident to start in July 2015 and have received more than 100 applications for the spot. The other two residents will start in 2016 and 2017. These residents will spend 42 of their 60 months of training at UW and 18 months with community partners in Neenah and Waupun. Congratulations to Eugene “Chip” Foley, MD, for his work creating this program and writing the grant.

Promotions

The Executive Committee of the Biological Sciences Division voted to promote Peter F. Nichol, MD, PhD, to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations, Dr. Nichol!

Service

Lee Wilke, MD, was elected to a three-year term as an academic Board of Directors Representative to the Executive Committee for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

Dave Schneider, MD, MS, was chosen to serve the Membership Committee of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) as an Institutional Representative. During his two-year term, Dr. Schneider will act as a liaison between the UW Department of Surgery and the AAS.

Honors

Girma Tefera, MD, was named Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences for his scholastic achievements and contributions to Ethiopia. Dr. Tefera directs the Ethiopia Global Health Twinning Partnership, in which medical professionals from the University of Wisconsin offer health, medical and student education programs to health professionals and students in Ethiopia.

Kudos

We received a letter notifying us of the superb research presentation Sarah Franco, a graduate student in K. Craig Kent’s laboratory, recently delivered at the 2014 SACNAS National Conference in Los Angeles, California. At the conference, judges recognized her work as a standout among the student presentations and have selected Sarah Franco to receive one of the 2014 SACNAS Student Presentation Awards. SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science) was founded over 40 years ago by career academics and research scientists. Today, the National Conference is a gathering of nearly 4,000 students and professionals.

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