University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – August 11, 2014

At the Top

Five minority high school students from the UW’s PEOPLE (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity for Learning Excellence) program finished the six-week Surgery Clinical Research Internship Program, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Each student was mentored by a medical student and a surgeon. They assisted in a research project as well as activities to expose them to medical careers. Students and their mentors were:

  • Jacob Bender (mentored by Trieu Do and Herb Chen, MD)
  • Champange Goss (mentored by Kim Maciolek and Carla Pugh, MD, PhD)
  • Lena Lee (mentored by Luke Nankee and Herb Chen, MD)
  • Grace Roberts (mentored by Will Jacoby and Ann O’Rourke, MD, MPH)
  • Jazmin Vargas (mentored by Justin Meyers and Cliff Cho, MD)

For the second year in a row, one of the students from our program received the Paul Burrows Award at the closing banquet. This is the top award given to the two most promising students (one male and one female) in the PEOPLE program. Congratulations to Jacob Bender and his mentors!

Since the event, Dr. Chen and program manager, Kristi Herritz, received word from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that their renewal application for the program received a very favorable review and will be recommended for funding approval in September.

Here are some thoughts from a few of the students who completed this year’s program:

  • “I learned so much, and it deeply reinforced my desire to go into the medical field.”
  • “This experience has exceeded any of my expectations. I made such close relationships that I will always cherish.”
  • “Thank you so much for picking me out of every other kid for this internship. … Thanks for the best summer EVER!”

Thank you to everyone involved for inspiring these young minds.


Herb Chen, MD, was elected to serve on the UW Health Access Leadership Oversight Council, which will evaluate the Access Center Task Force’s progress in its goal to say “yes” to referring providers/facilities with the expectation of a 5-minute response time to Access Center pages.

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, will serve a three-year term on the SMPH Academic Planning Council (APC), which advises the dean on school programs and budgetary, long-range, and strategic planning.