The program’s focus is to develop community-engaged physician leaders who will promote health equity for people living in urban health professional shortage areas.
TRIUMPH students partner with community organizations in Milwaukee to conduct collaborative projects over at least two years of medical training. Students have built relationships with dozens of partners including, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Fondy Food Center, Next Door, and Walker’s Point Community Clinic.
At the graduation, students described their projects through oral presentations and posters, integrating lessons learned that will serve them throughout their careers.
Tessa Warner, who will specialize in emergency medicine, worked with United Community Center. She talked about the value of developing interconnected support systems for vulnerable communities in her project on prenatal care coordination for women with substance abuse disorders.
Nailah Cash-O’ Bannon, who will go into family medicine, emphasized the importance of being present and developing a foundation of trust in her work mentoring high school students at North Division High School.
During the ceremony, students also shared their gratitude for their community mentors, many of whom were present.
Dr. John Brill, director of Undergraduate Medical Education at Aurora Health Care, and Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, were also in attendance.
In their remarks, they characterized TRIUMPH as a model program in training physicians to not only address the medical needs of individual patients, but also to help create healthy communities that allow people to live well.
The fourth-year TRIUMPH students, now newly graduated physicians, will travel around the country to complete their medical training as residents. In their residency programs, they will continue their commitment to working with urban underserved populations. Many incoming TRIUMPH students will be continuing the projects of their predecessors, ensuring that community ties in Milwaukee remain strong.
To learn more about TRIUMPH, please visit: http://www.med.wisc.edu/education/md/triumph/about-us/682