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Elizabeth Petty, MD

Elizabeth Petty, MD
Senior Associate Dean
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

750 Highland Avenue
Madison , WI 53705

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Elizabeth Petty, MD, is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Petty received her bachelor's degree in biology and art history from Clarke College and her MD from the UW Medical School (now School of Medicine and Public Health). Following an internship and residency in pediatrics at Wisconsin, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Yale School of Medicine in medical genetics and clinical molecular genetics, as well as postdoctoral research training in the department of genetics. She was recruited to the University of Michigan in 1994, where she was professor of internal medicine and human genetics. Petty is recognized for her achievements as a physician-scientist, clinician and educator. Petty has received numerous local and national awards and recognitions, including membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the Gender Equity Award in Medical Student Teaching from the American Medical Women's Association, and selection as one of "America's Top Pediatricians" by the Consumers' Research Council of America. Her research interests lie in genetic mapping and syndrome identification and the development of research skills and professionalism among medical students.

Many young people who have an interest in science and can see themselves helping others, may be considering a career in medicine. But what does the path to becoming a medical doctor really look like. Dr. Elizabeth Petty of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health gives an overview of what it takes to get into medical school and what students can expect in this very competitive but crucial field of patient care. (Running Time 22:54)