Dr. Deanna Benish Receives the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Max Fox Preceptor Award

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Pictured left to right - Dr. Robert Golden, Dean, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, RAMC's Dr. Deanna Benish, Max Fox Preceptorship Award winner and Dr. Paul Hunter, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Director of the UW 4th year Preceptorship.


Dr. Deanna Benish, Reedsburg Area Medical Center family practice physician, recently received the prestigious University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Max Fox Preceptor Award. The Max Fox Preceptor Award is given annually to an outstanding preceptor whose effective service as a mentor and teacher has guided UW medical students. Dr. Benish has been a preceptor to 4th year medical students since 2006.

 “Dr. Benish serves as an outstanding role model for our students,” said Dr. Robert Golden, Dean, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, “and provides each of them with individualized learning experiences in a rural setting. A primary goal of the School of Medicine and Public Health is to increase the number of physicians who practice medicine in Wisconsin, especially in underserved rural and urban settings. I thank Deanna and the Reedsburg Area Medical Center as well as this community for helping us achieve this goal by providing the resources and displaying the dedication and commitment that has allowed our medical students to gain the experiences needed to improve health in rural communities. Congratulations, Deanna, on receiving the Max Fox Preceptor Award, and thank you so much for your outstanding service to our students and your community!”

Comments from past students include, “Dr. Benish was a great teacher. In particular, she showed what it meant to truly care about your patients and to know them as a person. Also, she gave me appropriate autonomy that allowed me to learn hands on.”

Says Dr. Benish, “I am honored and humbled to receive the Max Fox Award. To me, it represents a commitment that Reedsburg Area Medical Center has made to students and adult learners. I have been blessed to be able to work with medical students here, and feel privileged to be able to mentor them in my role as a preceptor. Our medical staff has been very welcoming of this opportunity as well, and secondarily the students receive a broad and well-rounded experience. I look forward to continuing to share my medical knowledge and experience with students from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Pubic Health in the future.”

Dr. Benish received her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1998. She completed her residency at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in 2001 and then joined the RAMC family. She specializes in family medicine with obstetrics.