Dr. Julia Weiser: TAFP Dallas Chapter Outstanding Graduate Award
By Patrick Wascovich
Julia Weiser loved every minute of every clinical rotation while in UT Southwestern Medical School. In the end, that led her down her chosen path – family medicine.
“Throughout my third year of medical school, I was in love with what I was doing,” she said. “It didn’t matter if it was adopting the hands-on, fix-it attitude of surgery, working with children and their families in pediatrics, or managing complex, long-term medical problems in internal medicine. I wanted to do it all. When I did my family medicine rotation in Waco, at McLennan Family Health Center, I realized that I could. The physicians and residents there provided all-around primary care for their patients. They shared my philosophy of what it means to be a doctor – to form long-term relationships with patients, whatever their age, whatever their background.”
Her dedication to family medicine helped her earn the 2014 TAFP Dallas Chapter Outstanding Graduate Award. The award, given annually to a top student in family practice, includes a $500 scholarship from the Dallas chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.
“It’s wonderful. I’m very honored to be selected,” said Dr. Weiser, a Houston native who majored in biology at Yale University before starting medical school. The academic challenge of her undergraduate studies was balanced by the competition of playing NCAA Division I field hockey. Not surprisingly, she captained the team by the time she was a senior.
“I think that it’s easy to be successful doing what you love to do,” Dr. Weiser said. “I am fortunate that I have been able to dedicate my energy to doing what I enjoy.”
Dr. James Huth, Professor of Surgery and an Estabrook College mentor, said, “Throughout the Colleges experience and into her clinical years, Julia has been a thoughtful, caring individual who in conjunction with her team members has become very adept in building consensus among her colleagues, an attribute that will serve her well in her chosen field of family medicine.”
Dr. Dan Sepdham, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, said: “What really sets Julia apart is a demeanor of humble confidence combined with a genuine concern for the welfare of others. You just know her patients are going to have the utmost confidence in her abilities and the trust that she is going to do what is right for them. These qualities, combined with her passion for preventive medicine, make her the ideal candidate for family medicine.”
Dr. Weiser’s residency match is at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. “It’s going to be an adventure, but I was impressed with the program,” she said.
Her support system as a medical school student came from her grandparents, Dan and Louette Weiser of Dallas, and her relationships with her friends and peers in medical school.
“The friends I’ve made in medical school have played the biggest role in shaping me into the doctor I want to be,” she said. “They continue to inspire me with their pursuit of academic excellence and dedication to patient care. They are going to be great physicians, no matter what specialty they’re going into, because they are such smart, generous, and caring people.”
Dr. Huth holds the Occidental Chemical Chair in Cancer Research.
Dr. Sepdham holds the Drs. Malone V. Hill and John W. Pate Professorship in Family Medicine.