2018 Ton Hoek Scholarship Recipient

Catherine Kuecker

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy 


Catherine (Katie) Kuecker graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy in 2017. During that time, she completed her Certificate in Global Health. She was actively involved in the Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students through the American Pharmacists Association and served as Operation Immunization co-chair for two years. She also served as a volunteer Spanish interpreter and Referrals Coordinator with the MEDiC student-run free clinics through the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

Her global pharmacy interest began when she studied abroad in Spain during her undergraduate career. She continued to pursue opportunities during pharmacy school to further her global pharmacy interest including co-coordinating and implementing inaugural influenza vaccine clinics for the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in Madison, WI which serves largely a minority and underinsured or uninsured patient population. She completed an academia-focused pharmacy rotation in Cape Town, South Africa as one of her Advanced Practice Pharmacy Experiences. She served in a professor and educator role to develop and deliver lecture and patient case lab materials for South African student pharmacists. This experience helped to highlight the differences in pharmacy practice and education across the globe and the importance of sharing information within the pharmacy profession.

At the present time, Katie is at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI completing a Post-Graduate Year 1 residency focused on ambulatory care and has early committed to a Post-Graduate Year 2 ambulatory care residency. As a resident, Katie worked with the MEDiC student clinics to advance the role of the pharmacist as a provider who is integrated into a care team with the physician. In her role with the MEDiC clinics, she was able to work with many native Spanish speakers. She is also actively involved in the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) through the Ambulatory Care Advisory Board and the Wisconsin Pharmacy Residency Conference planning committee. She has a passion for academia, advancing pharmacy practice, and patient communication in English and Spanish.