Academic Societies


In 1985, three academic societies – the (Joseph) Erlanger Society, the (Carl and Gerty) Cori Society, and the (Oliver) Lowry-(Carl) Moore Society – were formed by the Executive Faculty of the school of medicine to facilitate interactions between medical students and faculty outside of the classroom.  The premise of the Societies is twofold: to provide opportunity for students to grow professionally by hearing speakers and speaking with faculty, grappling with a range of current medical issues; and to add to the WUSM student’s education the element of mentorship, advising, and camaraderie among faculty and peers.  Each Society hosts approximately 3 social events each year which are usually held off campus, such as dinner with a speaker at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, brunch with small groups of students at Café Eau, and the MedBall event held annually the last weekend of February.

Your Participation

Contact your society’s Faculty Society Master or Student Liaison/Society Leader for questions regarding events. Contact for any other questions.

You are encouraged, but not required, to attend all society events.

Joseph Erlanger and Evarts Graham Society

Faculty Lead: Tessa Madden, M.D., M.P.H.

Tessa Madden, MD

Dr. Madden grew up in Upstate New York. She received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University in New York. After residency, she completed a fellowship in family planning at Johns Hopkins during which she obtained an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Division of Family Planning. She is active in patient care, medical education, and clinical research. Her research focuses on improving access to contraceptive services. Dr. Madden enjoys providing mentorship to medical students both as an academic society advisor and clinical researcher.

Student Leaders: Sanji Bhavsar, Abby Carey-Ewend, Sarah Stevens, Gianna Sparks

Past Events:

  • A Night at the Kitchen Conservatory: Private Cooking Class
  • Faculty Dinner Series
  • A Night at the Planetarium: St. Louis Science Center, Dinner and Star Show

Carl and Gerty Cori Society

Faculty Lead: Colleen Wallace, M.D.

Dr. Wallace grew up in central Illinois and attended the University of Notre Dame.  She received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She has been on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine since that time, and she is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine.  She has had several roles in medical education, including having been the Pediatrics Clerkship Director for 10 years.  Currently she serves as the medical school’s thread director for Professional Identity Formation and co-directs Module 1: Molecules to Society, the first course students take at the medical school.  She enjoys building relationships with students in the preclinical and clinical environments, as well as at society events.

Student Leaders: Connie Yang, Fiona Pat, Wendy Tan, Eric Lu

Past Events:

  • Happy Hour in the King Center
  • A night at the Third Degree Glass Factory
  • A night at the Kemper Art Museum
  • Faculty Dinner Series

Oliver Lowry and Carl Moore Society

Evan Schwarz, MD

Faculty Lead: Evan Schwarz, M.D.

Dr. Schwarz grew up in Dallas, Texas, and completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. During his last year of residency, he was elected as one of the chief residents and won the residency teaching award. After residency, he completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine before returning to Saint Louis. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director. In addition, he is an active member and sits on several committees for the American College of Medical Toxicology, is on the editorial board of Emergency Physicians Monthly, and is a member of the board of directors for the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians.

Student Leaders: Tiffany Chen, Adam Snowden, Brett Buchman, Tinna Kosoko-Thoroddsen

Past Events

  • A Night at the Third Degree Glass Factory
  • A Night at the Kitchen Conservatory
  • A Night on a Riverboat Cruise
  • Brunch at the Chase Park Plaza