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 of course the MedBall event held annually in March.

Your Participation

Contact your society’s Faculty Society Master or Student Liaison/Society Leader for questions regarding events. The Office of Student Affairs will provide contact information.

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

Joseph Erlanger and Evarts Graham Society

Advisory Dean: 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: Adrienne Visani, Taylor Cogsil, Curtis Broberg, and Maliza Namude

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

Advisory Dean: Alan Glass, M.D.Alan Glass, MD

Dr. Glass is Assistant Dean for Admissions, faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Standardized Patient Program in addition to being the Advisory Dean for the Cori Society. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and an Inaugural Fellow in the Washington University School of Medicine Academy of Health Professions Educators. A pediatrician by training, he spent two decades as a higher education administrator and is a past President of the American College Health Association. His medical education expertise lies in the areas of medical student admissions and complex remediation in the areas of clinical skills and communication. Dean Glass has had faculty cameos is seven Washington University School of Medicine student musicals

Student Leaders: Victoria Offei-Dug, Alden D’Souza, and Jake Wieczorek

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

Advisory Dean: 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: Abraham Ogbaslase, Simona Sarafinovska, and Favour Akinjiyan

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