Cynthia A. Wichelman, MD
Cynthia A. Wichelman, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine and adjunct professor of business, is recognized for her role as co-creator and course director of Washington University School of Medicine’s exceptional Mini-Medical School (MMS).
Established by Wichelman in conjunction with former School of Medicine dean William A. Peck, MD, MMS is recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association for the Advancement of Science as one of the most innovative and comprehensive MMS in the country. Attendees receive a behind-the-scenes look at the medical school and learn about diseases first-hand from faculty. Graduates apply their knowledge to become better health care consumers and some have changed careers to health-related fields. Wichelman ensures each MMS provides students and faculty with enjoyable educational experiences.
An outstanding leader with a passion for educating others about science and medicine, Wichelman is an established university ambassador to the St. Louis community. She has reached out to community members with diverse backgrounds, including engineers, CEOs, high school students, professors, parents and artists. She engages audiences in a conversational, easily understandable way, which allows them to interact comfortably with faculty at all levels of the medical school. She also is a faculty mentor to medical students during their medical service trips to Guatemala.
Wichelman received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of California, San Diego, and her medical degree from Stanford University, then completed her emergency medicine residency in a triumvirate program of George Washington University, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. She has trained residents and medical students in emergency medicine and provided health care in rural areas of Alaska and to hill tribes in Thailand. She joined Washington University’s faculty in 1995.