Jason M Habeck
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Class of 2012

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein *

*Quote sent by Jason with his application papers.

(Jason’s bio statement for the Friedman application – 8/31/09)

Hello ME/CFS Association and Friedman Award Committee,

      I am not sure exactly what you are looking for here in my personal statement so I’m going to tell you a little bit about where I came from, what I’m doing now, and where I plan on going in the future.
      I was born and raised in Rhinelander, a small city in northern Wisconsin. My biggest interest growing up was ice hockey. I began playing when I was four years old and played as often as I could throughout high school. By sixth grade, I was playing year round with both local teams in winter as well as select teams that traveled the Midwest in the spring, summer, and fall. I attended Rhinelander High School and earned exemplary marks while playing hockey and football.
      I decided I wanted to pursue a career in medicine while I was in high school. I can pinpoint my high school “vertebrate biology” class as my exact moment where I realized medicine was for me. I was absolutely fascinated with the way the human body (and other animals) works. From that point on, I took every biology course offered and still could not get enough of it.
      I got my undergraduate degree here at UW-Madison in Biology. I was very active outside of the classroom as well as staying dedicated to my coursework. I became involved with the Red Cross Disaster Team, where I was called to local fires and disasters to assist local citizens at desperate times. I was also involved with Habitat for Humanity, Youngblood Blood Drive, AED (pre-med society), UW Hospital volunteering, numerous intramural sports, job shadowing, and many other activities. I also taught an undergraduate course on Cardiovascular Disease to non-science majors.
      I am now entering my second year as a medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (Madison). I have found that medical school is even more interesting than college, and definitely more demanding. I can honestly say I know now that this is absolutely the right field for me. For the first time in my education, I am finding everything fascinating and pertinent (no more history, literature, etc.!). I find myself looking at medical school as more than just another few years of school, but rather a lifestyle that interests me wholly every step of the way.
      I still find plenty of time to enjoy life outside of school. I love to run, play tennis, golf, and yes, play hockey. I am an avid fan of the Milwaukee Brewers as well as the Green Bay Packers. I am a Wisconsin Badger football and hockey season ticket holder and love to see the cardinal and white dominate the Big Ten in all sports. I also enjoy reading for leisure when I have the time.
      I am not exactly sure what field I would like to specialize in. I am told that rotations will change my mind several times as many fields and mentors will grab my attention. However, if I had to guess where I will be in five years I would guess family medicine or orthopedics. Family medicine interests me because every day provides a new challenge. Each patient is a new puzzle to solve with different problems, attitudes, and results. Orthopedics also interests me as I would love to work with athletes in a sports medicine practice. I feel like I would relate very well to youth, high school, and even collegiate athletes. I am not restricting myself yet, but those fields would be my two most likely predictions.
      I hope I’ve provided you with the information you were looking for. Thanks for reading!
                                Jason M Habeck 

Winning Resarch Paper - Diagnosis and Treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Jason M Habeck University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.