College grad at 18, med school at 22, Sauerhammer aims high
In May of 1999, at the age of 18, Tina Sauerhammer became the youngest-ever graduate of UW-Green Bay. Then in May of 2003, the 22-year old became the youngest person ever to graduate from the UW-Madison Medical School. That same year she was named Miss Wisconsin and second runner-up in the Miss America competition. She’s now back working as a resident in the area of general surgery at UW Hospital in Madison. She will leave Wisconsin in June of 2009 to attend fellowship training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
For her Miss America platform, Sauerhammer chose tissue and organ donation. It's a cause she has professional and personal experience with: She lost her father in 2002 after he narrowly missed his opportunity to receive a new kidney.
“My ambition is to be a pediatric plastic surgeon with an ultimate goal of being an ambassador to the world by traveling to third world countries and devoting my time and skills to benefit individuals in need of reconstructive procedures.”