University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Volume 120, Issue 1

April 2021

THE SUDDEN SAVANT: A New Form of Extraordinary Abilities

Cover Illustration: The Mayan by Michelle Felan. Reproduced with permission from the artist.

Savant syndrome previously has been characterized as either congenital or acquired. A report in this issue of WMJ, however, describes sudden savant syndrome, in which neurotypical persons have the sudden emergence of savant skills without underlying disability or brain injury and without prior interest or ability in the newly emerged skill areas. These skills include music, mathematics, language, and art – which is the case with MF, whose artwork is featured on the cover.

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In This Issue
Adapting Medical School Curriculum to Millennial and Generation Z Learners
Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, WMJ Editor-in-Chief

In Memoriam
A Tribute to Darold Treffert, MD
John J. Frey, III, MD

Letter to the Editor
COVID-19 Outbreak Associated With Ice Fishing
Blaise Vitale, MD, FAAFP

Original Research

The Adaptive Learner: How Faculty and Medical Students’ Perceptions of Learning Needs and Desires Differ
Crystal J. Graff, MD; Kristina Kaljo, PhD; Robert W. Treat, PhD; Kate Dielentheis, MD

Establishment and Retrospective Analysis of a Pilot Peer Mentorship Program
Karen Thompson Rodriguez, MD; Alexandria Ponkratz, MD; Margaret Gallagher, MD; Robert Treat, PhD; Nicole E. St. Clair, MD; Erica Chou, MD; Sara M. Lauck, MD

Leadership Views on the Barriers and Incentives to Clinical Preceptorship 
Joanne Bernstein, MD, MSE; Theresa Maatman, MD; Kristina Kaljo, PhD

Health Policy Advocacy Engagement: A Physician Survey
Amy E. Liepert, MD; Sarah Beilke, BS; Glen Leverson, PhD; Ann M. Sheehy, MD, MS

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy: Early Lessons From Our Sleep Pregnancy Clinic
Kathleen M. Antony, MD, MSCI; Natalie M. Jacobson, BS; A. Lauren Rice; Abigail M. Wiedmer, BS; Hannah Mourey, BS; Mihaela H. Bazalakova, MD, PhD

Evaluating the Impact of Provider Type and Patient Diagnosis on Patient No-Shows to Vascular Clinic
Rohit Gupta, BA; Cayla Roy, BS; Valerie Du, BA; SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

Barriers to Self-Disclosing Level of Maternal Care: What Are Wisconsin Hospitals Worried About? 
Jenna L. Racine, MD; Katie Gillespie, DNP; Kathy Hartke, MD; Cynthia Wautlet, MD, MPH; Kathleen M. Antony, MD, MSCI

Prevention of Neonatal Hypoglycemia With Oral Glucose Gel for High-Risk Newborns
Sara Herrmann, MD; Christina Andrist, DO; Michael Phillips, MD; Matthew Cabrera Svendsen, MD; Rachel Oldfather; Mark Deyo-Svendsen, MD


Pharmacotherapy for Management of ‘Kratom Use Disorder’: A Systematic Literature Review With Survey of Experts 
Cornel Stanciu, MD, MRO; Saeed Ahmed, MD; Bryan Hybki, MD; Thomas Penders, MS, MD; David Galbis-Reig, MD

Brief Reports

Current Trends in HPV Vaccine Uptake: Wisconsin and United States, 2016-2019
Alexandria Cull Weatherer, MPH; Stephanie L. Pritzl, MD; Sarah Kerch, MPH; Zhanhai Li, PhD; Noelle K. LoConte, MD

Pediatrician Exposure to Neuromuscular Patients 
Matthew Harmelink, MD; Erin Yale, MM

Case Reports/Series

The Sudden Savant: A New Form of Extraordinary Abilities 
Darold A. Treffert, MD; Hunter J. Ries

Varicella Zoster Meningitis in Immunocompetent Hosts: A Case Series and Review of the Literature
Sanjay Bhandari, MD; Carrie Alme, MD; Alfredo Siller, Jr., MD; Pinky Jha, MD

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection for Quadriceps Tendinopathy: A Case Report
Ryan J. Wagner, DO; Karie N. Zach, MD

Recurrent Stroke and Fatal Ruptured Mycotic Aneurysm Caused by Invasive Aspergillus fumigatus Infection 
Istiaq Mian, MD; Sam Ives, MD; Garry Jean-Louis, MD; Andrew Laczniak, MD

Thank You to Our 2020 Reviewers


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