Student Spotlight: Mia Wang

Mia Wang holding her cat, Butter.

Class Year: 2025

Program Major: Doctor of Medicine

Mia Wang’s connection to Case Western Reserve’s Doc Opera fundraiser started years before she enrolled as a student. As a high school musician, Wang was recruited to play trumpet for the School of Medicine’s annual variety show when her sister, Alex Wang, MD (MED ‘14), was a medical student at the university. 

When Mia decided to attend Case Western Reserve as well, she knew she wanted to volunteer with the show, which is written, choreographed and directed by and starring students in the university’s health profession programs.

This year, Wang, who earned her Master of Public Health degree at Case Western Reserve before starting the Doctor of Medicine program, serves as production coordinator of the 38th annual show, Stitch Perfect, which debuts Saturday, Dec. 10, at John Hay High School Auditorium—2075 Stokes Blvd.,  Cleveland. A silent auction begins at 6 p.m. The show is at 7 p.m.

“I help coordinate the efforts of all the other directors to ensure things run smoothly and come together on time,” said Wang. “I also had fun using the medical knowledge I gained last year to help write some of the parody songs.”

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Cast of Doc Opera 2021

Students and faculty from several Case Western Reserve health profession graduate programs bring Doc Opera to life each year—creating memorable skits, musical performances and dances about medicine and healthcare, all to benefit the Student Run Health Clinic. In the last three years, Doc Opera has raised approximately $60,000 to support the clinic, which is staffed by graduate students from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; the School of Dental Medicine; and the School of Medicine, including its  Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Together, they provide healthcare to underserved populations within the greater Cleveland community.

“I am a strong believer in its mission,” said Wang of the clinic. “As a Cleveland native planning to go into primary care, providing accessible care to the community is very important to me.”

This is Wang’s fourth time working on the event, and she is confident it won’t be her last. 

“Doc Opera was hands-down my favorite part of the first year of medical school,” said Wang. “I plan to stay involved with Doc Opera as much as I can in the next two years.”

When she’s not preparing for clinical rotations and volunteering with Doc Opera, Wang enjoys cooking, baking, yoga and playing fetch with her cat, Butter. 

Visit the Doc Opera webpage to purchase tickets to the show.