http://www.med.wisc.edu/news/item.php?id=3120 Every category said fulfilled, and the whole idea of it began to really sink in - goodness, I've really done it, said Kocourek. Graduation was wonderful, says Kocourek who, at the age of 53, received her medical degree from the UW SMPH. Its been a long road to medicine for Kocourek, who at an early age has always known she wanted to be in medicine. However, opportunities for women in medicine in the 1970s were not what they are today. After graduating from high school, Kocourek met with a counselor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He said medicine is too hard for women and that we should be nurses or social workers, said Kocourek, emphasizing that she doesnt fault the counselor and says it was just a reflection of the times. Kocourek says medicine wasnt right for her after high school. She surmised that if she couldnt stand up to the counselor, at that time, she wouldnt have had the kind of courage she thought it would take to get through medical school during that era. Kocourek choose to study criminal justice. She said she chose it because it was an offshoot of social work and was in a medical-related area. Her criminal justice studies lasted three years. I was never in it, said Kocourek."