Welcome to the DFMCH’s FY18 annual report, a summary of our faculty and staff activities from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. Our faculty and staff are extraordinary, and we have a lot to be proud of!
In FY18, we provided care for 359,028 patient visits (151,410 total patient panel) in our 18 statewide clinics. We continued to improve patient care quality by implementing a follow-up process for patients with hypertension, developing a workflow for annual wellness visits for patients with Medicare and launching a new care coordination program to decrease hospital utilization for high-risk patients. In addition, we created a new maternal-child teaching service at UnityPoint Health–Meriter in which our residents and faculty provide hospital care for pregnant women and their infants.
We continue our commitment to educating primary care providers for Wisconsin.
- Of the 44 residents in our sponsored and academic partner programs who graduated in 2018, 31 (71%) entered practice in-state—well above the national average of less than 50%.
- We welcomed residents from our two new academic partners: the Aurora Lakeland Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency and the Aurora Waukesha Family Medicine Residency Program.
- We taught 810 UW School of Medicine and Public Health students, and for the fourth year in a row, the American Academy of Family Physicians named our Family Medicine Interest Group a Program of Excellence.
In addition, our researchers received $6.1 million in grant awards in FY18. Their work focuses on preventing and treating addiction and substance misuse, conducting surveillance for infectious diseases and implementing systems-engineering approaches for improving ambulatory care.
And don’t miss the numerous national awards our faculty received this past year.
I’m grateful to all of our faculty and staff for their skill and dedication: our work depends on you! Over the next year, we look forward to building on our educational partnerships, further improving how we care for patients, strengthening our research program and expanding our community health efforts. Because health lives here, in Wisconsin.
Valerie Gilchrist, MD
Millard Professor in Community Health
Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health