Val Gilchrist, MD

Valerie Gilchrist, MD – Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

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

FY 2018 Key Facts - Annual Report

Year in Review

DFMCH Annual Report 2018

July: 53 residents entered our statewide programs, including 10 at two new academic partner programs: the Aurora Lakeland Rural Training Track and the Aurora Waukesha Family Medicine Residency Program.

September: Nick Turkal, MD, presented the Farley Visiting Professor Lecture.

October: John Frey, MD, received the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine.

William Heifner, MD, named the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians’ 2017 Family Physician of the Year; Paul Klas, MD, named the 2017 Family Medicine Educator of the Year.

November: Dennis Baumgardner, MD, received the 2017 Renner Award; Jennifer Lochner, MD, received the 2017 Hansen Lectureship; Jeffrey Grossman, MD, received the Chair’s Award.

February: Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, appointed to the Wisconsin Governor’s Commission on Substance Abuse Treatment Delivery.

Kevin Thao, MD, MPH, received a Wisconsin Alumni Association “Forward Under 40” award.

April: Randall Brown, MD, PhD, DFASAM, named to oversee a Wisconsin Department of Health Services-funded statewide addiction consultation hotline.

May: Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors in the Office of Infectious Diseases at the CDC.

Valerie Gilchrist, MD, receives the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s 2018 F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award.

The DFMCH honored 23 medical students, residents and faculty mentors at the McGovern-Tracy and Student Scholars Award ceremony.

June: 44 residents graduated; 31 (71%) entered practice in Wisconsin.

AAFP names University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Family Medicine Interest Group a Program of Excellence for the fourth year in a row.