Welcome to the DFMCH’s FY19 annual report, a summary of our faculty and staff activities from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. I’m grateful to all of our faculty and staff for their skill and dedication: our work depends on you!
In FY19, we provided care for 348,648 patient visits (153,465 total patient panel) in our 17 statewide clinics. We continued to improve patient care quality by implementing a pilot program to improve clinic access, appointment utilization, and patient satisfaction with scheduling; collaborating across primary care to advance behavioral health services; and partnering with communities to offer resources for patients in need of food, transportation, housing, employment, utility assistance and legal assistance. In addition, several clinics received the Wisconsin Immunization Program’s “Big Shot” award for ensuring 90% of their pediatric populations are up-to-date on vaccinations; and four clinics are now offering medication assisted treatment (Suboxone and Vivitrol) to patients with a substance use disorder, while also training residents on how to deal with this important health issue.
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 2019, 26 (59%) entered practice in-state.
- We ranked eighth in Family Medicine Residency Programs in US News and World Report in 2019.
- We taught 511 UW School of Medicine and Public Health students, and for the sixth time, the American Academy of Family Physicians named our Family Medicine Interest Group a Program of Excellence.
In addition, our researchers received $8.8 million in grant awards in FY19. 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, listed on pages 10-11 of this report.
Over the next year, we look forward to further improving how we care for patients, building on our educational partnerships, 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