Bill Schwab, MD

Bill Schwab, MD – Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Welcome to the DFMCH’s FY20 annual report, a summary of our faculty and staff activities from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Our faculty and staff are extraordinary, and we have a lot to be proud of this year!

In FY20, we provided care for 314,333 patient visits (154,370 total patient panel) in our 17 statewide clinics. We continued to improve patient care quality by temporarily consolidating some of our clinics for the safety of our patients and staff during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic; offering telehealth visits; expanding resident well-being and resilience initiatives; participating in the balanced opioid research initiative to improve opioid prescribing practices; and improving  behavioral health access.

We continue our commitment to educating primary care providers for Wisconsin.

  • Of the 50 residents in our sponsored and academic partner programs who graduated in 2020, 33 (66%) entered practice or fellowship in-state.
  • We ranked 4th in family medicine residency programs in US News and World Report.
  • We taught 482 UW School of Medicine and Public Health students, and for the seventh time, the American Academy of Family Physicians named our Family Medicine Interest Group a Program of Excellence.

In addition, our researchers received $7.8 million in grant awards in FY20. 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.

William Schwab, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

FY 2020 Key Facts - Annual Report


Year in Review

2020 Annual Report Cover

July: 54 residents entered our statewide sponsored and academic partner programs.

September: Marji Gold, MD, presented the Farley Visiting Professor Lecture.

October: William Schwab, MD, appointed assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

November: The Rural Health Equity Track and Addiction Medicine Fellowship both received grants from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Cynthia Haq, MD, received the 2019 Renner Award; Ronni Hayon, MD, received the 2019 Hansen Lectureship. Louis Sanner, MD, MSPH, received the AAFP Award for Distinguished and Meritorious Service to Family Medicine.

January: Even O. Nelson, PT, DPT, PhD, received the Excellence in Research Award from the national professional association for sports PT.

Susan Wenker, PT, PhD, MS, received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association.

March: 23 new physicians matched into DFMCH residency programs.

Patricia Tellez-Giron, MD, was honored by Time Magazine for her work with the Latinx community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April: Sarina Schrager, MD, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

May: The DFMCH honored 27 medical students, residents and faculty mentors with McGovern-Tracy and Student Scholars Awards.

June: 50 residents graduated; 33 (66%) entered practice or fellowship in Wisconsin.

AAFP named University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Family Medicine Interest Group a Program of Excellence for the 7th time.