On July 1, 2016, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) welcomed 43 new residents statewide.
New this year are the four residents beginning their education at the La Crosse Family Medicine Residency Program at Gundersen Health System. The DFMCH serves as the academic partner for that new program.
We also said goodbye to 38 graduating residents, 20 of whom will enter practice in Wisconsin.
Get to know the new residents below!
Baraboo Rural Training Track (RTT)
- One incoming resident has a passion for women’s health and obstetrics. She also completed a marine mammal training internship and volunteers for Lifestriders, a therapeutic riding program for children with special needs.
- One incoming resident studied biochemistry and x-ray crystallography as a Fulbright scholar in Heidelberg, Germany, before entering medical school.
- One graduate will enter a high-risk obstetrics fellowship in Duluth, Minnesota.
- One graduate will remain in Wisconsin and pursue a career in urgent care.
Eau Claire Residency
- Two incoming residents are from the Midwest: one from Minneapolis and one from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Two are from Ontario, Canada (Hamilton and Sudbury) and one is from Atlanta.
- Three residents had laboratory experience before entering medical school: one did clinical research on multiple sclerosis imaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital; one was a teaching associate in her college’s biology lab, and one worked as a project manager and lab technician in a neuroscience laboratory.
- The new residents’ diverse clinical interests include pediatric care; hospital medicine; urgent care; obstetrics and access to care for women; osteopathic manipulative treatment, nutrition management; and health maintenance.
- Three of the program’s graduating residents will enter practices close to their home towns: in Superior, Wisconsin; Fargo, ND; and Champlin, MN.
- The remaining two graduates will enter practice in Coon Rapids, MN, and rural upstate New York.
La Crosse Residency
This is the first class of residents at the La Crosse Family Medicine Residency Program at Gundersen Health System.
- All four incoming residents completed medical school in Wisconsin: three at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and one at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
- Before entering the program, one incoming resident volunteered at free clinics serving the Tsachila community in Ecuador; another completed a scholarly project on child advocacy during medical school.
- Incoming residents’ clinical interests include preventive care, sports medicine, environmental health, full-scope family medicine with obstetrics, and care for underserved populations.
- Incoming residents’ service work includes volunteering for AmeriCorps in Detroit, Madison and Milwaukee; conducting mental health screening research in Ecuador; completing an OB/GYN rotation at a low-resource public hospital in Panama; and creating a program to identify and treat malnutrition in rural Mali and Senegal.
- Incoming residents’ political action includes organizing an advocacy seminar series to empower medical students to lobby elected officials, and working closely with U.S. Senate leadership during the 2009 national health care debate to help develop policy related to the Affordable Care Act.
- In medical school, incoming residents organized a discussion forum for students, healthcare leaders and the community; co-founded a Health Disparities Interest Group; and served as class coordinator for the Medical Spanish course and as class representative for the Medical Student Association.
- Both incoming osteopathic residents completed a one-year osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) teaching fellowship at their respective medical schools.
- Eight of the program’s 14 graduating residents will enter practice in Wisconsin.
- One graduate will travel to New Zealand to practice as a locum physician.
- Five graduates will be entering fellowships: two at the DFMCH, two at the SMPH Department of Medicine, and one at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
- The program’s 11 incoming residents come from all over the U.S.: Texas, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and of course, Wisconsin.
- Five of the incoming residents hope to focus on health disparities and care for the underserved after completing residency.
- Other clinical interests include preventive medicine, integrative medicine, sports medicine, HIV, behavioral and mental health care, geriatrics and end-of-life care.
- Five of the program’s 10 graduating residents will enter practice in Wisconsin; of those, one will practice at a federally qualified health center in Milwaukee, one will enter a fellowship at the Aurora Wiselives Center in Milwaukee, one will practice at Aurora Urgent Care, and two will practice for health systems in Neenah and Platteville.
- Another program graduate will enter a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine in Athens, Ohio.
- Two graduates will relocate to Oakland, California, and Dallas, Texas.
- Three incoming residents are from Wisconsin (two are even from the same town, Stratford). Two more are from California, and one is from Minnesota.
- Four incoming residents are doctors of osteopathic medicine. Before entering residency, one completed an academic fellowship in osteopathic manipulative medicine and another completed a Spanish language immersion course.
- Incoming residents’ personal interests include family, music, hunting, fishing, hiking, sports, and surfing.
- One resident who graduated in December 2015 has entered hospitalist practice in San Diego, California.
- Three residents who graduated in June will enter hospitalist practice in Wisconsin: two in Wausau, and one in Fond du Lac. Two residents will graduate in August and will enter primary care practice in Wisconsin: in Mosinee and Medford.
- One resident is anticipated to graduate in December and will finalize practice plans then.
Published: July 2016