Andrea Schmick

Alan Bridges, MD, professor and interim division chief, Rheumatology, senior vice chair, Department of Medicine, and chief of staff at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, has won the prestigious Veterans Heath Administration (VHA) John D. Chase Award for Executive Excellence in Health Care. This award recognizes sustained executive...
Jeff and Lynn Bakiares’ remarkable relationship with Didier Mandelbrot, MD, professor, Nephrology—and their overwhelmingly positive experiences with the UW Health kidney transplant program overall—has resulted in the creation of a new endowed professorship. Thanks to a generous gift from Jeff and Lynn Bakiares through the Virginia Lee Cook Foundation, and...
For Bret Benally Thompson, MD, clinical assistant professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, medicine was a career he dreamed of as a boy—and ultimately attained in midlife. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Benally Thompson grew up off the reservation but was immersed in the cultures...
Higher education institutions frequently offer mentored research experiences to increase undergraduate student interest, motivation and preparedness for research careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic and Medicine (STEMM) fields. However, for participating students from historically underrepresented groups, unaddressed cultural factors may hinder engagement and result in a less effective mentoring relationship...
“I completed the Health Equity Leadership Scholars program. I also have an ICTR grant to study the impact of incarceration on cancer outcomes in Wisconsin, present lectures around the health care of immigrants and refugees in Wisconsin and sit on the Graduate Medical Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.” —Farah...
“There have been many times where I've felt othered or have felt self-conscious when I may be the only person that looks or acts differently in the room. I've worked hard to ensure that new generations of scientists that come work for us never feel that way.” —Wajiha Akhtar, MPH...
“As a Latina in medicine, I experienced first-hand the unique challenges faced by underrepresented groups in medicine, from discrimination to lack of mentorship and role models." “I believe the power of the health care system can and should be used to reduce the impacts of structural racism in America.” “After...
After 42 years in the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine, including 32 as director of the internal medicine residency program, Bennett Vogelman, MD, professor, Infectious Disease, and vice chair for education, will retire on August 31, 2020. Dr. Vogelman joined the department in 1978 as an intern, and completed...
With sadness, the Department of Medicine notes the July 26, 2020, passing of Suzy Griffiths, who had served as our internal medicine residency program coordinator from 1979 until her retirement in 2008. A mother figure to a generation of residents, Griffiths understood the challenges trainees face and always wanted to...
For nearly a century, members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Medicine have worked together to heal patients, discover ways to advance care, and train the next generation of doctors dedicated to internal medicine and its related specialties. Founded in 1924, the department emerged as a university unit as...