A Guide to the Department of Medicine

As the largest department within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), we are home to 11 subspecialties of internal medicine that focus on the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases in adults.

Our department is committed to advancing the health of the people of Wisconsin and beyond through high-quality, patient-centered care, innovative research, and educating the next generation of physicians and scientists.

View a PDF guide to our department.

What We Do

Patient Care
We provide patient-centered care to diagnose and treat diseases in adults.

Research
Our studies aim to better understand and cure disease.

Education
Training the next generation of physicians and scientists to practice compassionate, effective medicine, and conduct transformational research.

Our 11 Subspecialty Divisions

Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

 

Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

allergies, asthma and diseases of the lungs

Cardiovascular Medicine

 

Cardiovascular Medicine 

diseases of the heart and blood vessels

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

 

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

diabetes, obesity and endocrine disorders

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

 

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

diseases of the stomach, intestines, and liver

General Internal Medicine

 

General Internal Medicine

primary care

Geriatrics and Gerontology

 

Geriatrics and Gerontology

age-related conditions and diseases

Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care

 

Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care

cancer, blood disease and supportive care

Hospital Medicine

 

Hospital Medicine

general medical care of hospitalized patients

Infectious Disease

 

Infectious Disease

research of, transplant, and surgical infectious disease

Nephrology

 

Nephrology

diseases of the kidneys

Rheumatology

 

Rheumatology

muscle, bone, ligament, and tendon diseases

Research

Department of Medicine researchers conduct laboratory-based biomedical studies to better understand the cellular and molecular underpinnings of disease, carry out clinical studies to yield new tests and therapies and lead health services research to improve the effectiveness of health care systems.

283 Studies currently underway

637 published papers in 2020

Education

The Department of Medicine provides nationally-recognized, innovative programs for every stage of medical education

Undergraduate or graduate school: Many of our faculty members serve as research mentors for students pursuing bachelor’s degrees, master of science degrees, or PhD degrees through other UW-Madison programs. 

Medical school: Hundreds of our faculty and clinical adjunct faculty members provide classroom and clinical instruction for students in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program at the SMPH.

Residency: We are home to the UW Internal Medicine Residency Program, in partnership with UW Health. After graduating from medical school, physicians must complete residency: three years of in-depth clinical training necessary for practice and board certification in internal medicine. As of FY20, our residency program has a three-year 100 percent board exam pass rate. 

Fellowship: After residency, physicians who wish to practice in internal medicine subspecialties must complete fellowship programs. Fellowships are usually one to three years long and provide advanced training in fields such as cardiology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, or nephrology. Some physicians may complete further advanced training in sub-subspecialties such as cardiac electrophysiology. The Department of Medicine offers 22 fellowship programs. As of FY20, our fellowship programs have a three-year 99 percent board exam pass rate.

People

Based on FY20 data

1,200+ Faculty and Staff
including physicians, scientists, academic and university staff

284 Physicians and Scientists in Training
including graduate students, post-docs, residents and fellows

A Special Thanks to Our Donors

The Department of Medicine is especially grateful to the more than 500 donors who each year make generous gifts to support our work. Thank you for your generosity! 

News Term