Chief Residents

Chief Residents (2017-2018)

Amber Hertz-Tang, MD

Amber Hertz-Tang, MD

Bridges Family Endowed Chief Resident

I selected this program because its core aims aligned with my personal values. Our program prioritizes patient-centered, humanistic care and developing a sense of meaning and purpose in our work and lives. As a chief resident, my goal is to help our residents develop their identities as clinicians, educators, and leaders. It is such an honor to mentor and advocate for our residents and to contribute to the excellence of a program that has done so much for my personal growth and professional development.

Peter Kleinschmidt, MD

Peter Kleinschmidt, MD

Trowbridge Endowed Primary Care Track Chief Resident

The training I have received at UW has allowed me to cultivate my love for the art of medicine. We are supported by faculty and staff who are compassionate, curious, and skillful. The guidance I received from the chief residents and program leadership throughout my training has helped me to realize both personal and professional growth that I never imagined at the start of my residency. I look forward to the opportunity to help guide other residents through similar successes. Further, as chief resident for primary care track, I am excited to help train the next generation of general internists for excellence in outpatient clinical medicine.

Scott Saunders, MD

Scott Saunders, MD

Page Family Endowed Chief Resident

Internal Medicine residency at UW was one of the most formative experiences of my life thus far, both personally and professionally, due in large part to the people that guided me throughout. Some of the most impactful mentors I have had in the last few years were my chief residents, and I am excited about the opportunity to potentially fill that role for current residents. Balancing life, work, and learning in residency is challenging. My goal as a chief resident is to be an advocate for the well-being of our residents, provide meaningful educational experiences, and hopefully instill some fun along the way so that our residents become exceptional, well-rounded clinicians.

Kevin Wenzke, MD

Kevin Wenzke, MD

Vogelman/Carnes Family Endowed Chief Resident

Receiving my medicine training at UW has been an incredible experience supported by outstanding teachers and mentors. We are fortunate to be part of a culture here that fosters teamwork, professional development and kindness, all while providing excellent patient care, education and scholarship. It is a privilege to serve as chief resident and give back to the program that has provided me with the skills to succeed in a career in medicine.

Chief Residents (2016-2017)

Vidthya Abraham, MD

Vidthya Abraham, MD

Trowbridge Endowed Primary Care Track Chief Resident

The program at UW provided me with a tremendous learning environment made up of rigorous clinical opportunities, innovation, scholarship, and, at the heart of it all, a culture that values compassionate, patient centered care. I am incredibly grateful for the camaraderie of my fellow co-residents, the guidance of my mentors, and the commitment of program leaders in nurturing my professional goals. This community truly enriched my experience during the most formative years of my development as a physician. As primary care track chief resident, I am excited to share my interests in outpatient clinical medicine and to support each resident in their own journey through residency training.

Dr. Abraham is currently a primary care physician at UW Health University Station Clinic in Madison, WI.

Emily Joachim, MD

Emily Joachim, MD

Bridges Family Endowed Chief Resident

Throughout my medical training, I have viewed my chief residents as models of professionalism, astute teachers and advocates for residents. I have been fortunate to benefit from the mentorship of prior chief residents at UW, as they have encouraged and supported me during my journey through residency, helping to shape me into a physician who continues to be eager to learn, enthusiastic about caring for patients, and supportive of my colleagues. I hope to continue to provide this type of mentorship to the residents in our program, and look forward to working with residents and faculty to provide the best possible experience and education to our residents.

Dr. Joachim is currently a nephrology fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.

Jeff Lin, MD

Jeff Lin, MD

Page Family Endowed Chief Resident

Residency is an exciting, formative time of personal growth and professional development. Our program cultivates a vibrant clinical and academic environment in which individuals can pursue their unique interests and achieve personalized career objectives. In my time at UW, I've been so fortunate to work with a number of wonderful mentors and hope to serve in the same capacity as chief resident.

Dr. Lin is currently a cardiovascular medicine fellow at Stanford University in Stanford, CA.

Jess Tischendorf, MD

Jess Tischendorf, MD

Vogelman/Carnes Family Endowed Chief Resident

During my residency, I benefited greatly from the outstanding mentorship in patient care, research and education offered by our prior chiefs, program leadership and faculty. From early in my intern year I was provided opportunities that fostered my interest in medical education; these opportunities influenced my decision to pursue a career as a clinician educator. As a chief resident, I am thrilled to work with residency leadership and my fellow chiefs to enhance my skills as an educator and mentor to our residents.

Dr. Tischendorf is currently a women's health fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.