Feedback on the quality of our program from our former residents and their supervisors has been excellent. Our graduates have praised the program for its recognition of the importance of primary care practice, its formal career guidance (lectures in career planning, financial issues, private practice) and its program directors, who carefully counsel each resident before he or she makes a final career decision. In-depth career counseling during training and even after graduation combined with program flexibility that allows residents to individualize their schedules to meet their training goals assures that residents will identify their true passion and choose an environment and career path that is most suitable for the balance they wish to strike between their personal and professional life. Residents graduate from our program well-prepared for their next career opportunity, obtain positions in practices in the community of their choice (private or academic) or in the most competitive fellowships and call back frequently to let us know that they are delighted with the medical practices they had chosen. Successful prior graduates pave the way for future graduates to gain easier entry into the positions they desire.
We have also enjoyed positive feedback from national accreditation bodies.
- The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's most recent review of our program gave us their longest credentialing cycle (10 years) and six commendations.
- The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) commented: "The site visitor complimented your training program for your vision and commitment to excellence in medical education, the 100% pass rate of your residents on the certifying examination, devotion of the attending physicians to teaching and evaluating residents, the outstanding fellowship programs, the highly rated environment and refreshing cooperation between university and medical center."
The primary care track offers residents a broad spectrum of clinical, educational, and research opportunities and prepares them well for either primary care practice or academic general internal medicine, and if they wish, future fellowship. Three exceptional hospitals allow house staff to experience medical practice in both private and public academic settings, and the UW campus provides an impressive array of patient-oriented, behavioral, population health, health services and translational research programs, role models and mentors, along with the recreational facilities of a Big Ten university. Diversity, program flexibility, and career individualization, plus Madison's outstanding quality of life make for a healthful, fostering, and pleasant place for residents to live and train.