University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Primary Care Track Graduates

Peter Kleinschmidt, MDPeter Kleinschmidt, MD

Current title: UW-Madison Primary Care Track Chief Resident

Clinical Interests: General internal Medicine, patient safety and quality improvement, informatics

How did the University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track prepare you?
The primary care track provided me with a rigorous and diverse set of opportunities to explore medicine more deeply. This program has helped me feel confident not only in approaching the broad scope of general internal medicine, but also to be a steadfast advocate for my patients. Whether it's allying for preventive health or helping navigate the health system with a complex illness, I feel prepared to support my patients.

Why did you choose the UW Primary Care Track?
I was drawn to the University of Wisconsin's primary care track program for both the breadth of training experiences and the opportunities for individualization. I was especially excited about the model of training with excellent clinical teachers across medical sub-specialties. I think this model allows us to have a deeper understanding of the roles of our consultants while also growing more confident in both independent and co-management of complex pathology.

What would you like others to know about the UW Primary Care Track?
I have found Madison a wonderful place to call my home and start a family. While I've always felt confident I'm receiving great clinical training, I've also been incredibly happy in where I live and work.


Blythe Belzer, MDBlythe Belzer, MD

Current title: Faculty member, Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and clinical practice in the Women’s Health Clinic at UW Health West Clinic

Clinical Interests: Women’s health, preventive medicine, working with patients on lifestyle change to help treat/prevent chronic conditions, mental health care in the primary care setting

How did the University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track prepare you?
The Primary Care Track helped prepare me for a career in primary care practice in a number of ways. Allowing me the opportunity to manage a patient panel during residency and work with attendings focused on outpatient internal medicine, rotate with specialists in the outpatient setting to learn how they would manage conditions or workup that would be recommended prior to referral to specialists for care, and working on didactic coursework that focused on outpatient and chronic disease management all helped prepare me for a career in this field. Having the opportunity to work in a clinic with physicians who were dedicated to outpatient primary care practice and manage the complex patients on our panels was excellent experience before starting out in independent practice after residency.

Why did you choose the UW Primary Care Track?
The leadership in the primary care track at UW-Madison have created a dedicated program with excellent mentors and opportunities within internal medicine primary care training. The ability to work with internists who practice primary care, to have a dedicated clinic with a diverse patient panel, and to work with specialists who are dedicated to training general internists in the outpatient setting were opportunities that I felt were unique to this program.

What would you like others to know about the UW Primary Care Track?
I would recommend this program to anyone interested in a career in primary care. The opportunity to train with talented internists practicing primary care, helping to manage care for a diverse patient panel with complex medical needs, and the ability to work with specialists helping to train general internists in the ways to manage chronic illnesses and coordinate care with specialists all helped in preparing me for a career in primary care. The dedication of faculty to training residents in primary care was unique to this program and created a wonderful environment to train in during residency and allowed me to feel confident starting my career after completing residency.