University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health


Welcome from the Interim Program Director

Dr. Jeremy Smith

Dear colleague, 

Greetings! Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine Residency Program. Let me first say that we use the word “colleague” deliberately; our vision at Wisconsin is to work collaboratively with you to help you achieve your dreams here. We are your partners in this journey of yours; our role is to use our experience and guidance to train you to be the best physician you can be, and set you on the path to the career you’ve imagined.

Flexibility and mentorship permeate our culture. The University of Wisconsin is one of the great public universities of the world, and at the same time, we deliver personalized training that emphasizes your individuality and your goals. We provide our trainees unparalleled guidance and coaching, and the careers of our resident graduates are the yardsticks by which we measure our success.

Resident wellness is another core value of our program. Residency is not just about work! It is what you do, not who you are, and we help you integrate those two parts of your life. It’s crucial to us that you spend time with friends and family, explore Madison, and take care of yourself outside of the hospital.

Ultimately, of course, residency is about clinical training, and we invite you to learn more about the matchless breadth and depth of our world-class training opportunities. Our rigorous, comprehensive clinical experiences will make you an outstanding internist, no matter where your post-residency life takes you.

We are so proud of the quality of our residency training. We want to see you succeed! Please reach out to us directly if we can answer questions or otherwise help you in your journey.

Jeremy Smith, MD
Interim Program Director

Welcome from the Chair

Dr. Lynn Schnapp

Welcome to Madison! 

I am delighted you are interested in the internal medicine residency program at the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine. As chair, it’s such a privilege to work with each new class of talented residents.

Drs. Smith, Lavin, and I—along with all of our energetic and engaged residency faculty—support and propel our trainees to become leaders in clinical care, education and research.

Our residency program is guided by the Wisconsin Idea: the philosophy that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of our walls. A guiding principle of the University of Wisconsin for more than a century, the Wisconsin Idea permeates our residency, our department, our school and our university. It serves as our mandate to improve the health of communities throughout the region and beyond, and symbolizes our long-standing commitment to public service.

We work closely to ensure a robust educational experience for all of our residents. Our full spectrum of training opportunities includes a categorical residency with numerous special-interest and learner-directed pathways, a primary care track and a physician-scientist program.

I’m especially proud that our graduates have gone onto successful careers as primary care and subspecialty clinicians, academic physician scientists, public health practitioners, and everything in between. Whatever your interests, we make sure you get the skills and experiences you need to pursue the career of your dreams.

What’s more, your training takes place in a welcoming environment built on a love of learners and learning. Innovation, inclusivity, well-being and mentorship are hallmarks of our program. We teach the value of professionalism and the importance of approaching patients and families with beneficence and integrity. And we treat each other with kindness and good humor.

We seek compassionate physicians who enjoy being part of an integrated multidisciplinary health care team, who want to provide outstanding care for people with diverse backgrounds, and who will become future leaders in medicine.

On behalf of the UW Department of Medicine, I’m excited to introduce you to our program and to our wonderful city—a great place to live and learn. The opportunities that await you here are phenomenal.

Again, thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting and learning more about you.

Lynn M. Schnapp, MD, ATSF
George R. and Elaine Love Professor
Chair, Department of Medicine
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine