New faculty Q&A with Alexandra Wick, MD

Alexandra Wick, MDAlexandra Wick, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Hospital Medicine

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
In addition to striving for excellence in clinical care, my professional focus is in medical education at the undergraduate medical and graduate levels. Specifically, I am interested in curriculum development for simulation-based learning.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
I grew up in Wisconsin and treasured my time as a medical student on the medicine and critical care services at UW. I am delighted to return to Madison to give back to the community that helped shape me into the physician I am today.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
In my first year, I am most excited to teach medical students and residents on the wards and further develop my skills as a clinician and educator.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling. I also enjoy training my golden retriever puppy, baking, and knitting.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
I was taught to never lose the intellectual curiosity that initially drew me to medicine. Always ask why – why this patient? Why now? This helps me to understand and care for my patients on a deeper level, taking into account both social determinants of health as well as the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease.