New Chief Resident Q&A with Kevin Wenzke, MD

Kevin Wenzke, MD

Dr. Kevin WenzkeVogelman/Carnes Family Endowed Chief Resident
Medical school: Ohio State University
Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Plans: Gastroenterology fellowship
Joined the Department of Medicine as Chief Resident: July, 2017

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
I have clinical and research interests in several areas within the field of gastroenterology/hepatology and am applying for a GI fellowship. Within medical education, my co-chief residents and I are responsible for running our residency didactic conferences throughout the year, including morning report.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
I was impressed by the warmth and professionalism of the program leadership on my interview day. I felt that the training program would help me achieve my career goals and develop into the physician I aspired to be. Finally, my wife and I fell in love with Madison and have greatly enjoyed living here.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
As chief resident, I am most excited about working directly with residents this year and contributing to their education and development as physicians. I hope to continue to improve our program to provide the best possible educational experience for our residents.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy running, playing ice hockey, reading and watching college football. 

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
Whenever I'm dealing with a stressful situation in my life, my grandmother always reminds me, "don't push the panic button!"