New Chief Resident Q&A with Peter Kleinschmidt, MD

Dr. Peter KleinschmidtPeter Kleinschmidt, MD

Trowbridge Endowed Primary Care Track Chief Resident
Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Plans: General Internal Medicine
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 am the Trowbridge Endowed Chief Resident for the Primary Care Track within the internal medicine residency. In addition to practicing in general internal medicine, I also have interests in quality improvement and health information technology.
What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
As a "Lifer" of the University of Wisconsin completing my undergraduate, medical school, and residency training here, Madison has long been the place I've called home. During my time here, I have seen faculty in Department of Medicine as some of the stand-out role models in teaching, research, and clinical excellence. I'm excited to join these incredible individuals within the department as I continue to grow in my career. 
What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I am enjoying the diversity of responsibilities I've taken with becoming the Primary Care Track Chief Resident. I'm discovering it as a unique position within the department in that it allows me to continue to work with residents and grow my teaching skills while also exploring clinical medicine more deeply through independent practice at the University Station Clinic. 
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy spending most of my free time these days with my 5 month old son, August. I also love to make music - my wife and I have sang together in a community ensemble, the Madison Chamber Choir, for many years.
Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
Never stop asking "Why?".