Scholarly Activities

The Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin encourages residents to pursue clinical research opportunities. Scholarship provides residents many potential benefits including: exploration of an academic career, development of credentials to bolster their fellowship application, and nurturing intellectual curiosity.

All residents are encouraged and given financial support to present their scholarly projects at a variety of regional and national meetings. In addition, the Medical College of Wisconsin's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) supports, through pilot funding, new and promising clinical and translational projects for young investigators.

View the Faculty Collaboration Database to find a faculty member conducting research in your area of interest.


Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award

Vizient (formerly the University Health System Consortium) announced Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital as one of the top four performing academic medical centers in the nation, winning a Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. Froedtert & MCW also ranked second in the Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Leadership Award. Froedtert & MCW is the only health network in Wisconsin whose academic medical center and affiliated clinics have earned this award in 2016. The Quality and Accountability Study assesses performance across a spectrum of high-priority care dimensions. Based upon the Institute of Medicine’s Aims of Improvement, these include safety, effectiveness, equity, patient-centeredness, timeliness and efficiency. Congratulations goes out to Froedtert, the employees at Froedtert and our own Med-Peds Residents for their hard work and dedication to patient care!

2016 Annual Meeting of the National Meds-Peds Residents' Association

Medical Students, Residents, and Faculty are encouraged to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the National Med-Peds Residents' Association. The meeting will include poster presentations, case presentations, panels, and a keynote speaker on care of the underserved. If you’re a student, it’s a great time to learn more about Med-Peds as a career choice, not to mention meet up with residents and program directors. If you are a resident it is a great place to meet up with other residents from around the country, make new friends, reconnect with those who you met along the interview trail, and learn some new skills.

Carmen Wallace, MD wins 2015 MCWAH Jessica Lin AwardCarmen Wallace, MD, internal medicine-pediatrics resident

Carmen Wallace, MD, internal medicine-pediatrics resident, received the 2015 Jessica S. Lin Award for Clinical Excellence by a Resident Physician. This award recognizes an individual entering the final year of residency training for outstanding clinical and academic performance.  Dr. Heather Toth, internal medicine-pediatrics residency program director, nominated Dr. Wallace stating that she has exceeded expectations throughout training. Faculty, peers and staff respect her calm demeanor, impressive fund of knowledge, use of teamwork in accomplishing goals and dedication to patient care. Dr. Wallace has excelled in leadership roles and has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the field of medicine through volunteer work, service and scholarly pursuits.  The award is presented by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc. (MCWAH). It was established in 2010 in memory of Dr. Jessica Lin who was a highly regarded neurosurgery resident here until her accidental death in February 2010. Award expenses are provided by the Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Robert Brueggeman wins 2015 Med-Peds Faculty Award

This award is to recognize a faculty member that has shown excellence in awareness for Internal Medicine-Pediatrics by helping residents focus on the skills, insight and dedication to provide high quality care to patients with acute or chronic illnesses that may span several decades.  Thank you Dr. Brueggeman for your outstanding teaching of our residents!

Med-Peds Resident wins 2015 Dr. Larry Sarff Award

Dr. David Vitale was awarded on June 12th the Larrie D. Sarff, MD. award as selected by the pediatric house staff.  This award is given to a graduating pediatric or med-peds resident whose dedication to medical education and clinical service best exemplifies the lifelong ideals exhibited by Larrie D. Sarff, MD.

Med-Peds Resident wins 2015 Intern of the Year

Abby Walch, MD, wins the Categorical/Combined Intern of the Year Award for the Department of Medicine.

MCWAH 2015 Research Award Winners

David Vitale, MD A Retrospective Analysis of Adherence to Infliximab Treatment in a Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Cohort. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Carmen Wallace, MD Children with Sickle Cell Disease on Chronic Red Cell Transfusion Experience Fewer Hospitalizations for Acute Vaso-occlusive Episodes Irrespective of the Indication for Transfusion. American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting; Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting; Blood Journal

Med-Peds Resident wins 2014 Carl L. Junkerman, MD Award of Merit

Brittany Bettendorf, MD, wins 2014 Department of Medicine Carl L. Junkerman, MD Award of Merit.  This award is given to the resident whose work best reflects the highest standards of ethics, patient management and respect for the dignity of an individual.


American Academy of Pediatrics Delegate: Carmen Wallace, MD

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Ethics Committee: Carmen Wallace, MD

Continuity Clinic Curriculum: Sheila Swartz, MD; Ebba Hjertstedt, MD; Carmen Wallace, MD; Mike Girolami, MD; Laura Adams, MD; Kaitlyn Joyce, DO; Abby Walch, MD

Intern Recruitment Committee:  Mike Girolami, MD; Abby Walch, MD and Lindsay Hoogenboom, MD

MCWAH Graduate Medical Education Committee: Stephen Wilkinson, MD

MCWAH Health and Wellness Committee: Mike Girolami, MD

MCWAH Underrepresented in Medicine: Katrina Byrd, MD

Medicine Evaluation Committee – Abby Walch, MD; Carmen Wallace, MD; Hema Krishna, MD; Kaitlyn Joyce, DO

Medicine Quality Improvement Committee – Carmen Wallace, MD

Med-Peds Quality Improvement Committee:  Mike Girolami, MD; Shela Sridhar, MD; Ebba Hjertstedt, MD

Pediatric Resident Advisory Panel: Maura Steed, MD; Stephen Wilkinson, MD; Carmen Wallace, MD; Elizabeth Partain, MD

Pediatric Resident Evaluation and Clinical Competency Committee: Shela Sridhar, MD; Maura Steed, MD; Mike Girolami, MD; Carmen Wallace, MD



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