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Chief Residents 2013 - 2014






Hometown: My folks were in the Air Force so we moved around a lot. I've probably lived in Northern Virginia the most.

Medical School: University of Virginia

Career Plans: Academic Medicine/Geriatrics

Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: The unique combined medicine-geriatrics program here afforded me the opportunity to have an education rich in the care of a variety of patients with continuity of care of nursing home patients in addition to my regular internal medicine continuity patients. The Resident Spouse Association really made it easy for us "out of towners" to fit right in.

Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee Everything really is just 20 minutes away. Fun things to do include walking along the lakefront, visiting the art museum, the zoo, and the Pabst mansion.

One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: There is a really cool underground railroad stop at the Milton House. Also, Kopps Frozen Custard is an important thing to try while here.

Interesting Fact About Me: I have an adorable baby girl. I speak conversational Tibetan.


Jennifer Carnahan, MD, MPH
VA Patient Safety Chief












Hometown: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tessa Damm, DO
Off-Cycle Chief 2013

Career Plans: Critical Care Medicine

Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: Program leadership who 
strive very hard to maintain an appropriate balance between service
and education; autonomy and mentorship. Ultimately I felt both
well-trained in internal medicine as well as being well-prepared for

Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: The city is extremely accessible with a 
variety of things to do ranging from great restaurants, music and ethnic festivals, theater, a unique art museum, and outdoor recreation.    

One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: Attend one of the
many outdoor summertime festivals OR Friday Fish Fry & A Flick OR
yoga in the Calatrava Milwaukee Art Museum.

Interesting Fact About Me: I spent a year living in England and working
for the National Health Service prior to medical school. 














Rachel Johnson, MD
Med/Peds Chief


                                             Hometown: Beatrice, Nebraska

                                             Medical School: University of Nebraska

                                             Career Plans
General Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

                                             Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW
The people! Working with such talented, 
intelligent and compassionate 
                                colleagues every day has made me a
better physician and a 
                                             better person in general.
I could not have asked for better
                                             people to go through residency with!

                                             Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee
Summers are gorgeous! The trail
                                             system is extensive which is great for
biking, running, etc.  
There are also lots of outdoor concerts
in the Summer from
Summerfest to Jazz in the Park to
Summer Solstice. 

                                            One Thing You Must Try While
Living in Wisconsin

Rent a pontoon boat with some
friends and spend 
                                            a summer afternoon boating up and down the
Milwaukee River and out
                                            into Lake Michigan. You can bring all
the food and beverages 
                                             you want on board and even
stopoff at local bars/restaurants
                                            along the way!

                                            Interesting Fact About Me
My husband also completed
residency at MCW and now is an
anesthesiologist at 
                                                                                                                           Community Memorial Hospital.
I had the chance to train for 
                                                                                                                                the Chicago Marathon and the Chicago Triathlon
during residency, 
                                                                                                                               so you can find time to do the things
you love even with  
                                                                                                                                a busy residency schedule.







Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

 Jon Thompson, MD

Career Plans: Hematology/Oncology

Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: It is a challenging yet fair
program with a diverse patient population that prepares you to be
an excellent clinician by the time you graduate. The program director
and other leadership is also very supportive and forward-thinking.

Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: We have a beautiful lakefront, eclectic restaurants, award-winning breweries, and year-round access to
professional sports.

One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: Go to a Packers
game in Green Bay.

Interesting Fact About Me: I have a newborn son and am a burgeoning
home brewer (not directly related).







                                Hometown: Pittsville, Wisconsin

Amalia Wegner, MD

                                Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

                                Career Plans: Primary Care 

                                Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW
Long-lasting friendships made along the way.  

                               Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Fair; Milwaukee Brewers and the Sausage  
                                Races; breweries; Milwaukee County Zoo. 

                               One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin:
Two types of cheese curds which are the fried cheese  
                               curds and un-fried cheese curds (aka squeaky cheese). 
                                Also, Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss is a personal favorite.

                               Interesting Fact About Me:
My favorite foods are cheese, chocolate, and beer. 
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