Pediatrics: Medical Education

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Med-Peds Program Leadership

Heather Toth, MD, Program Director -  Dr. Toth received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and joined the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics combined residency program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee in 2001. During residency, Dr. Toth served as President for the National Med-Peds Residents' Association (NMPRA) and enjoyed working with other Med-Peds physicians across the nation.  Dr. Toth served an additional year as a 5th year Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at MCW. Since then, Dr. Toth has remained at the Medical College of Wisconsin in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics as an Associate Professor and a Hospitalist for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. "I truly enjoy my career and feel that Med-Peds is well-suited for optimal patient care and endless opportunities!"

Stephen Malcom, MD, Associate Program Director - Dr. Malcom was born in Chicago, a South Sider and lifelong White Sox fan.  He completed his undergraduate education at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.  Work experiences throughout high school and college in a variety of hospital-based jobs -- janitor, groundskeeper, phlebotomist, physical therapy aide -- helped Dr. Malcom confirm that he loves working with patients.  He attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Looking for a place with excellent training in an academic setting as well as a supportive community for his family, Dr. Malcom went from knowing very little about MCW in the interview season of 2006 to making the program his top choice on Match Day 2007.

Dr. Malcom's four years as a med-peds resident and his time as Chief Resident confirmed his initial impression of the program.  "At MCW, I learn from with dedicated physicians who are leaders in primary care as well as sub-specialties in both internal medicine and pediatrics.  Despite these credentials, the faculty as a group are very down-to-earth.  They take the time to ask how I am doing, as well as my wife and children.  MCW has a culture that emphasizes professional improvement balanced with personal fulfillment." 

Rachel Johnson, MD, Chief ResidentDr. Johnson grew up in a small town in Eastern Nebraska and then attended undergrad at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  After four years in southern California, she returned to her native Nebraska to complete medical school.  There she met her husband, also a medical student, and the two of them chose Medical College of Wisconsin as the right place to continue their medical training.  “On the interview trail, I was impressed by the strength of both the pediatric and the internal medicine categorical programs at MCW and how highly the med-peds residents were valued by both programs.  The med-peds residents, themselves, were equally impressive as they truly enjoyed the career they had chosen but also knew how to have fun together too."

Over the past four years, Dr. Johnson has truly enjoyed the beautiful Wisconsin outdoors, especially through running and biking.  She had the opportunity to train for and complete the Chicago Marathon and the Chicago triathlon during residency, along with other local Wisconsin races.  Rachel and her husband have also enjoyed the Milwaukee music scene from Summerfest, to free outdoor concerts, to listening to great musicians at local venues.  “MCW has been a wonderful place to train, not only because of the amazing clinical experience and medical teaching our program offers, but also because of the amazing people I get to work with every day.  I feel so blessed to have trained with such intelligent, supportive and caring faculty, residents and staff.”  Dr. Johnson is thankful for the opportunity to continue to on with the program as chief resident.   After completion of chief year, she plans to pursue a career in primary care med-peds. 

Carri Brewer, MPA, Program Coordinator - Carri was born and raised in Wisconsin.  Carri completed her undergraduate education at UW-La Crosse and then attended UW-Milwaukee for graduate school.  Carri's background is in data management and program evaluation, and has been with the Med-Peds Program since 2009.   Carri lives in Wauwatosa with her husband Curt, two children Ella (10) and Isaac (8), and dog, Haggis (13).  When not at MCW, Carri enjoys traveling, playing games and putting together puzzles with her children, and spending time in Door County with her family and friends.  If asked about the Med-Peds Program, Carri would say, "I truly enjoy spending time with the residents and program leadership both at work and outside of work.  I am proud to be part of such an outstanding program."
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