Medical College of Wisconsin General Internal Medicine Primary Care Education

Patient Physician

Residents in the General Internal Medicine Clinic

Residents have their own clinic, where they get to know their own panel of patients over a 3-year period, following them through all their health events. They are identified as “my doctor” by their patients and develop close relationships. Every resident is overseen by an attending, who supervises care, and teaches residents specifics around outpatient medicine. Residents also work closely in teams, including social workers, pharmacist, medical assistants, and nurse practitioners to care for their patients. Given the educational atmosphere, residents are able to discuss patients in a conference with their team, truly providing exceptional and cutting-edge care for their patients.
MCW Community Connection Partnership Opportunities

Sixteenth Street Community Center Partnership

In partnership with the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC), the Internal Medicine Residency program now offers a continuity clinic site at SSCHC that helps to train future internal medicine physicians on the unique needs of vulnerable, marginalized, and immigrant populations. In addition, this continuity clinic offers opportunities to learn about and care for people living with HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and care of LGBTQA+ populations. This is an area of increasing importance and national focus for training programs, and we are excited to be at the cutting edge of this work.

Educational Opportunities

Other Trainees

As the largest internal medicine training clinic in Wisconsin, we are a major site for first year medical students to complete their “Clinical Apprenticeship” and 4th year students to complete their ambulatory rotations. Nurse Practitioner students are trained by our NP staff, and we continue to train pharmacy residents, and other staff.

Academic Fellowship

This fellowship is a division of MCW General Internal Medicine and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. The mission is to train physicians and associated health professionals to advance clinical care, teaching, scholarship, and system improvements related to the advancement of healthcare for women.

Primary Care Educational Events

GIM Seminars and Grand Rounds

The GIM seminar series offers a high-yield session that is meant to support the professional development of all GIM faculty. It provides early and mid-career faculty a platform to participate and present at these sessions and to earn CME credits.

These are scheduled for the 1st& 3rd Friday of the month from 12:00-1:00 PM.

Learning Academy Lecture Series

Presenters discuss their innovative work experience and provide tips and suggestions for success. The idea behind the CME accredited learning academy is to approach a topic in a way that is accessible to everyone who is interested irrespective of pre-existing skill level. These are monthly sessions with the total number of sessions being anywhere between 3 and 8. The overall goal is to create session series addressing med-ed, quality, research, and community engagement topics that are of interest to members of the division.

The series occurs once or twice a month on a Tuesday from 12:00-1:00 PM.

Faculty Development 

Dr. Jha is tasked with optimizing the Academic/Educational Programs and activities in alignment with Divisional and Departmental strategic goals and in partnership with GIM’s leadership team. Dr. Jha is responsible for the oversight of academic productivity of the faculty and trainees in the division and ensuring even stronger contribution to the academic mission of MCW.


Pinky Jha, MD, MPH, FACP

Associate Professor

Additional Programs


Every primary care faculty and APP is placed in a mentor/mentee relationship, helping them toward professional development and promotion.

Journal Club

Our monthly Primary Care Section Meeting is largely devoted to a journal club, reviewing key research articles that impact our daily clinical work.

Affinity Groups

Groups that are organized in the wider GIM division that help faculty and APPs to promote scholarship and collaboration. These affinity groups provide opportunity to faculty and mid-levels to join 8 different groups based on their interest, including Research, Quality Improvement (QI), Medical Education and Case Reports.