Match Day

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Match Day 2023 brings excitement as medical students learn residency placements
Excitement, nerves and anticipation often accompany travel plans — so the student-selected theme of “Where to Next?” was the perfect complement to Match Day at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health on Friday, March 17, the day medical students nationwide learned where they were matched for clinical residency training programs.
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Visual Slideshow

Watch a video slideshow from the Match Day celebration.

Match Map

map of the united state features red pins
MD students in attendance at the onsite Match Day celebration were able to add a pin to this map, in line with the event theme of “Where to next.”

Download the Match Day Playlist

Enjoy a playlist made for the Class of 2023 while you were waiting to learn…Where to next?

Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association Teaching Awards

Outstanding Resident Award
James Barrett, MD
General surgery, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Amongst medical students, Dr. Barrett is known for his advocacy for medical student education. Many students shared that he consistently goes out of his way to create learning opportunities that are tailored to individual interests. He has come to the defense of students to protect the training environment, keeping it safe, even if we take a little longer to close an incision. 

Students shared: “Dr. Barrett has struck on a simple yet profound insight: that you can revolutionize a grueling, unforgiving, and intense service by choosing to be kind. And maybe letting medical students out a little early. Also, thank you for the pancake breakfasts and the rooftop burgers.” 

Clinical Science Teaching Award – Madison
Sam Lubner, MD, associate professor, Department of Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

A student shared: “I am truly grateful for Dr. Lubner’s delightful sense of humor, coupled with the ease of discussing my concerns with him in a straightforward manner. It is noteworthy that he possesses a remarkable sensitivity towards the needs of modern-day medical students. In addition to this, Dr. Lubner’s exceptional compassion and genuine care for his students as individuals extend beyond the classroom, a trait that I hold in high esteem and sincerely appreciate.”

Clinical Science Teaching Award – Green Bay
Jonathan Kriescher, DO, internal medicine physician, Aurora BayCare Medical Center

A student shared: “Dr. Kriescher is a brilliant physician and a role model for humanistic medicine. He takes extra time to review difficult concepts with students, asks questions not to test but to promote learning, and uses clinical examples to reinforce the topic at hand to ensure building clinical confidence on the wards. Not only is he a great teacher, but he is also sound in his clinical reasoning, therefore providing a strong example for applying diagnostic principles, and being a steward of healthcare resources to provide the best and highest value care for the patients he serves.”

Clinical Teaching Award – La Crosse
Rick Erdman, MD,  internal medicine physician, Gundersen Health System

Students shared: “Dr. Erdman goes out of his way to make sure that medical students have an educational experience. Even on days that medical students are not with him, he will come and find them if he has an injection or an interesting case for them to see. He will let students see as many patients as they want to even if that means he falls behind.”

“Dr. Erdman consistently goes out of his way to teach key clinical pearls to students even when they are not directly working with him. I always felt like he truly cared about my education and my growth as a physician.” 

Clinical Teaching Award – Marshfield
Katherine Winiarczyk, MD,  internal medicine and palliative care physician, Marshfield Medical Center

A student said: “Dr. Winiarcyzk is a fantastic mentor for Phase 2 students who rotate through the Marshfield Clinic System for their Care Across the Lifecycle block. She sets clear expectations upfront and emphasizes patient ownership from her medical students throughout all aspects of patient care – both of which make her an excellent preceptor. Practicing in her hometown of Ladysmith, she is a role model for the impact physicians can have in outlying rural communities given her numerous roles which include but are not limited to: primary care, palliative and hospice care, medical director local skilled nursing facilities, administrative duties, and – finally – being an excellent mentor and teacher for future physicians. Thank you, Dr. Winiarcyzk for all you do for us, your patients, and your community as a whole.”               

Clinical Teaching Award – Milwaukee
Victoria Gillet, MD, internal medicine physician, Sinai’s internal medicine clinic

A student shared: “Over two rotations with Dr. Gillet, I noticed her unique prioritization of my learning. She adjusted her own schedule so that we could spend more time together. She encouraged me to push myself to assist with a talk on structural competency to residents. Each day, she provided helpful, actionable feedback to improve efficiency in primary care and organically built a learning environment where I felt comfortable asking any question. I particularly loved her honesty when she did not know an answer, which was often followed by an earnest search to find one. Dr. Gillet made me feel like an important member of the team, which is a sensation I crave but have rarely felt as a medical student.”

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The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to accessibility. If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event, please contact the SMPH signature events team at We ask that accommodation requests be made no less than two weeks before an event. We will make a thorough attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.