Teaching Awards

The Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association (WMAA) presents annual teaching awards to individuals who are highly regarded by students for outstanding teaching efforts in these three categories:

  • Clinical teachers in each of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s teaching locations: Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Marshfield and Milwaukee
  • An outstanding resident
  • A distinguished instructor in Phase 1 of the School of Medicine and Public Health’s ForWard Curriculum
Laughter, joy and connection at graduation
WMAA Clinical Sciences Teaching Award winner and faculty graduation speaker, Sam Lubner, with student graduation speaker, Nasser Lubega

2023 Teaching Award Recipients

Outstanding Resident Award: James Barrett

James BarrettJames Barrett, MD
General Surgery, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Students say why:
Dr. Barrett is known for his advocacy for medical student education. He has come to the defense of students to protect the training environment, keeping it safe even if it takes a little longer to close an incision. 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.

Clinical Science Teaching Award – Madison: Sam Lubner

Sam LubnerSam Lubner, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Students say why:
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. He possesses a remarkable sensitivity towards the needs of today’s medical students. Dr. Lubner’s exceptional compassion and genuine care for his students as individuals extend beyond the classroom.

Clinical Science Teaching Award – Green Bay: Jonathan Kriescher

Jonathan Kriescher, DO
Internal Medicine Physician, Aurora BayCare Medical Center

Students say why:
Dr. Kriescher 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, providing a strong example for applying diagnostic principles.

Clinical Teaching Award – La Crosse: Rick Erdman

Rick ErdmanRick Erdman, MD
Internal Medicine Physician, Gundersen Health System

Students say why:
Dr. Erdman consistently goes out of his way to teach key clinical pearls to students. Even when they are not directly working with him, he will come and find them if he has an injection or an interesting case for them to see. He truly cares about our education and growth as physicians.

Clinical Teaching Award – Marshfield: Katherine Winiarczyk

Katherine WiniarczykKatherine Winiarczyk, MD
Internal Medicine and Palliative Care Physician, Marshfield Medical Center

Students say why:
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 up front and emphasizes patient ownership from her medical students throughout all aspects of patient care. Practicing in her hometown of Ladysmith, she is a role model for the impact physicians can have in outlying rural communities.

Clinical Teaching Award – Milwaukee: Victoria Gillet

Victoria GilletVictoria Gillet, MD
Internal Medicine Physician, Aurora Sinai Medical Center

Students say why:
Dr. Gille encouraged me to push myself. She 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.

All Teaching Award Recipients