Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group

Aurora UW Medical GroupThe Aurora UW Medical Group (AUWMG) Research Committee/Core is responsible for supporting, growing and coordinating research and scholarly activity among AUWMG faculty and our Aurora residents, students and fellows.  The AUWMG Research Committee, chaired by Dennis J. Baumgardner, MD, and supported by Karen Blanchard, provides strategic oversight of AUWMG research activities.  Committee members in 2012 included:

Lee Banfi, Vani Nilakantan, PhD, Megan Sheffer, PhD, Kiley Bernhard, MPH, Lisa Hanson, PhD, and Marlon Mundt, PhD.

Faculty obtain support for research activities by applying to the Research Committee’s project review process.  A variety of funding sources support these projects.  The Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) serves as the primary source of facilitation for faculty and resident/student/fellow projects.  Dr. Baumgardner directs these activities within the Health Services Research Program Area of the CUPH.  AUWMG faculty are open to collaboration with others on research and scholarly activities, and are eligible to participate in projects of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Institute for Clinical Translational Research (ICTR), the Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WiNHR), Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) and other research networks.

The CUPH Health Services Research support team currently includes Kiley Bernhard and Hannah Louks (WREN studies).  Additional support for AUWMG research came from members of the CUPH Design and Analysis Core (Han-Yang Chen, Dr. Naoyo Mori, Melissa Lemke), from the IT Core (Andy Marek, Jason Schwebke), and from Karen Blanchard.  During 2012, CUPH and the AUWMG Research Team formally assisted or mentored 36 residents, students and fellows. 

Current AUWMG research activities generally include projects in one or more of the following categories:

  • Health care quality improvement and health services research
  • Medical education research
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Women’s health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Health disparities
  • Epidemiology
  • Specific diseases

Aurora Scientific Day is an annual conference, held in May and chaired by Dr. Baumgardner. It provides a forum for research presentation by residents, fellows, students, teaching and research faculty, and other allied health professionals at Aurora Health Care.

As a result of Aurora's innovative research, the Aurora UW Medical Group received 24 honors and awards, 6 grants, made 150 presentations and posters, and issued 55 publications, and 26 published abstracts.