Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health

Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) is a program for University of Wisconsin medical students that provides unique educational experiences for students committed to providing health care for underserved, urban populations.


The TRIUMPH program is provided through the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. TRIUMPH integrates clinical, community and public health, as well as leadership skill development in urban Milwaukee.

TRIUMPH was developed in response to pervasive disparities in health outcomes and chronic shortages of physicians in medically under-served urban areas. It exists to recruit and prepare community-responsive physicians to promote health equity and to improve access to health care in urban communities and beyond.

Explore the Program


Kjersti Knox, MD

Director of TRIUMPH

Dr. Knox joined the very first TRIUMPH cohort in 2010 and has lived and worked in Milwaukee since. She has served as a community project mentor for multiple TRIUMPH students and mentors medical students clinically.

Michelle Buelow, MD MPH

Associate Director of TRIUMPH

Dr. Buelow was part of the first class of TRIUMPH students and now works as a family physician at the Sixteenth St. Community Health Center. She loves working with medical students because they are energizing, inspiring and bring refreshing perspectives.

Theresa Umhoefer-Wittry, MD

Associate Director of TRIUMPH

Dr. Umhoefer-Wittry is a pediatrician and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Racine. She credits TRIUMPH for influencing her career trajectory and looks forward to working with students and community partners.

Melissa Lemke

TRIUMPH Program Manager

As an instructional program manager, Melissa splits her time between TRIUMPH and the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH). She appreciates the gifts and talents students bring to the organization and the community.

Sacha Ehley

TRIUMPH Student Coordinator

Sacha began with Aurora Health Care in 2002 and splits her time between Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. She enjoys the energy and enthusiasm of the medical students she works with.

Apply to the Program

Learn more about TRIUMPH and how to apply.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Aurora’s broad and integrated system not only affords you new opportunities but also new places to explore – from Lake Geneva to Milwaukee to Green Bay.

Shadows & Observing

Shadowing and observership opportunities are available to students.

Training Sites

Aurora medical sites provide a range of experiences for students.