WisMed OnCall
WisMed OnCall is the Wisconsin Medical Society's podcast covering topics in health care and the practice of medicine in Wisconsin. Subscribe to WisMed OnCall on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Check out our Financial Literacy Series as well!

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Keys to Retirement Success

Not sure where to start with retirement planning? Mark Ziety, Executive Director of WisMed Financial discusses the six keys to retirement planning in this episode of WisMed OnCall.


Year-End Giving

Mark Ziety, Executive Director of WisMed Financial and Marje Murray, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation discuss end of year giving in the latest episode of WisMed OnCall. Learn why it’s so important to the charities you support and how you can make a positive impact and earn a tax deduction now that most of us are filing using the standard deduction.

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

In this episode of WisMed OnCall, Society past president Molli Rolli, MD, speaks with Joshua Mezrich, MD, about his book When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon, how it came to be written, and why he is passionate about his career as a transplant surgeon


Health Care Technology That Supports Both Physicians and Patients

As emerging health care technology continues to impact physicians and patient care, it is vital that physicians are involved in the process. One of the Society’s many efforts to ensure that physicians are part of the conversation include an immersive networking event—the OnRamp Healthcare Conference—taking place this summer on June 19 at Lambeau Field. In this episode of WisMed OnCall, host Peter Welch and Tim Bartholow, MD, VP and CMO of NeuGen, discuss why NeuGen is supporting the OnRamp Healthcare Conference and his thoughts on how to best innovate health care technology to empower both physicians and patients.

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The Periscope Project

The Periscope Project is a free resource for health care providers treating perinatal women struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders. In this episode of WisMed OnCall, host Peter Welch and Christina Wichman, DO, Medical Director of the Periscope Project, discuss the successes of this program and how the Periscope Project aims to empower caregivers to give patients a path to recovery.

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Getting to 'Yes' on the Biennial State Budget

Society lobbyists Lisa Davidson, Mark Grapentine and H.J. Waukau sat down for this latest WisMed OnCall podcast to discuss some health care highlights contained in Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget proposal, as well as the likely timeline and political pressures facing the two-year spending plan.

Additional Show Notes:

  • Read the budget bill here.
  • Register for Doctor Day 2019 here.

An Interview with MEB Chair Ken Simons, MD

In the latest episode of the Society’s WisMed OnCall podcast, current Medical Examining Board (MEB) chair Ken Simons, MD, talks with host Mark Grapentine, JD, about what it’s like to serve on the MEB, what initiatives he’s fostered since joining the MEB in 2011 and how the opioid crisis has affected recent MEB activity.

Built By Physicians, For Physicians

In the latest episode of WisMed OnCall, host Peter Welch and Phraze Founder Brandon McCutchen, MD, discuss why physicians should think like entrepreneurs and how Phraze is looking to disrupt the current health care environment with AI solutions that will improve the patient physician encounter and decrease physician burnout.


  • Visit the Phraze website here.

Avoiding Peer-to-Peer Calls to Reduce Burnout

In the latest episode of WisMed OnCall, Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, and Robert Neaderthal, MD, discuss how with the appropriate tools and knowledge, physicians can avoid peer-to-peer calls and gain back a considerable amount of time to do what they do best – patient care.

This podcast is a preview to a free webinar being offered to Society members by Dr. Neaderthal on Wednesday, March 20 at noon. (Register for the webinar here.)


Wisconsin's Political Environment and Health Care Priorities in 2019

November’s election results sealed the deal for a Democratic governor and Republican Senate and Assembly for the next legislative biennium, but what does that mean for health care legislation in Wisconsin?

In this latest episode of WisMed OnCall, Society staff Mark Grapentine, JD, and Gwyn Guenther of The Wheeler Report discuss health care issues that will top the legislative agenda in 2019 as well as the evolution of legislative reporting.


Untangling the Burnout Dilemma

“Burnout is really a dilemma; it’s not a problem. If it’s a problem, we fix it. But, when you have a dilemma you have to come up with multiple solutions and habits and methods to deal with something that’s constantly in a flow and flux and changing,” says Arthur S. Hengerer, MD, in this episode of WisMed OnCall. Recorded on November 28, 2018, during his visit to Wisconsin, host Peter Welch interviews Dr. Hengerer about the systemic causes of burnout in health care and some of the national efforts underway to address this dilemma.

Earning the Right to Be 'Partners for Life'

It’s been a year since Clyde “Bud” Chumbley, MD, MBA, was named CEO of the Wisconsin Medical Society. In the latest episode of WisMed OnCall, he and Lisa Davidson, the Society’s vice president of advocacy and membership, look back on some of the highlights from his first 12 months and discuss priorities for 2019, including the launch of “Partners for Life,” a new program that features new and improved benefits for members at every stage of their career.

Midterm Election Wrap-up

In this episode, Society staff Mark Grapentine, JD, and Lisa Davidson discuss the outcomes of several key races in Tuesday’s midterm election and what some of the changes in leadership in Madison and Washington, DC, might mean for physicians and their patients.

Advance Care Planning: Choosing the Right "VP"

In this episode of WisMed OnCall, host Peter Welch talks with George Lange, MD, FACP, about the importance of Advance Care Planning, what it involves, and why he believes everyone should talk with their family and physician about their future health care wishes.


Ramping Up Health Care Innovation

The Wisconsin Medical Society is teaming up with gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups to host the inaugural OnRamp Healthcare Conference next June at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The conference will highlight innovations in health care, the leaders making such innovations possible and how new technologies and business models will reinvent the industry.

In this episode of WisMed OnCall, host Peter Welch talks with Linda Syth, CEO of Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings Corp., and gener8tor cofounder Troy Vosseller about this partnership and why they believe it will help shape the future healthcare landscape.


Planning For and Surviving Workload Challenges

When emergency medicine physician Lisa Maurer, MD, recently experienced an increase in her clinical responsibilities due to growth in her practice, she thought she had a plan for managing the added workload. But, it soon became clear that she was “drowning in work and losing contact with [her] ‘real’ life.”

In the latest episode of WisMed OnCall, host Peter Welch talks with Dr. Maurer about some of the lessons she learned through her experience and how she found a way to restore her work/life balance.


BSP Free Clinic Providing Specialty Care to Patients In Need

Over 100 free and charitable clinics in Wisconsin serve almost all counties in the state and provide care to more than 150,000 patients, including the Benevolent Specialists Project (BSP) Free Clinic in Middleton. BSP has provided specialty medical care at no cost to low-income patients without insurance for 16 years and has recently partnered with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation for assistance recruiting physician volunteers and fundraising.

During the latest episode of WisMed OnCall, host Peter Welch talks with Clinic Director Tricia Levenhagen and Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, who volunteers at the clinic twice a month.

Getting Involved to Prevent Burnout

While there’s a wealth of research regarding physician burnout, addressing the problem is no small task. During this interview, WisMed OnCall host Peter Welch and Society member Alan Schwartzstein, MD, discuss some of the highlights of Dr. Schwartzstein’s career, including ways he has found to avoid burnout.

Caps are Constitutional

The June 27, 2018 decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Mayo vs. the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund reinstates the cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases. In this episode of WisMed OnCall, Society General Counsel John Rather, JD, and Senior Vice President of Government Relations Mark Grapentine, JD, talk about why this outcome is so important and its implications for Wisconsin physicians and patients.

Election Preview

Society staff Mark Grapentine, JD, and Lisa Davidson discuss the upcoming Democratic Party primary for governor, which features 10 candidates, as well as two other “races to watch”—the U.S. Senate race between Democratic Party incumbent Tammy Baldwin and one of five Republican Party candidates, and the U.S. House of Representative seat vacated by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville. They also take a look at some key state contests, including the race for Wisconsin attorney general.

Shedding Light on Sex Trafficking

Since the early 1990s, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2018 Physician Citizen of the Year Gloria Halverson, MD, has worked to increase awareness and treat victims of sex trafficking—both in the United States and internationally. During this interview with host Peter Welch, she talks about the magnitude of the problem, resources available and the role physicians can play to help these patients.


Increasing Access to Mental Health Care

In this episode, which was recorded May 8 during National Mental Health Awareness month, host Peter Welch interviews Wisconsin Medical Society President Molli Rolli, MD. As a psychiatrist and chair of the Society’s Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force, Dr. Rolli offers a unique perspective on Wisconsin’s psychiatrist shortage, the role of stigma and ideas to increase access to mental health care.

Some Light in the Darkness

In this episode, Mark Grapentine, JD, interviews pain management physician Michael McNett, MD, about new data that shows progress being made to reduce opioid prescribing, some history on the opioid crisis and what lies ahead. Their conversation was recorded on April 24, 2018.

Interview with Author David Sheff

WisMed OnCall host Peter Welch interviews journalist and best-selling author David Sheff, who shares his story as the father of a son battling addiction and his thoughts on the role physicians can play in addressing the opioid crisis. This interview was recorded on April 13, 2018, during Sheff’s visit to Madison.

Roundtable Wrap-up

This episode, recorded March 26, 2018, features a roundtable conversation about the end of the 2017-2018 legislative biennium, what’s happening in Washington, DC, and a preview of the upcoming elections, as well as some insider perspectives on next steps for addressing the opioid crisis in Wisconsin.

Join Mark Grapentine, JD, Lisa Davidson and Peter Welch for their lively discussion of topics important to physicians in Wisconsin.

Increasing Compassion Resilience

Nearly 1.5 million people in Wisconsin are living with a mental or behavioral health condition, and according to Mental Health America, Wisconsin has the 4th highest prevalence of mental illness in the nation. At the same time, there is a shortage of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to provide treatment, an issue that is further compounded by the stigma that often accompanies mental and behavioral health issues.

In this episode the Society’s Peter Welch interviews Sue McKenzie about stigma as it relates to mental health treatment and what physicians and other professionals in “helping” professions can do to increase their own “compassion resilience.”

The Mayo Case and its Potential Impact

This episode features Society General Counsel John Rather, JD, giving a comprehensive overview of Mayo v. The Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund—a court case that challenged the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases, resulting in the cap being struck down.

Join John Rather and Peter Welch for their interview/discussion of this pivotal case, where things currently stand and how the Society will be addressing the outcome of the case going forward.

Race to the Finish

This episode, recorded Feb. 21, 2018, features a round table update on what’s happening in the state legislature and in Washington, DC, as well as a look at the State’s Supreme Court race, and a little insider perspective as the current biennium nears its end.

Join Mark Grapentine, JD, Lisa Davidson and Peter Welch for their lively discussion of topics important to physicians in Wisconsin.

Doctor Day 2018 Recap

Wisconsin Medical Society’s Government Relations team discusses highlights from Doctor Day 2018. This episode includes discussion about Governor Walker’s 2018 health care stability plan, the four key issues physicians brought to legislators, the Society’s agenda for an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. and the Wisconsin State Supreme Court race.

Join Mark Grapentine, JD, Lisa Davidson and Peter Welch for their lively discussion of topics important to physicians in Wisconsin.