Farewell, UW Ob-Gyn Resident Class of 2017!


Four years ago, six fresh MDs arrived at the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to continue their medical training. They have become an important part of the UW Ob-Gyn family, and this week we say goodbye to the UW Ob-Gyn Resident Class of 2017. Some head out to further training in fellowships, to help teach the next generation at academic posts, or to improve women’s health in professional practices. Wherever they are heading, let’s congratulate them on four years of hard work and amazing growth, and wish them the very best in their next adventures!


Charles Ashley, MD

What’s next?
Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

How did residency at UW Ob-Gyn prepare you for a successful future?
I feel like our program prepared me very well for going on to the next step and being successful. I really wouldn’t be headed to such a wonderful fellowship if it wasn’t for the support of the whole UW Ob-Gyn department and its members.

What will you miss about UW Ob-Gyn?
I will miss all the wonderful people I got to work with. This department has so many great faculty and residents, and I will especially miss my resident class.

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Caroline Kieserman-Shmokler, MD

What’s next?
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan

What are the most important things you learned during your residency?
The most important things I’ve learned are that you can succeed by working hard and being nice to everybody. And that it can actually be really fun to go to work every day. I hope to keep up that environment for the rest of my career!

How did residency at UW Ob-Gyn prepare you for a successful future?
I think the biggest thing is that it gives us a large amount of operating room experience and an appropriate level of autonomy to practice decision-making in a comfortable environment. The attendings were really good about challenging us to defend our decision-making and think through difficult situations without making us feel pressured.

What will you miss about UW Ob-Gyn and/or Madison?
I’ll miss working with a really fun and supportive group of people, and being able to work with my friends every day. And I’ll miss the comfort of living in Madison.

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Janessa Rorhbach, MD

What’s next?
Joining the UW Ob-Gyn generalist faculty for the upcoming year. After that, planning to move back to the Pacific Northwest

What will you miss about UW Ob-Gyn and/or Madison?
I’m staying in Madison and with the department for a while. But I will miss being part of the resident community. It’s fun being a resident, and it will be hard not to be a resident anymore. I’ll miss my classmates, since most of them are leaving.

How did residency at UW Ob-Gyn prepare you for a successful future?
I feel like UW does an amazing job at preparing you for everything, not only surgical training. I feel like I’ve had really great mentors who have taught me a lot about managing difficult situations, which is something I wasn’t expecting to learn. Learning how to teach has been huge, too. Our mentors here, all the attendings, are so great about getting us involved and letting us do as much as we can during procedures and cases, and that really fosters this positive environment. This has been a really supportive and nurturing environment that prepared me for being successful on my own.

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Mary Rysavy, MD

What’s next?
Joining the division of general Ob-Gyn at the University of Iowa

How did residency at UW Ob-Gyn prepare you for a successful future?
Through blood, sweat, and tears (haha). In seriousness, the excellent faculty in our department have challenged me to think critically, operate skillfully, and make good decisions under pressure. I am excited to start my career with the excellent base of training that was provided me here at UW.

What will you miss about UW Ob-Gyn and/or Madison?
I will miss the many great friends and colleagues I have here in Madison. My co-residents have been super supportive friends throughout the last four years and it will be a shock to leave them! I will miss the bike trails, parks and lakes in Madison, too, and my amazing neighbors on Larkin St. Madison has been a great community for the last four years and we will be sad to leave.

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Amanda Schwartz, MD

What’s next?
Generalist at Associated Physicians in Madison and continue to work at Meriter

What are the most important things you learned during your residency?
I think the most important things I learned during residency involved working together as a team for effective patient care. You need to collaborate with your nurses, CNAs and physicians to give the best care possible.

How did residency at UW Ob-Gyn prepare you for a successful future?
UW Ob/Gyn prepared us very well for post-residency life. It taught me to use my resources and not be afraid to ask for help when I need it because it is in the best interest of the patient. I also learned that it is important to take care of myself and make my own wellness a priority in order to be at my best and provide the best care I can.

What will you miss about UW Ob-Gyn and/or Madison?
I am going to miss residency a lot. My fellow residents have become like family members and I look forward to seeing them and talking to them on a daily basis. Residency is tough and the only people who truly understand it are the people who are going through it with you. I am so excited that I will get to stay in Madison and at Meriter Hospital and continue to work with these amazing residents and faculty members who I have come to admire and care so much about!

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Carley Zeal, MD

What’s next?
Family Planning Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis

What are the most important things you learned during your residency?
I don't think I can begin to decide. Residency has been a whirlwind, where I have learned so many valuable things. This is where I began to learn how to be a doctor, specifically an OB/GYN. I learned how to do countless procedures, and grew into my own role as a clinical decision-maker. However, it is also where we learn so much about the practice of medicine within the entire social, scientific, and clinical background.

How did residency at UW Ob-Gyn prepare you for a successful future?
I feel that UW has really prepared me for success, both in surgical and clinical skills, as well as in social interactions and the business of medicine. I also think that UW prepared me to continue to develop both my skills and knowledge in my field, as it is ever-changing.

What will you miss about UW Ob-Gyn and/or Madison?
The thing that I will miss most about residency at UW is my co-residents. I have really enjoyed the camaraderie with my co-residents. That being said, I am a lifelong Badger, and I will miss so much about UW and Madison. I maintain my commitment to UW and this state, as it is my home, and I hope to return.

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