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UW honors Aspirus residency physicians

Mar 14, 2013


Kevin O'Connell, MD


Thomas Stick, MD

WAUSAU, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) recently honored a pair of physicians from Aspirus Wausau Family Medicine Clinic.

Kevin O'Connell, M.D. and Thomas Strick, M.D., who train family medicine residents at the UW Wausau Family Medicine Residency, received UW Health Patient Experience Awards. The Aspirus providers are among only four family physicians to receive the award.

Patient Experience Awards are given to physicians who are in the top 5 percent based on patient satisfaction surveys involving 769 physicians. Drs. O’Connell and Strick were recognized for achieving the highest level of:

  • Exemplary communication skills.
  • Demonstration of empathy and concern.
  • Support of patient partnership in their care and treatment. 


Aspirus has had a partnership with UW SMPH to host the Wausau Family Medicine Residency since 1978. Since its inception, 150 physicians have graduated from the Wausau residency, 58 percent of which have stayed in Wisconsin to establish their practice.

In July 2012, Aspirus assumed operational accountability for the clinical practice at Aspirus Wausau Family Medicine Clinic, while the UW SMPH continues to serve as the academic sponsor of the residency program and provides educational oversight.