Welcome Class of 2015!

Are anesthesiology residents required to have active ACLS certification?

Yes, the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) requires you to be ACLS certified within 30 days of your start date.  If you are unable to get certified at your current institution please use this link for information.  After you have received your certification, please forward a copy of your ACLS card to our Program Coordinator, Amy Matenaer, atamatenaer@mcw.edu.

Is a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number required? 

You are required by law to have an active NPI number after you have graduated from medical school or any other healthcare training program. Please print the following instructions for information on applying for your number. After you have received your number, please forward the email with your NPI number to our Program Coordinator, Amy Matenaer, at amatenaer@mcw.eduView Instructions (DOC)

Who will be taking the In-Training Exam?

All (PGY-1, CA-1, CA-2 and CA-3) trainees take the In-Training Exam.  Each year the In-Training Exam is taken the first or second Saturday of March.  Department faculty and CRNAs will help cover call duties during the ITE.  

What is the AKT exam and who is required to take the exam? 

The Anesthesia Knowledge Test, the AKT, is administered to all CA-1s.  PGY-1s do not take the AKT. 

There are three unique AKT exams, geared to level of training and administered throughout the CA-1 and CA-2 training years (Pre-Test, AKT-1, and AKT-6).  The pre-test is administered during orientation to the residency program, and the AKT-1 as a post test at the end of the first six weeks of training.  These two exams are designed to assess baseline anesthesia knowledge and growth of knowledge after the first month of training.  The AKT-6 is administered at or near the end of six months of training during the CA-1 year.

What books or devices are distributed to the CA-1s?

At the start of each academic year, the department purchases educational materials and sets up a fund for educational expenditures for the incoming CA-1 resident class.  This year, the department is offering CA-1 residents several options of what they would like to receive for their CA-1 year.


The following options are being offered (Residents must choose ONE option):


iPad Mini

Option 1:  16 GB Wi-Fi     + $250 education fund
Option 2:  32 GB Wi-Fi     + $150 education fund
Option 3:  64 GB Wi-Fi     + No education fund


iPad 2

Option 4:  16 GB             + $200 education fund


iPad with Retina display

Option 5:  16 GB             + $100 education fund
Option 6:  32 GB             + No education fund
Option 7:  64 GB             + (The resident must write MCW Anesthesiology a check for $100)
Option 8:  128 GB           + (the resident must write MCW Anesthesiology a check for $200)


No iPad

Option 9:  No iPad            $600 Education Fund


*Included in all options will be the anesthesia drug reference sheet and a thumb drive for educational use.


In considering your options, please be advised that we require that all residents have either and iPad or iTouch for use over the course of their residency.  The program incorporates podcasts (just-in-time learning opportunities for residents which include short lectures o specific anesthesia topics) which are available on iTunes for Education, thus making an iPad or iTouch a necessity.  In addition, we plan to load your iPads with predefined content such as department policies, textbooks, and/or important apps.  Of course, if you already have an iPad we will work with you  to get the same content delivered to your device at the beginning of the academic year.


Each year of residency, a resident is provided with an education fund.  The education fund can be used for reimbursement of educational materials such as computers, licenses, books, etc.  Please be sure to note the difference education fund assignments based on which option you select.


Please visit the Apple Store to read up on the features of the iPads.

Do you have housing information for our move to Milwaukee?

The MCWAH Residents Spouse Association welcomes you to Milwaukee.  Probably the most frequent question asked by new residents is “In what areas do most residents live?”  An analysis of all residents shows that the majority live in the following areas: Wauwatosa, Brookfield, West Allis, Greenfield, and Shorewood; in Milwaukee, on the “East Side” (from Wisconsin Avenue north to the Shorewood border and from the lakefront west to the Milwaukee River), west of 50th Street and in the neighborhoods of the major hospitals.

For more housing information, visiting the Graduate Medical Education website.

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