Welcome Class of 2014!

 What are the dates for MCW and Anesthesiology Department orientations and what other pre-start issues should I be aware of?

There will be hospital specific orientations at Froedtert and the VA.  These will take place on Thursday, June 26th and Friday, June 27th from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Each day, half of the incoming housestaff will be assigned to Froedtert and the other half to the VA.  Topics will include meals, scrubs, call rooms, medical records, infection control, pharmacy, patient safety, regulatory issues, patient care policies, incident reporting, hospital specific initiatives, orientation to inpatient environment, and Joint Commission.  Hospital ID’s will be issued and parking registration will be completed.  Chris Mol and his staff from Occupational Health will be present both days at Froedtert to conduct the compliance clinics.


All incoming housestaff are required to attend the Monday, June 30th MCWAH Orientation Day at MCW from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Topics will include general competencies, bloodborne pathogen training, mentoring, risk management, HIPAA and confidentiality, employee harassment, campus resources, and employment processing.  Chris Mol and his staff also will conduct a compliance clinic from 1:30 to 3:30 that day. 


Again this year, MCWAH will send information regarding EPIC training to the incoming housestaff.  The housestaff will need to complete the training requirements prior to starting on July 1.   Please note that each housestaff will need to complete their training prior to obtaining their login and password.  The VA also is requiring incoming housestaff to complete the online training course “VHA Mandatory Training for Trainees Released – 2010.”  Access to CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System) at the VA will be granted only after completion of this mandatory training.  The VA will send instructions to incoming housestaff in an April mailing.  The VA background check MUST be completed no less than 4 weeks before access to CPRS will be granted.


It is not necessary for all housestaff to obtain MCW ID cards.  Only those housestaff who require after-hours access to MCW or to the MACC Fund Building via the 3rd floor connector from CHW need to have MCW ID cards.  Housestaff do not need an MCW ID to access library services; their CHW or Froedtert ID is sufficient.  If they want to check out books, the library will attach a bar code to their CHW or Froedtert ID. 

 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 e-mail with your NPI number to our Program Coordinator, Amy Matenaer, at amatenaer@mcw.eduView Instructions

 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.

**Please inform me of your decision of which OPTION by Friday, May 16, 2014.

 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 Web site.

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