Student Academic Support ServiceS

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   Medical Student Learning Specialist

Students are provided with learning style assessments, workshops, learning strategies, studying and testing resources, as well as referrals. Students are supported in identifying and resolving academic issues, personal concerns, and issues that may be affecting academic performance.

   Tutorial Program

An outstanding tutoring program in the basic science years is provided to assist at-risk and struggling students with review of material and application of information. Tutors are MCW medical students in the M2, M3 and hired as staff members. Tutors work closely with Course Directors and faculty members to provide at-risk and struggling students with accurate and relevant information. Group sessions are held on a weekly basis throughout the school year.

  USMLE Board Preparation

To help you prepare for Step 1 of the USMLE, Academic Support Services hosts three programs. The Step 1 Board Prep Program invites M2s to form small groups with a third year student serving as their mentor. Students in these groups complete readings, answer board review style questions, and share knowledge under the guidance of an M3 mentor. OSR Representatives present Step 1 information at three lunchtime engagements to the M2 class including: personal experiences with the exam, ways to prepare and study, and class survey results from years past. Additionally, Student Academic Support Services offers a spring-time series of in-depth, small-group sessions called USMLE Step 1 Workshop Series that involve: implementing and tailoring individual study plans, study strategies, long & short-term planning, test day overview, library and commercial materials, resources and technology, and board prep schedule construction.

  AAMC Careers in Medicine® Liaison

It is a career planning program designed to help you choose a medical specialty and select and apply to residency programs. Developed and sponsored by the AAMC, the program consists of an extensive website, printed student manuals, workshops and presentations. This four-phase process guides you through the elements of career planning, including self-understanding, exploring of medical careers, and choosing a specialty to meet career objectives.

  Career Day

The AMA-MSS offers Career Day to you in the spring semester of your M1 and M2 year. Faculty and staff from MCW’s residency programs are invited to share information and insight on specific specialties, such as work environment, clinical responsibilities, lifestyle, training, and applying to residency programs.

  Residency Day

Sponsored by AMA-MSS and occurring in the spring semester, this event is a more in-depth view of the residency application process. Faculty and staff from MCW programs are present and share information and insight regarding the application process as well as specialty-specific information.

  Residency Fair

This AMA-MSS sponsored event is offered in the fall, and is an opportunity for you to meet representatives from residency programs.

  SOAP Program Coordinator

SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program) process was developed by the AAMC and NRMP in consultation with student affairs deans, residency program directors, resident physicians, and medical students. Using technology created and executed by the AAMC IT staff, SOAP allows unmatched students to learn the locations of unfilled positions and apply for them through the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

  Clinical Advisor Program

The program guides and supports you through the selection process of a well-rounded Clinical Advisor. Advisors assist with curriculum selection, review of CVs and personal statements, assistance in networking, and writing letters of recommendation. You are encouraged to connect with many faculty members to seek advice and guidance, but you are required to have an ‘official’ clinical advisor.

Student Housing

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  Before You Start Looking

Before you start looking, there are several sources of information to investigate before you hit the road.

  • The largest listing of vacancies appears in the Sunday morning edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. You may contact them online at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online.
  • Craig's List is another popular source, It can be easily searched for by price or by number of bedrooms or by just putting in MCW or Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • is a wonderful free resource. The website pulls from over 100 different listing sources.
  • There is a Housing Listings Binder which contains listings of available apartments and listings of medical students looking for roommates. This book is located in the Office of Student Affairs (third floor) during working hours and at the Security Desk (first floor) on week-ends from June-Mid August. Be aware that sometimes it is difficult and therefore frustrating to reach the landlord or person advertising the residence. Many phone calls may be necessary.
  • Many grocery and convenience stores carry neighborhood newspapers that may have local rental listings. Most of them also carry Start Renting magazine which also lists local apartments. This magazine contains a general map of the area.
  • MCW has bulletin boards (located in the cafeteria) which list vacant apartments, homes for sale or students looking for roommates.
  • Students may also access the housing site For Rent sign in the window or in front of the building. Spend some time driving or walking through an area in which you are interested in living and look for vacancy signs.
  • You may wish to contact a rental agency, but only if you are unable to locate an apartment through the sources listed above. The majority of agencies charge a non-refundable fee ranging from $35-$50. Before visiting agencies, call and request information regarding specific services provided and fees. Your local library should have a Milwaukee Yellow Pages in the reference section if you are interested in an agency or you can check the yellow pages online.
  • Students interested in buying a home may want to visit realtor home pages such as Home Owners Concept.

2014 Housing Contacts




Email Address

Jacob Ristow

West Allis
Spencer Greaves Milwaukee
Anupriya Dayal Milwaukee/Wauwatosa
Mohit Patel Wilshire Manor Apartments
Jay Luthar




Before you begin your search, it will be necessary for you to decide how much you can afford to pay.


Before you begin your search, it will be necessary for you to decide how much you can afford to pay.

Once you have arrived at an amount, don't change it. Nice places have a way of tempting you to live on money you don't have. If you are on financial aid, the allotted dollar amount is $700/month for living expenses for the academic year. Review the Financial Aid budget website for more information. If you share an apartment, you can borrow less money and have less debt at graduation or you can have money for other things. Check the housing survey for current rental estimates.

When you agree to rent an apartment, you will probably be required to pay a security deposit. It will usually be equal to one month's rent. The deposit is kept by the landlord to protect him/her from any damage you may cause while living there. When you move out, your landlord is obligated to return the deposit within 21 days, minus any funds withheld to repair damages. If the landlord does withhold funds, he or she is required to give you an itemized list of the damages and the amount withheld. To protect yourself from damages for which you are not responsible, ask for an inventory and assessment list. Check the apartment carefully before renting it. 


   Housing Survey (PDF)

Medical student housing survey. Everything you need to know!

   Roommate Questionnaire (PDF)

If you are looking for a roommate, complete the questionnaire. It's a PDF.


MCW keeps a roommate registry from June 1 through the month of August for incoming freshmen students.

A can provide companionship and a study partner as well as a way to help reduce expenses. MCW keeps a roommate registry from June 1 through the month of August for incoming freshmen students. Included in this publication is a Roommate Questionnaire (PDF). Please fill out the form completely and mail or fax it back to our office at (414) 955-0120. Upon receipt you will receive access to the scanned Questionnaire on Desire2Learn (D2L).  In addition, this form will be kept in the Housing Listing Binder. On the questionnaire, there is a section explaining the Roommate List (RL). This list generally contains first year medical students looking for roommates. It may also list the names of incoming graduate students. We do not select, match or contact the participants on the RL. You must make all contacts and arrangements yourself. Remember to not only consider personalities and lifestyles but also the legal and financial obligations of joint tenancy. Each co-tenant is by law liable for all money owed to the landlord. For example, if your roommate does not pay his/her share of the rent or damages the apartment, you too are responsible.

   When To Look

Begin your housing search as soon as possible. Come to Milwaukee and start getting familiar with the city.

Begin your housing search as soon as possible. Come to Milwaukee and start getting familiar with the city. Ideally, try to visit the Milwaukee area no later than July so that you can sign a lease to begin August 1. August 1 leases will be on the market the first full week of June. You want to be settled in your apartment by the time Orientation starts. If you need a place to stay while you are conducting your housing search, please consult the Lodging and Housing Guide published by the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. The following week-ends will be 'extra busy' in the Milwaukee area. You may need to adjust your schedule if hotels are full: June 26 to June 30 and July 2-7, Summerfest; August 1 - August 11, Wisconsin State Fair.

Class of 2019 Orientation Materials

Incoming students should check their D2L account for all orientation information and forms. If you have orientation questions, please contact Jennifer Haluzak, Student Services Manager, at or (920) 403-4506.

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