Curriculum Overview

The Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin offers training programs in the following areas:

  • Traditional/Categorical 3-year program: 25 positions per year
  • Primary Care 3-year program: 2 positions per year
  • Preliminary Medicine 1-year program: 9 positions per year
  • Medicine-Pediatrics Combined 4-year program: 6 positions per year
  • Medicine-Geriatrics Combined 4-year program: 2 positions per year
  • Research Pathway (Clinician Investigator MD-PhD) 5-year program: 1 position per year

Each of the training tracks utilize components from a general curriculum structure. The curriculum includes clinical and educational programs in the following:

 General Internal Medicine

A major focus of the residency curriculum is General Internal Medicine (GIM). Activities include:

  • Direct patient care and GIM consultation on inpatient units
  • Urgent Care general medicine
  • Private Practice clinic rotations
  • General medicine care of the geriatric patient
  • Continuity Care Clinic with faculty / resident group practice model.

Residents and patients are assigned to a group practice. Patient care, continuity, and resident education are optimized by a single faculty member acting as the sole clinic attending physician for their resident group practice.

 Subspecialty Inpatient Rotations

The proper balance between inpatient general medicine and subspecialty rotations has been emphasized in our residency program. Residents need focused time on a select number of subspecialty inpatient rotations to learn about the care of acutely ill patients with major organ disease.

Our curriculum provides subspecialty inpatient rotations in:

  • Cardiology
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Transplant Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics
 Consultative and Ambulatory Subspecialty Medicine

A comprehensive program in the medical subspecialties is offered to all medical residents. Each subspecialty offers a structured block rotation utilizing inpatient and outpatient consultative activities, ambulatory clinics, and educational conferences to provide an intensive introduction to the subspecialty area.

Rotations include:

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine Consults
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Private Practice
  • Procedures rotation
  • Rheumatology
  • Women’s Health
 Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care

During the PGY-1 year, each resident rotates through the Level I Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital. During the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, residents rotate through the Emergency Department/Urgent Care at the Zablocki Veterans' Administration Medical Center. These opportunities provide our residents with additional prospective on the care of acutely ill patients and are considered invaluable.

In addition, during each year of the program, residents can rotate through the urgent care clinics at Froedtert, the VA and primary outpatient centers during ambulatory blocks to enhance their urgent care experiences.

 Ambulatory Blocks

Recognizing the importance of a broad training in primary care, we have developed a wide array of primary care rotations. These rotations, available to all medical residents, have been developed into thematically-organized, multi-disciplinary block rotations. Each block includes a combination of clinical activities, special conferences, specifically designed curriculum and study materials. Each is under the direction of a coordinating faculty from the Division of General Internal Medicine. These block rotations include the above subspecialties and in addition:

  • Allergy/Asthma
  • Behavioral Medicine/Neurosciences
  • Dermatology
  • ENT
  • Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Procedures clinic
  • Sports Medicine
 Special Rotations-Research

Individual educational needs of residents are carefully considered and unique educational opportunities can be developed to suit the special career goals of an individual resident. Although not required, research is highly encouraged and opportunities to participate in a wide array of bench and clinical research are available for all housestaff.

Contact Us

To inquire further about the Internal Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, please contact us at

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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