Resident Life

We believe that it is imperative that residents have plenty of time to enjoy family, friends, and life outside the hospital, and it is important to us that our residents are as happy in the hospital as they are in their time off. Milwaukee is an exciting, beautiful, vibrant and diverse city that has much to offer no matter what your interests are. In addition, it is affordable and accessible, making its countless activities easy to enjoy. Many of our residents enjoy their time in Milwaukee so much they choose to call it home long after graduation.

MCW pediatric residents out and about

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  Resident Retreats

Each residency class attends a separate 2-3 day annual retreat, with clinical responsibilities covered by other Residents, Fellows and Faculty. Scheduled activities during retreats include: feedback sessions; career guidance; discussions about life after residency; leadership workshops; risk management; health care delivery and recertification of PALS and NRP.

  • The PL1 class holds an annual Late-Night Bowling Tournament with a highly coveted trophy awarded to the winning team.
  • The PL2 class competes in an annual Ping-Pong tournament against each other as well as the Department Chair.
  • The PL3 class competes in annual basketball competitions and enjoys an indoor water park.
  Resident Spouse Association (RSA)

The Resident Spouse/Significant Other Association (RSA) is an organization for the spouses and significant others of MCWAH residents and fellows. It exists to help ease the adjustment to residency or fellowship life by offering many fun social activities for members and their families.

  Wellness and Mindfulness for Residents

The Wellness and Mindfulness for Residents program focuses on exploring and experiencing methods, strategies, and mindsets that enhance both personal and professional wholeness. Led by a group of residents and fellows, and supported by med ed staff members, extra-curricular activities are offered at least monthly.

Life in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is located in southeastern Wisconsin and is the largest city in Wisconsin. Milwaukee has something for every pediatric resident; you can experience old world charm, diverse cultures, historic neighborhoods, an active music scene, abundant sporting events and it's a great place to raise a family. Milwaukee offers the attractions of a large city and the easy-going and easy-to-navigate nature of a small town.

Beautiful Milwaukee lakefront

"My favorite thing about being an MCW pediatric resident is training in a place with a big city feel, without the traffic or increased cost of living of other big cities."

– Kathryn Rubey, MCW pediatric resident, class of 2017
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  Milwaukee Guides and Resources

Dear MKE
Dear MKE is for all of us who call Milwaukee home. Local filmmakers started this multimedia love letter to our city with an on-going series of short films. People across the city continued the celebration of all things Milwaukee by uploading their images, videos and stories. Now it’s your turn. This is where you can share the surprising, fun, quirky, beautiful, historic, peaceful, creative things you adore about our city.

Milwaukee 365
Milwaukee 365 showcases what is happening in Milwaukee 365 days of the year. There is something for everyone -  Art, Comedy, Culinary, Festivals, Free, Kids & Family, Music, Theatre, Special Events, Sports.

VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee is an award-winning convention and visitors bureau providing information on premier events, hotel accommodations, transportation, restaurants and fun things to do in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Experience the warm hospitality of Milwaukee's local businesses.

  Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Downtown Milwaukee (East Town / Juneau Town / Yankee Hill)
The East Town neighborhood encompasses the eastern portion of downtown Milwaukee's central business district from the Milwaukee River on the west to Lake Michigan on the east, and from Ogden Avenue on the north to Clybourn on the south. East Town residents have their pick of high-rise condominiums, art-deco style apartments, studios, brownstones and Victorian homes. Besides a wide array of digs, East Towners can tap into a plethora or arts, culture, dining and nightlife that are just steps from their door. Amenities include the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Pabst Theater, Saturday morning farm markets and Thursday evening Jazz in the Park concerts in Cathedral Park Square.

The Historic Third Ward
Just three blocks south of downtown Milwaukee, The Historic Third Ward is known as Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District and offers the city’s most dynamic array of restaurants, spas, theaters, galleries and unique shopping, all in a historic warehouse setting. The neighborhood is also the home to the award-winning Third Ward Riverwalk and the Milwaukee Public Market.

The Village of Wauwatosa
The Village of Wauwatosa is located just minutes west of downtown Milwaukee and is the home of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Wauwatosa is known for its pedestrian-friendly stores and restaurants with plenty of boutique shops, and a Saturday Farmers' Market. Nearby, the Menomonee River and Hart Park offer an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Wauwatosa offers a variety of housing in beautiful neighborhoods.

Brady Street (East Side) of Milwaukee
Brady Street, an east-side Milwaukee neighborhood, itself stretches from the lakeshore to the Milwaukee River, with delis, bars, boutiques and Milwaukee nightclubs packing the entire length. The Brady Street neighborhood has a strong mid-20th century Italian presence with a multi-ethnic population.

Bay View's early days as a village helped create a degree of self-sufficiency for residents of today. The main thoroughfares of Kinnickinnic Avenue, Howell and Oklahoma, among others, are dotted with shops and restaurants, and other entertainment venues - in fact, over the past decade, the small, independent character of these main streets have attracted a number of young entrepreneurs to the neighborhood, who in turn have opened a number of unique businesses. As a result, Bay View could easily be considered one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

Washington Heights
The Washington Heights Neighborhood is located 3 miles northeast of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The neighborhood itself is very walkable, and through a rejuvenation, is now host to many cafes, bakeries and shops. Architecture is a blend of bungalows, tudors and colonials. Washington Heights is a popular choice for MCW Residents, Students due to its proximity to MCW, affordability of housing and shopping options.

Walkers Point or the Historic Fifth Ward
Walker's Point is a neighborhood that lies south of the Third Ward and the eastern part of the Menomonee River Valley. There are nightclubs and bars throughout the neighborhood. And recently this area has seen some condo, office, and retail development spill over the Milwaukee River to this neighborhood. Rockwell Automation has their headquarters in this neighborhood. The Allen-Bradley Clock Tower, part of the Rockwell complex, is an icon of the neighborhood and is the world’s largest four-faced clock, as listed in Guinness World Records. Esperanza Unida, a community-based nonprofit organization, is located on the western end of Walker's Point.

Contact Us

Pediatrics Residency Program
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999 N. 92nd St., Suite 730
Milwaukee, WI 53226   |   (414) 266-6800   |   Fax: (414) 337-7068

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