Emergency Medicine

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Message from the Chiefs

Congratulations on choosing a career in Emergency Medicine! This specialty will provide novel clinical challenges, a range of interesting pathology, and rewarding, fast-paced shifts but also plenty of time for a life outside of medicine. To help you get there, you need a residency program that is academically strong, clinically diverse, and personally supportive. As you are considering a program to call home for the next three years, we want to share with you what makes the Medical College of Wisconsin a great destination for emergency medicine training—below we’ve compiled the top 10 reasons to train here in Milwaukee. Come visit us for a first hand look at how happy we are with our residency experience here. We look forward to meeting you on your visit!

10.) Diverse Patient Population – Froedtert and Children’s hospitals see a combined volume of more than 100,000 patients per year. Both are quaternary care centers which serve as major referral centers for patients across the country. The hospitals are located in a close suburb of Milwaukee allowing us to draw patients from the inner city as well as surrounding suburbs.

9.) Research Opportunities – The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital boast numerous NIH funded projects. Our emergency department attendings are leaders in the field of cardiac arrest, disaster medicine and pediatric trauma. The opportunities for resident scholarly research are limitless.

8.) Robust Ultrasound Curriculum – We have two brand new Philips ultrasound machines in the department and two months of dedicated ultrasound didactics in our curriculum. Many of our faculty are credentialed in emergency ultrasound use.

7.) Strong Academic Foundation – Our program has an unbeatable 100% EM written boards pass rate thanks to our rigorous didactic curriculum which is made up of:

  • Orientation Month – Interns are brought up to speed during their first month which is spent in procedure workshops, doing EMS ride alongs, learning work-ups to common ED complaints, and settling in to our program.
  • Grand Rounds – Each week, we have four hours of high quality, high yield pearls on emergency medicine essentials.
  • Reading Curriculum – A longitudinal reading curriculum ensures exposure to rare pathology and provides solid preparation for the EM board certification exam.
  • Monthly Board Review and Biannual Mock Oral Boards
  • Journal Club – held on a bimonthly basis at a faculty member’s house

6.) Nationally Recognized EMS – Milwaukee’s EMS system is consistently rated as one of the best in the nation thanks to ground breaking research by our emergency department attendings. As second and third year residents, we serve as medical control for Milwaukee County EMS. There is also an opportunity to be a full crew member and flight physician with Flight For Life, our regional air medical transport service. We also offer an EMS fellowship.

5.) Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Parents’ Magazine ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin the 4th best hospital and our pediatric emergency department was ranked 3rd best in the nation in 2013. The acuity is high and attendings are experts in their field. Few residency programs will give you such a strong foundation in pediatric emergency medicine.

4.) Level 1 TraumaFroedtert and Children’s Hospitals are level 1 trauma centers and at Froedtert, EM residents run the traumas by their 3rd year. We also have a great relationship with our trauma surgeons, some of whom literally wrote the book on ATLS.

3.) Wellness Committee – Our residency directors recognize the stress, both professional and personal, that comes with a career in emergency medicine. We have a dedicated wellness committee that schedules rejuvenating retreats, fun resident activities and helpful lectures that focus on thriving in our role as emergency physicians.

2.) Milwaukee, the Midwest’s Best Kept Secret –While much smaller than Chicago, Milwaukee has many of the same amenities such as an up-and-coming arts scene, one of the largest music festivals in the world (Summerfest), nationally renowned parks, miles of beaches on Lake Michigan, professional sports teams (Brewers, Bucks). Best of all, it has very little traffic, a great cost of living, unbeatable night-life, and great bike trails. The Medical College of Wisconsin has one of the most generous stipends of any residency in the country, which, combined with a low cost of living, gives great flexibility with your finances.

1.) The BEST People – The number one asset to our program is the people behind it. Our attendings are amazing teachers and treat us like colleagues. Our nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are top notch. We guarantee you won’t find a more caring and supportive staff anywhere in the country. When graduation nears, we have an expansive network of our grads all over the country which makes landing your dream job easier even in some of the most competitive markets.



              Craig Bilbrey, MD                          Maxwell Nanes, MD                          Diana Dovarany, MD

           Craig Bilbrey, MD                Maxwell Nanes, MD               Diana Dovarany, MD





Medical College of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Contact Information

Edward Callahan, MD, MS
Program Director

Colleen Crowe, MD
Associate Program Director

Alicia Pilarski, DO
Assistant Program Director

Jill Simonson, BA, C-TAGME
Program Manager
(414) 805-6455

Jennifer Myszkowski
Administrative Associate

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Emergency Medicine
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53226
(414) 805-6450

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