Resident Spouse Association


The MCWAH Resident Spouse Association (RSA) would like to welcome residents, fellows and their families to MCWAH and the Milwaukee area.

RSA typically conducts several "Meet and Greets" for newcomers during new resident/fellow orientation in late June and July. We have a dedicated space at MCWAH's orientation as well a Welcome picnic. We host an evening get-together at a member's house or a night out at a local restaurant. These are all great opportunities to come learn more about RSA. We will post dates for these events on this page when they are scheduled.

MCW Resident Spouse Association

If you are finding us sometime between these events, don't wait and don't be shy, join us at one of our upcoming regular member activities such as kid's playgroup, book club, or Spouse's Night Out or find us on Facebook! We're looking forward to meeting you.

MCW Resident Spouse Association

If you have any questions or suggestions for us, e-mail us at

What is RSA?

A Message from the President

The Resident Spouse Association (RSA) is an organization for the spouses and significant others of MCWAH residents and fellows. We exist to help ease the adjustment to residency or fellowship life, and we do that by offering many fun social activities for our members and their families. We know that residency and fellowship involve many unique challenges that other couples and or families (outside of medicine) may not understand. Our organization affords members a chance to meet and connect with other people who are dealing with similar challenges (crazy call schedule anyone?) Listed below are just a few of the key things that you will get with your RSA membership:

  • A one-year subscription to our e-newsletter, The Beeper, providing dates, times & locations of all RSA events
  • The chance to meet other people experiencing the same life situation (it isn’t always easy and we know it!)
  • Free or discounted admission to a variety of fun-filled, pre-planned activities (PDF)
  • A chance to help out the community by participating in philanthropy projects
  • Create new friendships for you, your spouse and your children

We strive to meet the needs of all spouses and significant others, so whether you are new to the Milwaukee area or are a native Milwaukeean, whether you have children or not, we have activities designed for you! Feel free to check out our calendar of activities. Our membership fee is $30 for the year, and the membership form can be found on our Web site. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck this year and welcome! We look forward to getting to know you!

Renata Anderson, 2015-16 RSA President

RSA's Executive Board 2015-2016

President- Renata Anderson

Vice-President- Amber Tomlin

Treasurer- Meghan Burns

Editor- Suzie Cox

Children's Playgroups- Laura Ausmus

Children & Family Activities- Molley Light & Michelle Guenther

Adult Activities- Suzie Cox

Spouses' Night Out- Amber Tomlin

Book Club- Jenni Rios

Helping Hands- Cherine Montie

Philanthropy- Rachel Gallagher

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How many members are actively involved in the RSA?

We currently have an e-mail list of more than 40 spouses!

How do I become a member?

Complete the fillable membership form in Adobe Acrobat - Membership Form (PDF).

If you have any questions, or encounter problems filling out this form, please e-mail:

Are there any fees or dues?

There is an annual dues payment of $30. Dues help cover expenses such as:

  • The Beeper, a bi-monthly newsletter featuring activity details, dates and locations
  • Monthly activities
  • Holiday parties and special events
What activities are available?

Spouses' Night Out
This is a monthly get-together which rotates among members' homes and the occasional outside activity. This night is solely for us as spouses and partners and usually entails much talking, laughing and, of course, support.

We're trying to get a group together for a beach clean up, or soup kitchen volunteer shift. If you have any suggestions, or have a cause you currently love to help, let us know so we can lend some extra hands! If you have a cause that is important to you, please email Rachel. We also participate in the Giving Tree program where we bring gifts to children during the holiday season.

Adult Activities
Looking for a chance to get out of the house, socialize and explore Milwaukee? Join us each month to check out a new Milwaukee area hotspot. Come solo, bring your spouse/significant other or a few friends for an opportunity to meet and mingle.

Children's Playgroups
Playgroups take place every Thursday morning from 9:30am - 11:30am. During late spring, summer and early fall, we meet at local parks. During inclement months (October through March) we meet at members' homes or local indoor facilities.

Kids' Activities
In addition to the weekly playgroups, a special children's activity is organized each month. These activities include fun-filled trips and events such as: the Milwaukee County Zoo, museums, beaches, pumpkin patches, creative art days and others!

Parties and Special Events
Just give us a reason to celebrate!  RSA hosts parties and special events throughout the year.  For example, we host both a children's holiday party and an adult holiday party in the winter.  Other special events include our winter membership drive, various holiday festivities for adults and children, and our end of the year party.    

Helping Hands
This is not a regularly scheduled activity, but is in place to set up a support network for resident spouses who need help during a particularly challenging time. We are best known for bringing dinners to families after the birth of a baby. But, members may contact the Helping Hands coordinator to request help during a move, loss in the family or other circumstances. We are here to help!

Book Club
We meet the last Mondays of every month to discuss a book. If you're interested in joining the book club, come to a meeting. Don't worry if you've not completed the book. Here are the books up for discussion in the coming months:
The RSA offers a reliable rotation of events each month. Visit the list of activities (PDF) for dates, times and locations.

Do All RSA members have children? What ages are the kids in RSA?

While many members do have children, there are many members who do not. The ratio of members with children to members without children can fluctuate widely from year to year. As such, we make a point to offer adult-oriented activities (Spouses' Night Out, Third Thursdays, Book Club) as well as child and family-friendly ones (Weekly Playgroup, Monthly Kids' Activities).

It is typical for several babies to be born to RSA members each year, and our Helping Hands network provides support to new families. The children range in age from newborns to early school-age kids.

Recommendations Guide
The Resident Spouse Association has compiled a guide containing recommendations for places and services they have found useful, including everything from doctors to daycare, restaurants to car repair. Please view our guide (PDF)
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