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Special Tracks

Medicine-Geriatrics Combined Residency

The combined Internal Medicine-Geriatrics residency program is the latest innovation in combined residencies at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Med/Geriatrics residency is designed to offer flexibility, preparedness and expanded career options while building upon the strengths and interests of the individual resident. The program will provide the internist with the required knowledge to provide first-rate geriatric care to the tidal wave of baby boomers that are increasing in age every day. At completion of the four-year program, graduates are Board eligible in both medicine and geriatrics.

Clinical Investigator Track

A clinician-investigator track is available for selected applicants. Most candidates have graduated with a PhD from medical school. The program is designed in accordance with the Research Pathway requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and provides a trainee with three years of basic biomedical research with two years of clinical rotations. Research activities can be done under the auspices of the Basic Science Departments, or one of the subspecialties clinical services. Upon completion of this special five-year program the resident is eligible for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  It is also possible to continue this pathway with subspecialty fellowship training, resulting in Board eligibility in both internal medicine and a subspecialty.

Primary Care Track

The focus of the primary care track is to provide comprehensive general internal medicine training with an emphasis on preparing individuals for careers in community-based general internal medicine. The Primary Care Track at MCW has evolved considerably since it was initiated in 1985 and has been the originating foundation for many of our innovative curricular programs.  Our Primary Care Program Director is Dr. Monica O'Sullivan.

The focus of the resident's primary care training program is the development of a strong continuity clinic-based practice. Although interns attend only one half-day clinic session per week, second and third year residents are in clinic two sessions per week.

Patients are seen in the Froedtert Internal Medicine Clinic, a site treating a diverse patient population and offering the opportunity to manage many disease entities. This is a high-volume, full-service clinic, where residents and faculty work in a group-practice setting, utilizing nurse-practitioners, social workers, and a full technical staff. Residents work consistently with a mentoring primary care track faculty, and establish their own patient panel which they follow throughout their entire residency program.

To maintain an emphasis on primary care, residents choosing this educational track rotate through more ambulatory block rotations throughout their residency than a traditional track.

Medicine-Pediatrics Combined Residency

The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a four-year combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program. Six positions are available each year. At the completion of the four years of training, graduates are Board eligible in both medicine and pediatrics.

The training consists of alternating internal medicine and pediatric four-month blocks. Integrated rotations are offered in a number of subspecialties. Continuity clinics occur weekly in both medicine and pediatrics. An integrated medicine-pediatrics educational conference is held monthly.
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