Frequently Asked Questions

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  What is the night call schedule?

On pediatric ward rotations, interns are overnight for a single six-night stretch per month from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. On medicine ward rotations, we are excited to be part of the ACGME supported iCOMPARE study. Interns are overnight in the hospital once every 10th night for a 24-hour shift with additional 4 hours to tie up loose ends on previous patients. Senior medicine residents are overnight every 4th night or every 5th night depending on the ward assigned. In the NICU, senior residents work from 6 a.m. overnight until 10 a.m. every 4th night.

  Do you have a night float system?
  How much emphasis does the program place on primary care and ambulatory care training

Primary care and ambulatory training are essential to Med-Peds training. In addition to continuity clinics and ambulatory rotations, there is a dedicated Outpatient Med-Peds Continuity Clinic Curriculum and Outpatient Med-Peds rotation months.

  How many months do residents spend at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin?

Approximately half of the inpatient training occurs at each location, although other sites include the VA Medical Center and a community-based hospital site, St. Joseph's Hospital.

  Are there enough patients to provide a strong training experience?
Absolutely. One of the benefits of the Medical College of Wisconsin is the depth of rich patient care experiences, including both common and complex disease processes and also wellness and preventative care.
  What is the overall emphasis of the training program in terms of the career choices of former residents?
There is a balance of primary care, hospitalists and fellowship applications from former residents.
  What opportunities for research exist within the residency program?

The Medical College of Wisconsin has a wealth of research opportunities that includes The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin. The CTSI represents a unique and transformative collaboration among the Medical College of Wisconsin, its campus research partners, and major academic institutions in southeast Wisconsin. The CTSI recently joined the National Consortium with a prestigious NIH grant award. All residents participate in a Quality Improvement project in compliance with the ACGME and additional projects as per their individual career goals.

  Are residents given appropriate responsibility for patient management?
Yes, residents are given progressive responsibility with close faculty supervision as defined by the ACGME.
  Are residents given the opportunity to participate in global health medicine?

Yes. Established in 2007, the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics Global Health Program is an integral part of the Med-Peds Residency Program. Currently, 12 Med-Peds residents are enrolled in the Global Health Track.

  How do residents contribute to the educational experience at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)?
Residents may be assigned medical students on various rotations. Residents are also given the opportunity to teach medical students at other times including medical interviewing courses, physical exam workshops, bioethics small group discussions and career networking.
  How are PGY-1s supported by the Residency Program?

PGY-1 residents are given extensive orientation prior to beginning internship and are encouraged to attend the weekly Med-Peds noon conferences and monthly Med-Peds Dinners, including the PGY 1 welcome activities. In addition to the Med-Peds Program Director, Associate Program Director, and Coordinator, there is a dedicated Med-Peds Chief Resident that is also available 24/7 for questions and support of the PGY-1 residents.

  How are new residents oriented to the residency program?
There is a formal orientation process that includes hospital systems orientation, computer systems orientation, PALS and NRP training, policies and procedures review, rotation overviews, library resources, medical track overviews, general competencies and case-based discussions, etc.
  What are the main characteristics the program is seeking in house officer candidates?
We are seeking well balanced house officer candidates with excellent communication and a commitment to provide the highest standard of patient care.
  What are the advantages of training at MCW?
MCW provides a strong foundation for careers, including primary care, hospitalist or fellowship/subspecialty.
  Can I do a visiting student clerkship at MCW?

Yes, visit the Medical School website.

  What is the diversity of residency programs at MCW?

The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) is committed to the recruitment, training and graduation of talented residents from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Katrina Byrd, PGY 3 Med-Peds resident, is the current chairperson for the Under-Represented in Medicine Housestaff Committee. Dr. Ana Caban Cardona, Med-Peds 2013 graduate, was a prior chairperson.

  How many Med-Peds-trained faculty are there at MCW?
There are over 40 Med-Peds trained physicians affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin.
  How often do residents switch between departments?
Residents switch between internal medicine and pediatrics every 4 months. This allows for the ability to see seasonal variability in illnesses, but still provides adequate time in each specialty.
  How long is the MCW Med-Peds internship?
16 months
  How much time do residents spend in the outpatient setting?
In addition to outpatient rotations, resident continuity clinics are offered at minimum once weekly to interns and twice weekly to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Med-Peds residents, pending schedule availability.
  Does MCW offer combined Med-Peds and international electives?


  How often do residents take in-training examinations?

Both internal medicine and pediatric in-training examinations are offered and paid for by the program yearly.

  Is there a board review course?

Yes, for both internal medicine and pediatrics.

  Are there any meetings solely for Med-Peds residents?

Yes, one dedicated Med-Peds Noon Conference is offered each week. In addition, there is a monthly dedicated Med-Peds dinner, a yearly Med-Peds graduation, Med-Peds intern welcome activities, a 2nd year Med-Peds luncheon, and a Med-Peds biennial retreat.

  Does the program pay for any conferences?

Yes, there is a travel fund up to $1500 to attend a conference during residency. Additional funds may be available for residents who are presenting research at meetings.

  What are the social, cultural, economic and racial make-ups of patients at MCW?

Very diverse, similar to the city of Milwaukee.

  What is the payer mix at MCW?

There is a mix of private insurance, uninsured and Medicare/Medicaid.

  Does MCW have an advisor system?

Yes, there is a formal Resident Advisor Program offered every year.

  How are residents evaluated?

Residents are evaluated on each rotation via a standardized evaluation form by the faculty based on the ACGME Milestones. Residents are also evaluated by peers, patients/families, support staff, and self-evaluations.

  Can residents participate in research?

Yes, this is highly encouraged, but not required to graduate other than completing a Quality Improvement/Scholarly Project per ACGME requirements.

  Do residents follow their own patients when they are hospitalized?

This is ideal, although varies based on rotation and availability. Residents may select an electronic message and/or their continuity clinics may notify the resident of patients that are hospitalized.