PM&R Residency Training Program at the
Medical College of Wisconsin

Thank you for your interest in The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We are a well-established academic training program for physiatrists, under the direction Nicholas Ketchum, MD. The department is committed to creating an outstanding training program for future clinicians, academicians, and rehabilitation leaders. We have a large integrated program involving three major teaching hospitals, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, the Froedtert Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Why Choose the Medical College of Wisconsin?

There are many reasons to consider the Department of PM&R at the Medical College of Wisconsin for your residency. First and foremost, we have 31 well-trained, knowledgeable, friendly, and committed faculty members. In fact, most of our faculty are dual trained in PM&R and in a subspecialty area such as; pediatrics, spinal cord injury medicine, stroke rehabilitation, interventional spine care, electrodiagnostic medicine, or pain management. This level of expertise translates into outstanding bedside teaching and didactics. Our departmental culture is one that places a high priority on resident and medical student education.

Nicholas Ketchum, MD

Nicholas Ketchum, MD
Assistant Professor
Residency Director

Our Residency Program offers a Research Intensive Track with protected research time, funding, cutting edge research projects and significant mentorship opportunities. Residents join this track in their PGY1 year. Additional information on joining this track will be available after September 15, 2017. Please contact Moriah Iverson, MS Research Program Manager at or Sue Abrahms, Education Program Manager at for more information.

We value and respect our residents, fellows and medical students. You will find that our department has a wonderful supportive atmosphere for working and learning. We pride ourselves on providing superlative care to our patients. This commitment and dedication are evident throughout our services. We are an advanced 3 year program which accepts 6 PGY2 residents each year for a total of 18 residents.
We offer a broad range of rotations for your education. In contrast to many programs, our program provides a nearly equal balance of in-patient and out-patient rotations. Residents spend 12 months on inpatient rotations, 12 months caring for outpatients, and 2 months on consults service. This allows our residents the flexibility to create their own learning experiences that closely match their interests.;
Our two chief residents are given considerable responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the residency. The chief residents attend faculty meetings and their input and advocacy for the residents are welcome and appreciated.
Convenience and ease of training also mark this program. The Medical College of Wisconsin is located in a suburban campus with easy access, excellent parking, and close proximity to two of the major teaching hospitals. The Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin are located on the same campus and are readily accessible by walkways. This provides a highly convenient environment for attending didactics and course work. The Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Medical Center is approximately 15 minutes away, easy commuting distance from the main campus.
See MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment for information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, stipends, and professional liability. The Housestaff Handbook (PDF) is another great resource.