As the only anesthesiology training program in Southeast Wisconsin, we offer an exclusive opportunity for residents to learn and participate in patient care at several outstanding, MCW affiliated area hospitals. The broad diversity and sheer number of anesthetic cases allow our residents the opportunity to care for a variety of patients and to train in a full range of surgical procedures. Apply nowVerification of residencyView detailed duties and training requirementsCurrent resident roster

Unique Benefits

Educational support
Residents receive $2000 ($500 from department and $1,500 from MCWAH) per year to be used for educational purposes. The department funds are for license fees, dues, PDA, etc. The department provides extra funds to cover registration, travel, lodging, and meals to residents who have presentations based on their research efforts. The MCWAH funds are designated as a Working Conditions/Fitness Benefit, and the money will appear on the last paycheck of each academic year.

Medical information is readily accessible through internet-accessible department and hospital computers linked to the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries. The department also uses the New Innovations and D2L websites accessed via username and password that provide monthly call schedules, notices and memos, contact information for residents and faculty, lectures, keyword reviews, and practice management guidelines.
Clinical Base Year (PGY-1)

1-month rotations typically consisting of

  • Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesia pre-op clinic
  • Anesthesia-directed SICU
  • Anesthesia pain clinic
  • Emergency medicine
  • CT and vascular surgery

Three to four months of medicine wards, one month of medicine consult.

Rotation sites

  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • Aurora Sinai Hospital
Research Opportunities

For those who are interested in extensive clinical and research training, we offer the Clinician-Scientist Research Track (CSRT) and a newer Anesthesiology Physician Scientist Development Program.

Resident looking through a microscope

The CSRT is a 6-9-month research block offered to qualified residents. Qualification includes above average performance during the first two years of residency. The ABA has defined a research pathway as up to a 9-month period of time that does not extend the residency. We typically have one or two residents each year that receive a research block and work with one of the many funded investigators in our Department.

The Anesthesiology Physician Scientist Development Program is an extensive program for those with a strong research background who interview for the position during their 4th year of medical school, or while a graduate student who has completed medical school. Briefly, it is a 5-year track of clinical anesthesia and research time. This path takes advantage of our NIH funded T-32 grant to support Physician Scientists pursuing up to 23 months of research in a 60 month residency training program. We are proud to have 3 residents in this pathway.

For those who are interested in getting just a taste of research, our Faculty are always excited to have residents participate in research. There are small projects and/or case reports that can be undertaken during their three years of residency training.

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Yearly Overview

In an average 3-year program, each resident will have had the opportunity to perform the following procedures: 450-500 general anesthesia or monitored anesthesia cases, 100 spinal/epidurals, 120 other regional nerve blocks, 50 PA catheterizations, and 75 difficult airway cases.

Clinical Base Year (PGY-1)

1-month rotations typically consisting of

  • Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesia pre-op clinic
  • Anesthesia-directed SICU
  • Anesthesia pain clinic
  • Emergency medicine
  • CT and vascular surgery

Three to four months of medicine wards, one month of medicine consult.

Rotation sites

  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • Aurora Sinai Hospital
CA-1 Year (PGY-2)

1-month rotations typically consisting of

  • Anesthesiology-General
  • Anesthesia subspecialty rotation including OB, regional, pediatrics
  • Anesthesia-directed SICU
  • Anesthesia pain clinic

Introductory lecture series

Given in the first month of the two-month lecture series, the following management topics and techniques essential to successful career in anesthesiology are given.

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Work-life balance
  • Substance abuse
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics
  • Malpractice issues

Drug & equipment practicum

The practicum gives residents the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the following topics.

  • Medical dilution and labeling
  • IV tubing
  • Blood transfusions
  • Infusions
  • Infusion pumps


A two-part simulator experience provides residents an opportunity to hone their abilities in a safe and realistic environment.

  • Anesthesia induction
  • Maintenance and emergence
  • Tracheal intubation
  • Call readiness

Core lectures geared for success on the ABA part 1 exam given at the end of the CA-1 year

Learn more about the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC (Staged) Exams

  • Anesthetic pharmacology
  • Neuromuscular blockade
  • Monitoring
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Pre-op and post-op management

Anesthesia Knowledge Test

Given on day 1 of residency training and again after one and six months of training, the AKT assesses the areas of greatest deficiency in residents and allows implementation of learning strategies to assist with resident success.

CA-2 Year (PGY-3)

Subspecialty rotations

  • Pain
  • Obstetric
  • Pediatric
  • Regional
  • Neuro
  • Ambulatory
  • Trauma
  • Airway
  • Critical care anesthesia

Rotation-specific lectures

We find learning is best achieved with rotation-specific lectures presented during the resident's time in that subspecialty. The following lectures will be provided while specializing in each area.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

  • 3 mornings per week pediatric care lectures

Pediatric anesthesia

  • Bimonthly multidisciplinary case or topic-based conference with pediatric surgery and pediatric critical care

OB anesthesia

  • Weekly conferences at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
  • Monthly online grand rounds broadcast for resident evaluation and commentary

Neuro anesthesia

  • Weekly problem-based learning session


  • Weekly case-based learning sessions and high yield topics


  • Weekly case-based learning sessions

Critical care

  • Weekly case based-specific lectures and high-yield topics


We offer two workshops for CA-2 residents: conflict resolution and transitioning to practice.

Transitioning to practice

  • Job interviews
  • CV preparation
  • Private vs academic practice
  • Money management
  • Malpractice
  • Disability
  • Life insurance
CA-3 Year (PGY-4)


CA-3s have a mix of general OR and subspecialty rotations, along with some rotations in private practice settings. As stated above (CA-2 year), the subspecialty rotations offer their own focused lectures. In addition, residents have weekly problem-based learning discussions from September through March, followed by three months of Board review lectures.

Board preparation

We strive to provide every opportunity for residents to successfully complete their board exams.

  • Keyword reviews
  • Mock oral exams
  • Journal club
  • Workshops
  • Board review course
  • Visiting professor lecture series

Friday conference series

As part of the scholarship and discovery experience and to encourage collegiality, we have a Friday Conference series and faculty, residents, and medical students are encouraged to attend.

  • Morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Grand rounds
  • Case conferences
  • Anesthesia board Jeopardy
  • Quality improvement topics


In addition to the didactic program, residents who express interest will find ample opportunity to conduct research and complete scholarly projects in their area of interest. This can be in the form of 3-9 months of protected time during the 48 month curriculum (intern through residency).  We also provide support to present scholarly work at scientific meetings. The Department is proud of its NIH funded T-32 grant providing significant research support for residents wishing to invest up to 23 months of research time in a 60-month curriculum. For more information on research opportunities refer to the Anesthesiology Physician Scientist Development Program.


We encourage professional networking by matching 3-5 residents and a mentor with shared interests. The mentoring relationship is designed to provide the resident grouping with personal and professional support throughout the residency.

Contact Us

Herodotos Ellinas, MD
Residency Program Director
Associate Professor


Cathy Drexler, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor


Amy Henry, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor

Ahleya Hayward
Administrative Assistant, Sr.
(414) 805-5916

Cathleen Brummer

Education Program Coordinator III

(414) 805-6034

Leah Schreiber Johnson

Education Program Coordinator II

Department of Anesthesiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave; P347
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 805-5915 (fax)