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 now
MCW Anesthesiology

MCW Anesthesiology

The Department of Anesthesiology strives to provide exemplary patient care, advance standards through development of innovative applications of processes and technology, and pursue research that defines novel therapies in a dynamic academic environment

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Educating and developing the next generation of physicians and scientists

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Discovering and translating new knowledge in the biomedical sciences

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Offering advanced training in seven anesthesiology subspecialties

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Providing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and compassionate care of the highest quality

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    The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals offers its housestaff a comprehensive benefits package

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2019-2020 Chief Residents

Welcome from Chief Resident Annie Huang

Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Department of Anesthesiology. Thank you for your interest in our residency program!

I'm Annie Huang, one of three chief anesthesia residents for the 2019-2020 year. I chose MCW Anesthesiology for the depth and the variety of our training, for the many research-orientated faculty and opportunities, as well as for Milwaukee's up-and-coming location. Our program emphasizes complex evidence-based training, work life balance, mentorship, and even includes opportunities for resident moonlighting. As Southeastern Wisconsin's only academic institution and Level-I trauma center, our clinical volume and complexity is second to none.

I have spent almost two decades moving around (living in many places including Alaska, Texas, and Germany) but now I love calling Milwaukee "home". I attended medical school at MCW, met my husband here, and my Siberian Husky loves running around in the fresh winter snow. I took a non-traditional route to where I am today, spending time in the military, performing research, and obtaining a master’s degree. I am sincerely thankful to come back to my home institution for residency and am excited to stay for adult cardiothoracic fellowship. In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my husband, running (no matter what temperature it is outside!), and sharing a drink at one of the many breweries with my wonderful co-residents. Milwaukee has been a wonderful place to set roots, make connections, and learn from supportive staff.

I love Milwaukee and the MCW community, and I have no doubt that you will love it too!


In image, left to right, Chief Residents Jacqueline Simon, Robert Gregory, and Annie Huang

Average case logs

  Average MCW Resident
ACGME Minimum
Peripheral nerve block
Patients younger than 12
Vascular, major vessels
Intrathoracic non-cardiac
Pain evaluation — new patient

Unique benefits

Educational support

Residents receive $2000 ($500 from department and $1,500 from Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals) 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.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is home to the STAR Center, a state-of-the-art simulation center and the location of our ASA-endorsed Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology simulation course.

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.


Research opportunities

All residents are given the opportunity to attend and compete in the Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference, from which many of our residents often bring home awards. In Spring 2019, 25 residents presented abstracts and 12 won awards for their presentations.

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.

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.



Our residents are encouraged to internally moonlight in Obstetric Anesthesia at the Froedtert Birth Center, as long as they have their full unrestricted Wisconsin medical license, and it does not cause a work hour violation under the ACGME guidelines. Residents in Anesthesia have opportunities to sign up for these shifts each block and are paid by Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals for these shifts. External moonlighting and moonlighting by housestaff on a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa are not permitted. Housestaff on an H-1B Temporary Professional Workers visa are permitted to participate in internal moonlighting.

Contact Us

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


Leah Schreiber Johnson
Education Program Coordinator II
(414) 805-6102


Nathan Karst
Education Program Coordinator II
(414) 805-6134


Sarah Paul
Program Manager I
(414) 805-6104

Cynthia Lien, MD
Interim Residency Program Director
Department Chair



Cathy Drexler, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor



Chelsea Willie, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor



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

(414) 805-5915 (fax)

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