Medical College of Wisconsin Anesthesiology Residency

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
Chief Residents 2023-2024 horiz

Welcome from the Chief Residents

Dr. Paul Otto, Dr. Anna Cholewa and Dr. Rasheed Richards welcome potential candidates to, and share more about, the MCW Anesthesiology residency.

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Mission & Vision

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Anesthesiology Residency Program is committed to developing consultant-level physician anesthesiologists.
  • Program Information

    Didactics, yearly overview, rotation descriptions, and more

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  • Goals and Objectives

    What you'll learn during your training at MCW

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  • Applying

    The first step to becoming part of our Anesthesiology family

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  • Current Resident Roster

    Meet our current trainees

  • Benefits, Conditions, and Terms of Employment

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

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  • Housestaff Life

    Housing information, spouse/significant other association, and underrepresented in medicine committee resources

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  • Visa Information

    Details about visa requirements and other visa-related resources

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  • MCW Graduate Medical Education

    Information and resources important to all MCW housestaff

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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.

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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.

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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Patient Care

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

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Contact Us

Education Division
Department of Anesthesiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226

General phone: (414) 805-7455

General email: anesth@mcw.edu


Education Program Coordinators

Ahleya Hayward (Education Division)

Amy Kjaer (Residency)

Nathan Karst (Medical Student Education, Internship, Combined Residencies)

Sarah Pritchard (Fellowship - Adult Cardiothoracic, Critical Care, Pain, RAAPM)

Rachel Smith (Fellowship - OB, Pediatric)

Laura González, MD
Interim Program Director
Assistant Professor

Anne Castro, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor

Maria Muravyeva, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor

Chelsea Willie, MD
Associate Program Director
Associate Professor

M. Tracy Zundel, MD
Associate Program Director
Associate Professor

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