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Welcome from Chief Resident Hannah Baker
Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Department of Anesthesiology. Thank you for your interest in our residency program!
I'm Hannah Baker, one of three chief anesthesia residents for the 2020-2021 academic year. I chose MCW Anesthesiology for a number of reasons – including the unique opportunity for dual training in pediatrics and anesthesia, the training with medically complex patients, Milwaukee’s Midwest culture and excellent subspecialty exposure. Our program emphasizes evidence-based clinical training, resident wellness, work-life balance, patient safety and quality improvement. Our adult and pediatric hospitals are both the only level-1 trauma centers in southeast Wisconsin, and our large referral base provides for exposure to very sick patients and more rare medical conditions.
I am originally from Kentucky, with no specific connections to Milwaukee prior to residency, but my husband and I have grown to love this city. We love how close we are to hiking trails and dozens of lakes (within a 30-minute drive), and the countless beer gardens. Living in a suburb of Milwaukee, it’s still so easy to drive downtown for a Bucks game, visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum, or enjoy dinner along Lake Michigan. We have made lifelong friends during our time here, and love Milwaukee and our MCW community!
Photo of Milwaukee River and skyline courtesy of JMKE Photography
Average case logs
|Average MCW Resident
|Peripheral nerve block
|Patients younger than 12
|Vascular, major vessels
|Pain evaluation — new patient
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.
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.
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.
Administrative Assistant, Sr.
Education Program Coordinator II
Education Program Coordinator II
Program Manager I
Cynthia Lien, MD
Stacy Fairbanks, MD
Cathy Drexler, MD
Associate Program Director
Chelsea Willie, MD
Associate Program Director
Department of Anesthesiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave; P347
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-5915 (fax)