Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Our goal is to train outstanding emergency physicians ready to practice anywhere, anytime.

We train outstanding emergency physicians.

Residents who train in our program will:

  • Master the essential knowledge to become outstanding emergency physicians
  • Acquire administrative skills crucial in a turbulent health care environment
  • Learn to become educators and lifelong learners
  • Become familiar with essential aspects of research and prehospital care of the critically injured and ill
  • Create the future leaders of emergency medicine

Our Mission Statement

  • We graduate outstanding emergency physicians, prepared to lead tomorrow's health care world
  • We teach using unique, innovative, and collaborative educational methods
  • We practice in an academic environment that is dynamic, state-of-the-art, diverse, metropolitan, and nationally recognized

What Makes Us Special

There are so many highlights it's hard to list them all! This doesn't include the resident retreats, journal clubs, and social functions we have throughout the year. As a smaller program, we all know and work for each other. This is a great place to prepare for the rest of your life.

  • Froedtert Hospital, our primary adult hospital, is the only Level 1 trauma center in southeastern Wisconsin. This means all significant blunt and penetrating traumas come to our emergency department.

  • We serve a diverse urban and suburban patient population.

  • Froedtert Hospital is located in a safe, beautiful suburb of Milwaukee - a vibrant urban area with a total population of 1.5 million. We are less than fifteen minutes from downtown Milwaukee, which offers a growing number of restaurants and nightlife.

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  • Accessibility to camping, fishing, hiking, sports, and over 20 music and ethnic festivals.
Trauma Service
We have an extremely close relationship with the Trauma Critical Care Service. Monthly interdisciplinary trauma conferences give us a strong understanding of managing the critically ill patient. We are an integral part of the trauma team throughout our residency.
  • First-year residents do a one-month trauma rotation with numerous procedures and a chance to participate in all ED trauma resuscitations.

  • Second-year residents do all trauma airways and a six-week rotation in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. This includes critical care and a wide variety of invasive procedures, in addition to resuscitation of the sickest patients in the hospital.

  • Third-year residents are trauma captain or the primary assessing doctor during all traumas in the emergency department. 

  • We see pediatric trauma from all of Southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • We can proudly say we are training at one of the top-ranked Pediatric Emergency Departments in the United States - Children's Wisconsin - located right next door to Froedtert Hospital.

  • 60,000+ children per year seen at Children's Wisconsin which allows for substantial emergency pediatric training.

  • Board-certified Pediatric Emergency Medicine physicians provide training for pediatric procedures and critical emergency care. These physicians actively involve residents in the care of the sickest children.

  • First-year residents do one intensive pediatric inpatient month, and one entire month in the Pediatric Emergency Department.

  • Second- and third-year residents work several shifts every month in the Pediatric Emergency Department providing the opportunity to see the seasonal variety of childhood illness.

  • Second-year residents also spend two weeks in a dedicated pediatric anesthesia rotation to become comfortable intubating our smallest patients.

  • If additional pediatric experience is desired, residents are welcome to use a one-month elective during the third year to accomplish this. 
Emergency Medical Services and Flight for Life

A longitudinal rotation in Emergency Medical Services if offered to all residents in the emergency medicine residency.

  • During July, incoming residents ride along with Milwaukee County EMS units to get a firsthand experience of that it is like to be an Emergency Medical Technician.

  • Over the course of the three years, four subject areas are covered and learners will evolve from being an engaged learner, to active participant, to leader in the system.

  • Through ambulance ride-alongs, special events, disaster drills, online medical control and EMS QI, the emergency medicine will gain knowledge of the challenges of providing care in the prehospital setting.

  • Department faculty serve as medical control for Milwaukee County EMS, Milwaukee Fire Department, SWAT, and Flight for Life (FFL). These medical directors are responsible for EMS policy and protocols, providing a wealth of prehospital experience for resident education.

  • If additional EMS experience is desired, residents are welcome to use elective time in the third year to accomplish this.

  • The Department of Emergency Medicine offers a one-year accredited EMS fellowship highlighting our commitment to cutting-edge out-of-hospital care.

A longitudinal Flight Critical Care experience is offered as an option for residents interested in training as a flight physician with the Flight For Life air-medical service.

  • Our program has an extensive history with FFL, the area's helicopter EMS provider, who operate three helicopters and have an outstanding safety record.

  • Second- and third-year residents may work as a crew member with a flight nurse and paramedic doing all critical care and trauma prehospital transports.

  • Flight physicians gain prehospital critical care experience, field intubations, and other procedures in a unique environment dealing with the sickest patients.

  • Faculty physicians serve as medical direction for FFL.
  • Ultrasound is available 24/7/365 in our emergency department. Ultrasound is routinely used to evaluate sick medical and trauma patients. Fellowship-trained college physicians provide dedicated time, working with residents to develop competency in ultrasound applications. This is a longitudinal experience for all residents.

  • Starting with orientation, residents are education on the principles and skills in emergency ultrasound use.

  • EM1 and EM3 residents rotation to the emergency department at Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center will have the opportunity to focus on core applications and perform scans under the direction of ultrasound faculty. The integration of point-of-care ultrasound into patient care has clearly enhanced the practice of emergency medicine by improving safety, quality and efficiency.
Community Emergency Medicine
  • Second-year residents receive a strong community experience while rotating at Aurora St. Luke's. We have a close relationship with a Milwaukee emergency physician group who strive to be leaders in the specialty of emergency medicine and constantly work to provide best of practice care that meets the highest measures of quality.
  • This group leads conference didactics twice a year on a variety of diverse emergency medicine topics. 

VAMC Emergency Medicine
  • In the past two years, new emergency medicine education opportunities became available at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Today's Veteran's Health Administration (VHA) originated during the Civil War as the first federal hospitals and domiciliaries ever established for the nation's volunteer military forces.

  • EM1 and EM3 residents have dedicated one-month Emergency Medicine rotation which is paired with Ultrasound.

  • EM2 and EM3 residents work several shifts every month in the VA emergency department providing the opportunity to see a variety of veteran illness.
Scholarly Activity
  • Resident scholarly activity projects are flexible enough to accommodate high-powered submissions to leading journals or allow for innovative ideas aimed at any number of cutting-edge areas.

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  • Four hours of weekly conference is rigorously protected, even on non-emergency rotations.

  • The Medical College of Wisconsin boasts leading experts in toxicology, cardiology, pulmonary/critical care and multiple other disciplines who visit on a regular basis.

  • Use of video-assisted mannequins and live-actor simulation in a dedicated simulation center.

  • Specific skill labs in airway technique, splinting, central line placement, trauma procedures, chest tubes, lumbar puncture and pediatric emergency medicine occur annually.

  • Resident presentations build speaking skills through all three years.

Orientation Month
  • Incoming residents participate in various orientation sessions throughout the month of July to help ease transition into residency and acclimate new residents to the hospital system.

  • The emergency medicine wellness program focuses on exploring methods, strategies and mindsets that enhance both personal and professional wholeness. It is organized around the American Medical Association's six pillars of wellness: nutrition, fitness, emotional health, preventative care, financial health and mindset. Throughout each month various discussions and activities take place under the direction of the Department's wellness committee.

Residency Program

Emergency Medicine Education Contacts

Colleen A. Crowe, MD, MPH
Program Director
(414) 955-1144 | ccrowe@mcw.edu

Michael P. O'Connell, MD
Assistant Program Director
(414) 955-1121 | moconnel@mcw.edu

Brady G. McIntosh, MD
Assistant Program Director
(414) 955-1154 | bmcintosh@mcw.edu

Kathleen S. Williams, MD
Assistant Program Director
(414) 955-1136 | kswilliams@mcw.edu

Jennifer Myszkowski
Education Program Coordinator
(414) 955-1112 | emeducation@mcw.edu

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Emergency Medicine
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-6450