Emergency Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the MCW Emergency Medicine Residency. The Emergency Medicine Residency is a three-year program and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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

Why become a resident at MCW?

As a major academic medical center, and the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area, the Medical College of Wisconsin is a distinguished leader in the advanced training of physicians, researchers, pharmacists and health professionals. Together with its top-tier partner institutions, the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) puts you at the forefront of advancement that’s improving the vitality of society.

Reasons to live in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a one-of-a-kind city with a vibrant and diverse culture, this charming, yet metropolitan must-see is just 90 minutes north of Chicago and nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re catching a show at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, immersing yourself in the old world charm of the Historic Third Ward or taking in the sights and sounds of one of the many cafés, beer gardens or restaurants that line the city’s riverbank and shoreline, Milwaukee never disappoints. Find out why MCW residents and fellows take pride in calling Milwaukee home.

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 four-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 month in the pediatric ICU and one dedicated 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.

  • During high volume months, additional moonlighting in the Pediatric Emergency Department may be available.
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.
  • Point-of-care ultrasound is integrated into clinical care in all of our emergency departments. We have enough machines and probes to ensure ultrasound is always available for our patients. Ultrasound is routinely used in the care of both medical and trauma patients with a wide range of acuity as it has been shown to improve safety, quality and efficiency. 

  • Our residency program has an ultrasound division with multiple ultrasound fellowship-trained faculty dedicated to resident education. Residents start their ultrasound education early in residency during their orientation month, have two separate ultrasound rotations, and receive longitudinal education throughout residency. 

  • Residents receive dedicated scanning time with ultrasound faculty at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center during their ultrasound rotations. We also have weekly ultrasound image review, a monthly ultrasound journal club, and a curriculum designed to ensure our residents are confident in their emergency medicine point-of-care ultrasound skills.
Community Emergency Medicine
  • Second-year residents receive a strong community experience while rotating at Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital.
VAMC Emergency Medicine
  • Our residents care for the veterans of southeast Wisconsin at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center Emergency Department. 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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Weekly Conference
  • Five 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.

Interviewing for Residency

We only accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We participate in the National Residency Match Program. Applications will not be accepted via fax, mail or email. Our Emergency Medicine Residency accepts applications for twelve EM1 positions. The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals does not sponsor Visas and foreign medical graduates must have graduated within the past three years.

Contact Us

For more information contact us at emeducation@mcw.edu


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


Kathleen S. Williams, MD
Program Director

Samuel Corbo, MD
Assistant Program Director


William Schaeffer, DO
Assistant Program Director


Joshua Timpe, MD
Assistant Program Director

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