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Emergency Medicine

Message from the Chiefs

Congratulations on choosing a career in Emergency Medicine! This specialty will provide you with novel clinical challenges, a range of interesting pathology, and rewarding, fast-paced shifts. Importantly, a career in Emergency Medicine gives you plenty of time for a life outside of medicine.

To achieve this, you need a residency program that is academically strong, clinically diverse, and personally supportive. As you are considering a program to call home for the next three to four years, we want to share with you what makes the Medical College of Wisconsin a great destination for Emergency Medicine training.

Below we've compiled the top 10 reasons to train here in Milwaukee. Come visit us for a first-hand look at how happy we are with our residency experience. We look forward to meeting you on your visit!

#10 – Diverse Patient Population

Froedtert and Children's hospitals see a combined volume of more than 130,000 patients per year. Both are quaternary care centers which serve as major referral centers for patients across the country. The hospitals are located in a close suburb of Milwaukee drawing patients from the inner city as well as surrounding suburbs and rural areas. Additionally, our institution was previously the "county hospital" for Milwaukee County, so we care for a large underserved population. Our adult Emergency Department sees many sick patients, with a 30% admission rate. Additionally, our residents provide coverage at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center and obtain community experiences at Aurora St. Luke's and South Shore Medical Centers.


#9 – Research Opportunities

Our department is among one of the top 20 NIH funded Emergency Medicine departments in the country and is part of three major research networks: ROC, NETT, and PECARN. The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital boast numerous NIH funded projects. Our Emergency Department faculty are leaders in the field of cardiac arrest, disaster medicine, and pediatric trauma. The opportunities for resident scholarly research are limitless.


#8 – Robust Ultrasound Curriculum

We have three Philips ultrasound machines in the department and two months of dedicated ultrasound didactics in our curriculum. Many of our faculty are credentialed in emergency ultrasound use, and we have three fellowship-trained attendings.


#7 – Strong Academic Foundation

Founded in 1978 we are one of the original Emergency Medicine residency programs and our program has an unbeatable 100% Emergency Medicine written boards pass rate thanks to our rigorous education curriculum, made up of:

  • Orientation Month – Interns are brought up to speed during their first month which is spent in procedure workshops, doing EMS ride-alongs, learning work-ups of common ED complaints, and settling into our program and the great city of Milwaukee.
  • Grand Rounds – Each week we have four hours of high quality, high yield pearls based on core Emergency Medicine content. These include monthly written board review, simulations, panel discussions, small group discussions, and oral boards practice. There are several rotating didactic curriculums in the areas of trauma, pediatrics, US, palliative care, research, and patient safety to provide residents with both a diverse and comprehensive residency education.
  • Board Review Curriculum – We use Emergency Medicine Foundations, a longitudinal reading curriculum along with a subscription to Rosh Review, an online board review question bank, to ensure exposure to both bread and butter Emergency Medicine as well as rare pathology to provide a solid knowledge base for clinical practice and the written board exam.
  • Mock Oral Boards – Oral boards are simulated on an annual basis, as well as bi-monthly in Grand Rounds. Frequent exposure to doing cases ensures confidence when it comes time to become board-certified in Emergency Medicine.
  • Journal Club – held quarterly at a faculty member's house


#6 – Nationally Recognized EMS

Milwaukee's EMS system is consistently rated as one of the best in the nation thanks to ground-breaking research by our Emergency Medicine faculty sub-specialized in EMS. As second and third year residents, we serve as medical control for Milwaukee County EMS. We offer an opportunity to be a full crew member and flight physician with Flight For Life, our regional air medical transport service. We also offer an EMS fellowship.


#5 – Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Parents' Magazine ranked Children's Hospital of Wisconsin the "4th Best Pediatric Hospital" and our Pediatric Emergency Department was ranked "3rd Best in the Nation" in 2013. The acuity is high and attendings are experts in their field. With over 65,000 annual patient visits, few residency programs will give you such a strong foundation in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.


#4 – Level 1 Trauma

Froedtert and Children's Hospitals are level 1 trauma centers and at Froedtert, our residents run the traumas during their third year (alternating with the trauma senior) and our second-year residents are responsible for all trauma airways. We also have a great relationship with our trauma surgeons, some of whom literally wrote the book on ATLS.


#3 – Wellness Committee

Our residency directors recognize the stress, both professional and personal, that comes with a career in Emergency Medicine. We have a dedicated wellness committee that schedules rejuvenating retreats, fun resident activities, and helpful lectures that focus on thriving in our role as Emergency Physicians.


#2 – Milwaukee, the "Midwest's Best Kept Secret"

While much smaller than Chicago, Milwaukee has many of the same amenities of any large city, such as an up-and-coming arts scene, one of the largest music festivals in the world (Summerfest), nationally renowned parks, miles of beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan, and professional sports teams (Brewers, Bucks). Best of all, it has very little traffic, a great cost of living, unbeatable nightlife, and great bike trails. The Medical College of Wisconsin has one of the most generous stipends of any residency in the country, which, combined with a low cost of living, gives great flexibility with your finances.


#1 – The BEST People

The number one asset to our program is the people behind it. Our attendings are amazing teachers and treat us like colleagues from day one. Our nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and Emergency Medicine-trained pharmacists are top notch. We guarantee you won't find a more caring and supportive staff anywhere in the country. When graduation nears, we have an expansive network of our graduates all over the country which makes landing your dream job easier, even in some of the most competitive markets.

Ben Hermanson, DO

Ben Hermanson

Scheduling

Scott Kunkel, DO

Scott Kunkel

Student Education

Jamie Goehner, MD

Jamie Goehner

Resident Education