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Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Internal Medicine Residency of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is a multi-hospital university program, located on a beautiful campus serving the diverse patient population of Milwaukee. In existence since 1925, the MCW Internal Medicine Residency prides itself on a long history of training high-quality internists. Currently, the Department of Internal Medicine is comprised of more than 100 residents, 70 fellows, and 350 faculty members. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive three-year internal medicine training program that prepares graduates to enter fellowship or to practice either primary care or hospital medicine. We have a close knit, supportive environment that fosters camaraderie, excellence and well-being. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Thank you for taking the time to explore our website!
 

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.

Sara Tesfatsion, MD, PGY 2

Why did you choose MCW for residency?: I wanted an academically strong program with a leadership that was approachable and resident-oriented. This program is it!

What is your favorite thing to do in Milwaukee?: The beer tours and when things open up all the festivals in the summer (Summerfest).

What is something you like about your residency colleagues?: They're approachable, willing to help, and always down for a good time.

What do you like doing in your free time?: Reading and a bit of hiking.

Sara Tesfatsion, MD

Welcome from the Program Director | Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, Professor of Medicine

Kathlyn Fletcher, MDSupportive. Challenging. Friendly. Collegial. These are the words our residents use to describe our program. This is the ethos of the Medical College of Wisconsin Internal Medicine Residency Program. Our program is known for its balance of support and challenge. That means that our residents become excellent, independent internists while having a network of faculty and co-residents to guide and help them through the process. If you want to become a world-class internist, please apply here!

A little about me… I went to college in Indiana at DePauw University, which is a small liberal arts school. I went to medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and then stayed at the University of Chicago for residency. After doing a chief resident year at a community hospital, I went to the University of Michigan to complete the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program. While at Michigan, I also got a Master’s in Higher Education Administration. I have been at MCW since 2003. My initial faculty appointment was as a clinician investigator; my area of research expertise is the intersection between graduate medical education and patient safety. So I have written about lots of issues that are important to running a strong residency program: duty hour rules, hand-offs, and workload. In 2017, I took over as the program director, the most rewarding job in academic medicine.

In a recent exercise that our whole residency participated in, the house staff rated the following three things as the most important principles of a high quality residency program:

  1. Training excellent internists
  2. Having passionate faculty with time to teach
  3. Having happy, well-balanced residents

With those principles in mind, our leadership team completely reworked the structure of our program to a 50/50 schedule we call “I’s/O’s.” “I” months are ward months, and “O” months are non-ward months in which all continuity clinics occur and weekends are free. I’s/O’s began July 1, 2020. Other things we’re proud of include our program’s wellness program, diagnostic reasoning and POCUS. MCW, the Department of Medicine and our residency program are strongly committed to antiracism.

Being a physician is a serious commitment. Patients literally trust us with their lives. Therefore, my role as the program director is to provide my residents with rich, diverse opportunities to learn from patients, faculty and each other. It is also my responsibility to provide an environment where we look out for each other, stand up for each other and challenge each other to be the best versions of ourselves.

Learn more about Dr. Fletcher's research interests

Welcome from the Vice Chair of Education | Michael (Mike) Frank, MD, Professor of Medicine

Michael Frank, MDI joined the faculty at MCW in 1999, having previously served on the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine. I went to school at the University of Wisconsin and completed residency training in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia. I was the internal medicine residency program director here at MCW from 2004 through 2016, and still consider it the most important and rewarding work I have done in my career. I resigned as program director in order to take over the position of Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases.

I have also been the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine since 2008, and am very excited to continue in this role. As Vice Chair for Education, I have overall responsibility for all of the education missions of the department – student programs, the residency program, and all of the subspecialty fellowships within medicine. In this context, I am very active with the residency program, working closely with the program director and associate program directors, and remain very involved with residents, both in direct teaching and in advising and mentoring. This remains the part of my job I enjoy the most.

Learn more about Dr. Frank's research interests

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Department of Medicine and the Internal Medicine Residency Program are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to reduce and eliminate health care disparities, through reflective clinical practice, a purposeful curriculum and relevant research.

Training Sites

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Froedtert Hospital

9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

5000 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53295

Recent Post Residency Positions of MCW Internal Medicine Graduates

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2021

FELLOWSHIPS

Cardiology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Critical Care
Medical College of Wisconsin

Endocrine
Medical College of Wisconsin

Gastroenterology
Detroit Medical Center
Medical College of Wisconsin

Geriatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin

Hematology-Oncology
Ohio State University

Infectious Diseases
Medical College of Wisconsin
Rush Medical Center

Pulmonary-Critical Care
Medical College of Wisconsin

HOSPITAL MEDICINE

Hospitalist
Ascension Healthcare SE Wisconsin-Columbia St. Mary's, Milwaukee, WI
Meriter Hospital-Madison, WI
TriHealth Hospitalist Group-Cincinnati, OH
Advocate Aurora Health Care-St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI
St. Agnes Hospital-Fond du Lac, WI
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Healthcare-Madison, WI
ThedaCare-Appleton, WI

Oncology Hospitalist
Washington University

PRIMARY CARE

  • Applying for 2022 Allergy Fellowship Locums in the Milwaukee, WI area

OTHER

  • Chief Resident, applying for 2022 Gastroenterology Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Chief Resident, applying for 2022 Hematology-Oncology Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Chief Resident, applying for 2022 Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Chief Resident; Advocate Aurora St. Luke's Advocate Aurora Health Care-Milwaukee, WI
2020

FELLOWSHIPS

Cardiology
University of Illinois
Tulane University

R38 Cardiology
Medical College of Wisconsin

T32 Research & Gastroenterology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Gastroenterology
Cook County, Chicago IL

Geriatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin

Hematology-Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Ohio State University

Infectious Diseases
Medical College of Wisconsin

Nephrology
Harvard

HOSPITAL MEDICINE

Hospitalist
Ascension Healthcare SE Wisconsin-St. Francis Hospital
Ascension Healthcare SE Wisconsin-Columbia St. Mary's & Ozaukee
Springfield Clinic-Springfield, IL
Zablocki VAMC
Nocturnist Apogee Physicians, Waukesha, WI
Apogee Physicians Waukesha Memorial/ProHealth Oconomowoc
ThedaCare-Appleton, WI
Advocate Aurora Health Care-St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee

PRIMARY CARE

Mixed Practice, Primary Care & Hospitalist
Deaconess Health-Evansville, IN

Primary Care
Advocate Aurora Health Care-Kenosha, WI
Oak Street Health-Hazel Park, MI

Primary Care Practice
Iora Primary Care-Lawrenceville, GA

OTHER

  • PSQI Chief Resident at ZVAMC and then matched Hematology-Oncology Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Chief Resident at MCW and then matched Hematology-Oncology Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Chief Resident at MCW and then matched Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
2019

FELLOWSHIPS

Cardiology
Advocate Aurora Health Care
University of Illinois
Henry Ford

Geriatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin

Gastroenterology
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Cincinnati

Hematology-Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Penn State University

Infectious Diseases
Indiana University

Infectious Diseases-Critical Care
Washington University
University of Colorado

Nephrology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Indiana University

HOSPITAL MEDICINE

Hospitalist
Zablocki VAMC
Aurora Health Care, Sheboygan
St. Luke's Medical Center
ProHealth Care-Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Hospitalist-Proceduralist
Medical College of Wisconsin

OTHER

  • Chief Resident at MCW and then matched R38 Cardiology Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Chief Resident at MCW and then matched Gastroenterology Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin

Additional Information

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Accreditation Status
The Medical College of Wisconsin Internal Medicine Residency Program has been continuously accredited by the ACGME since 1947. In 2011, an ACGME site visit resulted in the Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee awarding us full reaccreditation to 2021.

Special Features of Our Program
  • Chair is strongly supportive of student and resident scholarship and education.
  • Program Director and Associate Program Directors at all training sites, with a strong commitment to furthering residency education and scholarship, as well as the health and well-being of the residents.

  • Curricular flexibility allowing you to tailor to specific career goals.

  • Education through support and independent decision-making; back-up ALWAYS available.

MCW Research

  • In the federal government’s FY 2013, the College received $88.7 million in NIH funding and ranked 43rd among the nation’s 138 medical schools receiving NIH research funding. The Medical College remains in the top third of medical schools receiving NIH funding.

  • In MCW's fiscal year 2013, the College received $144 million in total grant awards for research from all funding sources. More than 2,100 research studies were conducted, including clinical trials.

  • Among the top 50 Schools of Medicine for NIH FY2013 funding, MCW ranks 3rd for dollars per award. This ranking is above Duke University (4th), Harvard University (5th), Stanford (9th) and Johns Hopkins (12th).

  • Active research programs at MCW and VA that include basic science, clinical and health services research.

MCW Clinical

The opportunity to treat patients in three different types of health care facilities:

  • Quaternary Care, Level 1 Trauma, Academic Medical Center – providing care to both Urban Milwaukee, outlying suburban patients, and referrals from all over Wisconsin.

  • Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center – 55,000 patients with complete spectrum of inpatient and ambulatory specialty care.

  • Community Hospital – private patients admitted to both private and hospitalist services.

Froedtert Hospital, our primary training site:

  • Froedtert was rated one of the Top 10 Academic Medical Centers in the country by United Health Consortium
  • Level One Trauma Center
  • State-of-the-art, multi-discipline Cancer Care Center
  • Active transplant services (bone marrow, lung, heart, kidney, liver, pancreas)
  • Extensive campus growth in infrastructure
  • Nationally recognized Palliative Care service
  • Full electronic medical records system

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center:

  • Zablocki VA rated as a ‘1A’ facility, for delivering the most complex types of tertiary care. Only 30 VA Medical Centers have received a ‘1A’ designation
  • Provides primary, secondary and tertiary care
  • 165 acute care beds, and over 500,000 outpatient visits per year
  • Special services at the Milwaukee VA that are not offered at all VA’s include: Spinal Cord Injury center, Comprehensive care including Radiation/Oncology, Long Term Care unit, a Geriatric Evaluation and Management Program and a Palliative Care program.

Diverse opportunities for experience in specially-designed rotations

  • Ambulatory Immersion (over 30 clinics to choose from)
  • General Medicine Consults and Pre-ops
  • Private Practice Preceptorships
  • Women’s Health
  • Research Elective
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Neuro-ICU
  • Palliative Care
  • Hepatology
  • Allergy
Career Mentorship Plan
  • Program director and assistant directors meet with residents regularly to assist with the identification of potential research and clinical mentors.
  • Over 100 enthusiastic faculty willing to actively participate as mentors for research projects, clinical advice, career preparation needs and the fellowship application process.
  • The program offers sessions giving tips on obtaining a fellowship as well as how to start your search for a full-time position in either academics or community medicine.
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Benefits, Conditions and Terms of Employment

Find everything you need to know about the comprehensive benefits package for residents at MCW.

Contact Us

Department of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Hub for Collaborative Medicine
8th Floor
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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