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Medical College of Wisconsin Internal Medicine Residency Ambulatory Care Track

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The focus of the Ambulatory Care Track is to provide select residents a comprehensive outpatient training that is tailored toward their career interest with an emphasis of preparing individuals for careers in community-based or academic practices in the ambulatory environment. The Ambulatory Care Track at MCW was established in 1985 and has evolved considerably to meet the needs of our residents. Our Ambulatory Care Program Director is Dr. Brian Hilgeman.

Ambulatory Care Track Focuses

The Ambulatory Care Track has three focuses: Primary Care, HIV Care, and Women’s Health. Each focus offers opportunities to gear clinical and educational activities toward career interests and work with providers within various subspecialties.

Each resident will have a full day of continuity clinic per week during “O” months at one our main continuity clinic sites: Froedtert East Clinic, VA, or Sixteenth Street Clinic. Starting January of intern year, residents pick up another half-day of continuity clinic per week during “O” months geared toward their interests and include the following options: community-based primary care clinic, Inclusion Clinic (LGBT Primary care clinic), or an additional VA Women’s Health Clinic. Additional opportunities based on clinical interest may be investigated.

Residents work consistently with Dr. Hilgeman and establish their own patient panel which they follow throughout their entire residency program. Individuals in the Women’s Health focus will have opportunities to learn procedural skills including colposcopies, IUD insertions and removals, Nexplanon insertions and removals, endometrial biopsies, etc. Residents in the HIV pathway will gain experiences in a variety of clinical environments including our Inclusion Health Clinic, the Sixteenth Street Clinic, or other HIV clinics. Connection with local clinicians and learning opportunities will be provided as well.

The Ambulatory Care Block (ACB) provides individuals opportunities to tailor the rotation to their clinical, career, and academic interests. Residents will have a 3-month block during their third year dedicated toward building the skills necessary for success in a career in ambulatory medicine. The ACB offers flexibility in didactics and clinical opportunities to allow residents to tailor the rotation to their needs, to better prepare them for their own practice. There are additional opportunities to volunteer, to do research, and for mentorship during the ACB. The primary care program director will help you develop these blocks to your needs.

In addition, ambulatory care residents will have a unique quarterly journal club to discuss emerging topics and research surrounding ambulatory care topics.

Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need additional information.

HIV Care or Primary Care Focus

Brian Hilgeman, MD

Women's Health Focus

Amy Farkas, MD, MS