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Medical College of Wisconsin Integrated Combined Pediatrics and Anesthesiology Residency Training Program

The Medical College of Wisconsin and Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH), Children's Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, developed the first combined Pediatric-Anesthesiology Residency Training Program in the Midwest. The MCW Combined Pediatrics and Anesthesiology Residency Training Program was approved by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Anesthesiology in 2013 and is listed in the NRMP Directory as Pediatrics-Anesthesia. This integrated residency-training platform will allow for dual board certification in both Pediatrics and in Anesthesiology after five years of graduate medical training; one year less than nonintegrated training curriculums, with the programmatic goal to develop leaders in the fields of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, and their respective subspecialties.

The integrated program's overall training objective is the trainee's career development as experts in the care of children with complex medical and surgical conditions who are hospitalized and/or require perioperative/periprocedural management. The integrated training option is ideal for students wishing to complete training with a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine and/or pediatric anesthesiology, 2013 marked the first year of recruitment to the combined training program. This program will recruit one resident annually. The development of this MCW combined Pediatric and Anesthesiology training program is one of a select group of clinical and academic medical centers within the United States and the first training program in the Midwest.

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About Program

Applying to the Pediatrics-Anesthesiology Residency Program

Pediatrics-Anesthesiology Residency Program application requirements:

  • A complete ERAS Application Form 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph
  • MSPE from your medical school
  • A minimum of three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX National Board Examination results

If you have been in another residency training program, please include a letter from your previous program director.

Hospital Rotations

Medical College of Wisconsin Pediatrics-Anesthesiology residents have the benefit of working in a very diverse environment. Residents spend the majority of their inpatient time rotating through one of the three main teaching hospitals:

Each hospital provides a unique experience which enhances the overall educational aspects of each clinical rotation.

Children's Wisconsin
childrenshospitalwiLocated on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Grounds, Children's Wisconsin is one of the leading centers for pediatric health care in the United States. The hospital provides inpatient care, including transport of critically ill or injured children and intensive care services, and more than 70 specialty outpatient clinics that care for the full range of pediatric health care needs.

  • 306 beds, 72 ICU beds, 69 bed NICU
  • Level 1 trauma center
  • More than 23,000 admissions a year
  • More than 21,000 surgical procedures were performed at Children’s and our Surgicenter
  • The Emergency Department/Trauma Center has some of the highest volumes in the country, treating nearly 66,000 children

Parents magazine ranked Children's Wisconsin #4 in the nation. In addition, six specialty programs were ranked in the top 10, including preemie and newborn care #1, emergency care #3, orthopedic care #6, heart care #7, pulmonary care #8 and cancer care #9

Froedtert Hospital
froedterthospitalLocated on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Grounds, Froedtert Hospital is the only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center in Eastern Wisconsin.

  • More than 2,500 physicians who practice at Froedtert Hospital are Medical College of Wisconsin faculty members
  • US News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals list ranks Froedtert Hospital #1 in metropolitan Milwaukee and #2 in Wisconsin, and among the nation's top 50 hospitals in 12 specialties. The recognition places these programs among the top three percent in the country.
  • Level 1 trauma center; 772 staffed inpatient beds including 96 intensive care unit beds
  • 38,260 admissions in 2013
  • More than 21,000 births annually
  • More than 100,000 ER visits annually

More than 950,000 outpatient clinic visits annually

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
vamedicalcenterThe Zablocki VA Medical Center is located on 125 acres on the western edge of Milwaukee, six miles southeast of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Grounds. The Medical Center delivers primary, secondary, and tertiary medical care in 168 acute care beds and provides over 440,000 outpatient visits annually through an extensive primary care network.

  • Regional tertiary care center for VA system
  • Nursing home care unit of 113 beds offers geriatric programming
  • 356 domiciliary beds for substance abuse rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation and post-traumatic stress disorder care
  • Newly remodeled/updated primary care clinics and wards
  • National VA electronic medical record/online order system
The program offers superb training in both disciplines and is fully integrated. The first year is entirely pediatrics and takes full advantage of the outstanding training opportunities at Children’s Wisconsin, the first year curriculum is identical that of pediatric categorical interns and includes the pediatric continuity clinic experience. The integrated curriculum also includes monthly Anesthesia education days.

The second year is devoted to anesthesiology and resident begins the first year in anesthesiology fully integrated into the Anesthesiology Residency Program. The Anesthesia curriculum maintains integration with the Pediatric residency with a monthly pediatric continuity clinic experience.

After the second year, the resident will split time between the two disciplines in 6 or 7 four-week blocks. Throughout the remaining three years integration is maintained: when residents are participating in the pediatrics curriculum, they will have anesthesiology educational days once a month (Grand Rounds, Case Conferences, Morbidity and Mortality Conferences, Year Group Breakout Sessions, etc.) and while participating in the anesthesiology curriculum they will have a monthly pediatric continuity clinic.

Pediatrics-Anesthesiology Residency Program Schedule (PDF)

"The combined pediatrics/anesthesiology program at the Medical College of Wisconsin is built to provide its residents a sound foundation in both pediatric disease and perioperative medicine. The unique depth of its curriculum is complimented by the complex patient populations found at MCWAH's closely affiliated and highly esteemed teaching hospitals. This unique opportunity allows combined residents to develop both critical and essential skill sets as they embark upon becoming consulting physicians in the realms of pediatric anesthesiology, pediatric critical care, and pediatric pain medicine. I plan to pursue a career in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and additionally aspire to provide continuity of care by following my patients within the pediatric cardiac critical care unit. I remain confident that the lessons I have and will continue to learn in MCW's combined residency program will allow me to not only become a strong applicant for fellowship but more importantly enable me to become a competent clinician in pediatric perioperative medicine and critical care."

- Billy McElroy, PGY4

"The Medical College of Wisconsin is uniquely and fortunately equipped to offer excellent training in the areas of pediatrics, anesthesiology, and specifically pediatric anesthesiology and critical care. The breadth and depth of experience of the multitude of faculty along with the sheer volume and diversity of patients cared for in the hospitals and outpatient facilities that are a part of the MCWAH system create the ideal environment for a combined pediatrics/anesthesiology residency program! I am incredibly happy to be a part of a program dedicated not only to superb patient care but also to resident education. I have experienced a welcoming environment that actively supports learning and cooperation amongst individuals of all training levels along with a readily accessible support system and network of advisors and mentors. Even the surrounding Milwaukee area is easily accessible and encourages a well-balanced life during residency with more unique restaurants, parks, and annual festivals than can be fully appreciated in a few short years. I enjoy being a part of such a vibrant community and look forward to my continued training at MCW."

-Jacqueline Simon, Alumni

Living and Learning in Milwaukee
Milwaukee is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets and a prime location for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s main campus. 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 students, faculty and employees take pride in calling Milwaukee home.

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Resident Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Our residents have the opportunity to serve on our Resident Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. As pediatricians training in a city filled with its own diversity and rich cultural history, we recognize the importance of addressing diversity, health equity, and inclusion within our program. 

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Pediatrics-Anesthesiology Residency Program Contact Information

Michael Weisgerber, MD


Pediatric Program Director

John (Jake) Scott, MD

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Associate Program Director
Anesthesiology & Pediatrics

Laura Gonzalez, MD


Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor

Megan Dyer

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Pediatric Education Program Coordinator II
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Jacqueline Simons, MD 


Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics and Anesthesia

Justinn Tanem, MD 


Assoicate Program Director
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics and Anesthesia

Sarah Paul 

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Anesthesiology Program Manager

Nathan Karst

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Anesthesiology Education Program Coordinator

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