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Pediatric Resident Life at the Medical College of Wisconsin

We believe that it is imperative that residents have plenty of time to enjoy family, friends, and life outside the hospital, and it is important to us that our residents are as happy in the hospital as they are in their time off. Milwaukee is an exciting, beautiful, vibrant and diverse city that has much to offer no matter what your interests are. In addition, it is affordable and accessible, making its countless activities easy to enjoy. Many of our residents enjoy their time in Milwaukee so much they choose to call it home long after graduation. Vogue recently declared Milwaukee the Midwest's coolest city.

Learn more about learning and working in Milwaukee.

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Life in Milwaukee According to Our Peds Residents

Get a taste of what it is like to be part of the Pediatric Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Resident Retreats


Each residency class attends a separate 2-3 day annual retreat, with clinical responsibilities covered by other Residents, Fellows and Faculty. Scheduled activities during retreats include: feedback sessions; career guidance; discussions about life after residency; leadership workshops; risk management; health care delivery and recertification of PALS and NRP.

  • The PL1 class holds an annual Late-Night Bowling Tournament with a highly coveted trophy awarded to the winning team.
  • The PL2 class competes in an annual Ping-Pong tournament against each other as well as the Department Chair.
  • The PL3 class competes in annual basketball competitions and enjoys an indoor water park.
Resident Spouse Association


The Resident Spouse/Significant Other Association (RSA) is an organization for the spouses and significant others of MCWAH residents and fellows. It exists to help ease the adjustment to residency or fellowship life by offering many fun social activities for members and their families.

Making Memories in Residency





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In addition to loving all that Milwaukee has to offer, we also make sure to have fun while at work. Whether it's team color day every Thursday on our wards teams, the annual Halloween costume contest (that our residents frequently win), High Fashion Fridays, or a Wellness Olympics event, we bring the pediatrics spirit to all that we do! For more info, check out our section on Wellness.

Wellness and Mindfulness for Residents
The Wellness and Mindfulness for Residents program focuses on exploring and experiencing methods, strategies, and mindsets that enhance both personal and professional wholeness. Led by a group of residents and fellows, and supported by med ed staff members, extra-curricular activities are offered at least monthly.

Learn More about Wellness and Mindfulness