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Central Wisconsin Residency Program

Central Wisconsin Residency Program

Program Overview

The Central Wisconsin Residency Program (CWPRP) is a four-year training program based in the communities of Central Wisconsin: Wausau, Steven’s Point, Rhinelander, Wisconsin Rapids and Tomah. Our program offers the best of both worlds small and big, community and academia with a balanced life-style. While based in the communities of central Wisconsin, our residents receive didactic teaching through lectures, seminars and case conferences through the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee, as well as, local-based didactics. We place a strong emphasis on psychotherapy training for well-rounded psychiatrists. Residents will have a longitudinal experience to work with patients for several years.

If a commitment to community psychiatry with a strong academic institution and a balanced lifestyle are important to you and your family, we encourage you to apply to the Central Wisconsin program.

Central Wisconsin Residency Program Brochure (PDF)

Welcome From Our Director | Edward Krall, MD, MS, DFAPA, Assistant Professor

Edward Krall, MD, MS, FAPAWe are a recently (2016) ACGME accredited program that is part of an initiative of the Medical College of Wisconsin to develop medical resources in underserved areas of the state of Wisconsin. Our first class of three residents started in July 2017. The Medical College established a new medical school campus in Wausau in 2016. Along with that medical school, there is a psychiatric residency training program that is affiliated with the Medical College.

The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals has a reputation for excellence and received The DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award in 2016 by the ACGME as the best large program in the United States. This prestigious award recognizes institutions with accredited residency/fellowship programs that are exemplary in fostering a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and the delivery of patient care, which leads to the personal and professional development of learners. Now MCW is bringing its reputation and resources to where they are most needed.

The Central Wisconsin Psychiatry Residency Program is based in the communities of Central Wisconsin: Wausau, Stevens Point, Rhinelander, Wisconsin Rapids and Tomah. The direct faculty are the psychiatrists who are based in these communities. Their teaching and supervision will be enriched and enhanced by the resources of the Medical College faculty in Milwaukee. We feel our program offers the best of both worlds of small and big, community and academia.

Our program partners with the communities we serve and provide quality, cost effective and accessible mental health services that maximize the potential of individuals and their families.

Our mission:

  • We are committed to educating exemplary psychiatrists.
  • We enhance our communities by providing outstanding psychiatric care in the rural and urban settings we serve.
  • We respond to the needs of the medically underserved.
  • We strive to create an inclusive learning and work environment that promotes the dignity and respect of our residents, faculty, staff, patients and communities.
  • We strive to be responsive to the changing needs of the communities that we serve.
  • We strive to prepare clinicians to be culturally competent, to provide culturally competent clinical care and to promote culturally responsive research.

If you are interested in the opportunity to serve in areas of need and to draw upon the wealth of resources of the Medical College of Wisconsin; if you would like a big city educational experience and live in a small town with the peace of mind of a good place to raise a family, we invite you to consider the Central Wisconsin Psychiatry Program.

Program Information

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How to Apply

The Central Wisconsin Psychiatry Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

We do consider and accept qualified IMG doctors. We review a number of items on the application. Successful applicants to our program often have USMLE scores above 200 (or comparable COMLEX) and have passed on their first attempt. We also look at prior psychiatric experience at the residency level and evidence of a command of the English language. Evidence of a passion for a career in psychiatry and a social conscience are also valued. There are no absolute cut-off points, but these are factors we consider in reviewing the hundreds of applications we receive each year. There are some specific requirements listed below. After the entire application is reviewed, and, based on the application’s merit, an applicant would be selected to interview for our program. Our department does not routinely offer observership, externships or pre-match positions.

For application to our program, we require via ERAS:

  • Application
  • Four (4) letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s letter
  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement or letter of intent
  • CV
  • USMLE Step I and Step II transcripts or COMLEX steps 1 & 2 transcripts
  • We accept J-1 and H-1B visas.

Although the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is willing to pursue an H-1B visa on your behalf, there is no guarantee that it will be successful. The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals’ ability to continue to claim H-1B exemptions for applicants remains unsettled. On April 28, 2011, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) stated it is reviewing its policy on H-1B cap exemptions for non-profit entities (like MCWAH) that are affiliated with an institution of higher education (like MCW). Until further guidance is issued, USCIS is applying interim procedures to allow organizations like MCWAH to pursue H-1B cap exemptions. Unless determined to be exempt, H-1B petitions are subject to a statutory limit that would make the visa process availability and timing very unpredictable for those pursuing a GME program at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals.

Applicants must have an appropriate visa to begin Graduate Medical Education with the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. If a candidate does not obtain an appropriate visa that permits MCWAH to employ him/her on the designated start date, the training position will not be held and may be offered to another candidate.

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Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment

2020-2021 Academic Year (beginning July 1, 2020)


  • PGY1 – $61,970
  • PGY2 – $63,060
  • PGY3 – $64,170
  • PGY4 – $65,270

Additional Benefits

  • Vacation - 3 weeks
  • Education Leave - 5 days (beginning in the PGY2 year)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

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Contact Us

MCW-Central Wisconsin
1900 Westwood Dr., Suite 3100
Wausau, WI 54401-4106

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