About the Program
If a commitment to community psychiatry with a strongly academic institution and a balanced lifestyle are important to you and your family, we encourage you to apply to the Central Wisconsin program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Our Program's Distinguishing Features
It is based in the communities of Central Wisconsin: Wausau, Stevens Point, Rhinelander, Tomah and Wisconsin Rapids. The direct faculty are the psychiatrists from these communities.
Our residents will receive didactic teaching through lectures, seminars, and case conferences through the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee which was recently recognized by ACGME for its academic excellence as the Best Large Program in the United States. Residents also benefit from local didactics with program faculty.
MCW is uniquely committed to serving in areas of need. Our program will partner with the communities we serve and provide quality, cost effective and accessible mental health services. Residents will have the opportunity in their PGY-4 year to develop a community-based project designed to collaborate with local agencies or schools and meet a community need. Hopefully this will result in a presentation, poster, or publication. Our educational program emphasizes personal, one-to-one, teacher to learner experiences in a variety of clinical settings including private, community and VA hospitals and clinics.
- Elective research opportunities in a department that is ranked 22nd nationally among medical school psychiatry departments receiving National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funding.
- Opportunity to teach medical students on clinical rotations and didactics.
- Although the MCW Library is physically located in Milwaukee, its primary resources remain available to all residents and faculty regardless of location. Librarian consultation, document delivery requests, library training and library search requests are all available via internet or telephone.
- Overnight in-house call is not a requirement of the Central Wisconsin Psychiatry Program. There is occasional weekend rounding and select rotations with weekend coverage. Residents will have the time for the reflection so important for understanding and improving one’s performance and growing identity as a psychiatrist.
- Our residents’ wellbeing is important. There is an Experiential Group offering PGY1 residents a supportive forum to develop class cohesiveness and draw from mutual experiences. This is a new program, our first residents are breaking new ground and will always have open access to the program director. We will work to develop and implement a wellness plan for each resident and our small size ensures personal attention.
- Our Central Wisconsin location provides the opportunity for a balanced, affordable lifestyle with easy access to the great outdoors and without the worries of big city life and traffic.
- MCW believes that psychiatrists should be well rounded and places a strong emphasis on psychotherapy training. Residents will have a longitudinal experience to work with patients for several years. Supervision for psychotherapy will take place with local psychiatrists and psychologists as well as the psychotherapy expertise of the
- Medical College campus in Milwaukee via secure Skype connections. The psychotherapy faculty includes psychoanalysts and experts in cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) as part of our unique separate psychotherapy training program.
- Psychiatric Crisis Service in Marathon County is a psychiatric emergency room experience in a community setting where residents learn the fundamentals of legal commitments and testifying in court. They also will manage high acuity patients and psychiatric emergencies and coordinate care using local resources.
- In the PGIV years, our residents have numerous elective options including: Inpatient Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, Integrative Psychiatry (Consult/Liaison), Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Telepsychiatry, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Residential Treatment, Research, Geropsychiatry, Community Psychiatry, Partial Hospital Crisis & Mobile Psychiatry, Administrative Psychiatry.
- The Medical College of Wisconsin is also home to fellowships in Child and Adolescent, Geriatrics, Forensics and Psychosomatics. In addition, fellowships are available to psychiatry graduates in Sleep Medicine and Palliative Care.
Ascension Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander is a private general medical surgical hospital with a psychiatric inpatient service and a child/adolescent service. In the PGY1 year, Ascension Saint Mary’s is the site for two months of the six required inpatient psychiatry months. Their inpatient service provides care for patients with a spectrum of conditions. Residents will be supervised by a psychiatric hospitalist with back up from two other staff psychiatrists. In the PGY2 year, Ascension Saint Mary's will provide the two plus required months (20% FTE for 12 months) of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with their outpatient child program. Residents will not only diagnose and treat outpatient, but will also participate in psychosocial programs such as group and activity therapy. A staff psychiatrist certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will oversee the rotation and two off-site board-certified Child and Adolescent psychiatrists will provide additional supervision.
Ascension Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point also is a private, general medical/surgical facility where residents will have the experience of both Consultation Liaison and Inpatient Psychiatry rotations. The inpatient unit has 12 beds and the C/L service provides an average of 2-4 consultations daily. These two services will provide required rotations in these domains and will be supervised by three staff psychiatrists. In the PGY3 year, these two services will provide required rotations in these domains and will be supervised by three staff psychiatrists.
Aspirus Wausau Hospital is the primary care teaching site during the PGY1 year working in tandem with the Aspirus Family Medicine Residency Program. The Wausau Family Medicine Residency Program provides challenging experiences in rural medicine, cardiac and medical intensive care, emergency medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics. The MCW-CW residents will be part of the Teaching Service Rotation. During this rigorous Teaching Service (inpatient medicine) block, residents cover call from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, plus call in the hospital from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays or Sundays.
In the PGY1 year, residents will complete their two-month neurology requirement at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Residents will be part of the Medical College of Wisconsin's (MCW) academic neurology treatment service that sees acute inpatient neurological patients as well as provide neurological consults to the entire hospital. The combination will provide exposure to a variety of neurological conditions. MCW will provide housing for residents while they are in Milwaukee for the two-month rotation.
North Central Health Care (NCHC) is a not-for-profit agency that provides inpatient and outpatient health and mental health care for Marathon County and several other Central Wisconsin counties. Residents will have the opportunity to learn from the comprehensive community services that North Central provides. In the PGY1 year, NCHC will be the site of the one month Emergency Psychiatry rotation and three months of the six required months of inpatient psychiatry. The inpatient services provides treatment for patients age 13 and up with a wide variety of diagnoses. In the PGY2 year, NCHC will provide residents geropsychiatry (1 month FTE, 20% time for six months). The residents will be supervised by two full-time staff psychiatrists. NCHC will also provide elective rotations in the PGY4 year.
In the PGY 2, 3, and 4 years the Tomah VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Wisconsin Rapids will provide opportunities for training in several important areas. The Tomah VA is known for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as Integrative psychiatry where residents will be embedded in the primary care clinic performing consultations to the primary care treatment team and then advising the primary care physician who will provide ongoing care. In the PGY4 year, there will also be an opportunity for residents to elect/select to participate in a residential PTSD program at the Tomah VA Hospital. The Tomah VA provides housing for residents to avoid daily commuting during the elective/selective rotation.