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Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Training Sites

The MCW Psychiatric Residency Program is embedded in the communities of Central Wisconsin. Residents will benefit from working in private, community and VA settings. It’s mission to serve the diverse populations of rural and small urban centers. If you are interested in serving in an area of need in a variety of locations, this could be your ideal training experience.

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.

The Tomah VA Medical Center - 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.

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.

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.

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.

Residents have the opportunity to do an outpatient child psychiatry rotation at the Marshfield Clinic which has the largest contingent of Child Psychiatrists in Central Wisconsin and a broad spectrum of child expertise.