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About the Program

The MCW-MKE residency program provides the highest quality training for future psychiatrists. Learn about the distinguishing features that set our program apart from others and see why our graduates rank higher than the national mean in positive training experience.

MKE Residency Facts

Board pass rate for first-time test takers (2018-2020)
Residents pursued fellowships since 2016
Graduates stayed in Wisconsin since 2016

Distinguishing Features

  • The Medical College of Wisconsin is also home to fellowships in Addiction, Child and Adolescent, Geriatric, Forensic and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. In addition, fellowships are available to psychiatry graduates in Sleep Medicine and Palliative Care.

  • Multiplicity of training sites, including a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, County mental health facility, and private hospitals offers access to diverse patient populations and a well-rounded training experience preparing residents for any career.

  • Starting outpatient rotations in the second year allows residents to treat outpatients continuously over three years.

  • Psychiatric Crisis Service (PCS) is a unique psychiatric emergency room setting at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division where residents learn to effectively manage high acuity patients and facilitate involuntary psychiatric admissions.

  • Residents return to inpatient and consult rotations in the third year after having the new skill and perspective of the outpatient year. This approach helps to build on their earlier experiences.

  • Faculty includes psychoanalysts from the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society and experts in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) part of our unique psychotherapy training program.

  • Specialty Eating Disorders Rotation during PGY 3 year at one of the nation’s best hospitals for treatment of eating disorder.

  • Three month blocks in the PGY 1 year permit, at most, only three consecutive months away from psychiatry.

  • Experiential Group offers each class of residents a supportive forum to develop class cohesiveness and draw from mutual experiences. In second year, residents have monthly mindfulness groups, in addition to their experiential group.

  • Integrated Care Rotations for PGY 4 residents to work in consultation clinics embedded within Primary Care and specialty clinics.

  • One month of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry during the PGY 1 year allows for early exposure for those interested in or eager to learn more about the field.

  • Numerous elective options, including further specialty care, research opportunities or ability to work in a rural setting.

  • Opportunity to become a part of Medical Student education through committee work and/or teaching on clinical rotations and didactics.

  • Support for loved ones through the Resident Spouse/Significant Other Association (RSA).

  • An on-call system of reasonable frequency with no in-house overnight call on psychiatry rotations.

This program has a definite strength for the diversity of clinical experiences, from learning at the County facilities to the VA and Froedtert. There are many fellowship opportunities and a very supportive environment to pursue one’s interests.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine major teaching affiliates

Major Teaching Affiliates

We partner with several local and state hospitals and institutions to provide a balance of residency training in both public and private sector psychiatry.
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital is a full-service psychiatric hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient, residential treatment, day treatment and school programs. PGY 1 residents rotate in the Child & Adolescent Partial Hospital Program and have opportunity to rotate on the inpatient adult units as part of a choice rotation. Aurora Psychiatric Hospital includes the Dewey Center where PGY 3 residents rotate in addictions.

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Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Psychotherapy Center
Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital offers a comprehensive outpatient experience at the Center for Psychotherapies. Columbia Hospital is host to the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute and the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Foundation, through which residents can begin early admission program in anticipation of psychoanalytic training. Additionally, residents rotate in the partial hospital program and get experience with ECT.

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Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
This 505-bed hospital provides internal medicine, inpatient psychiatry, and addiction medicine training as well as outpatient neurology. Second year, residents work in the Geropsychiatry and PTSD Clinics.

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Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital
PGY 3 residents rotate on the 16-bed inpatient psychiatry unit with MCW Psychiatry faculty, providing inpatient psychiatric care and ECT.

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Froedtert Hospital
Froedtert Hospital is the major teaching hospital of the Medical College of Wisconsin and provides the clinical base for the consultation-liaison rotation on the medical and surgical services in PGY 3 year. Residents rotate through the Froedtert system for multiple outpatient electives (perinatal psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, transplant psychiatry, integrated care, etc.). The PGY 1 Neurology rotation and Emergency Medicine rotation are at Froedtert Hospital.

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Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (MCBHD)
The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is one of the program’s primary training sites. It has extensive inpatient, outpatient, day hospital, emergency, and community support services. MCBHD houses the Psychiatric Crisis Service (PCS), a free-standing psychiatric emergency room.

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Rogers Behavioral Health
Rogers Behavioral Health offers nationally recognized, specialized programs known for their effectiveness in treating children, teens and adults with OCD and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression and other mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as addiction. PGY 3 residents rotate on the inpatient eating disorders unit at Rogers.

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Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers is a FQHC dedicated to improving “the health and well-being of Milwaukee and surrounding communities, by providing quality, patient-centered, family-based health care, health education and social services, free from linguistic, cultural and economic barriers.”

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