Welcome to the General Surgery Residency Program
The surgical faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin is proud of its residency training program and the accomplishments of its graduates. Our program has a number of strengths and resources which you should consider in your selection of a surgical residency program including:
- A broad-based clinical program at multiple teaching sites
- Research laboratories with established and funded investigators
- A growing medical complex surrounded by a beautiful residential neighborhood
- A philosophy of surgical education in which significant responsibility is delegated and experience is gained early in the training program.
Seven residents are chosen each year for categorical positions in the General Surgery Residency Program. The program is broad-based and prepares residents for one of three tracks:
- Community practice as a general surgeon;
- An academic career with a research focus;
- Advanced fellowship training.
Given the increasing need for General Surgeons in more rural parts of Wisconsin, the State of Wisconsin has funded a Rural Track at MCW. This track is considered a unique program within ERAS and the NRMP Match. The training is similar to our traditional residency, however, Rural Track residents spend only 10 months at the Milwaukee area rotations. Then, for 2 months out of every year, they go to Wausau, Wisconsin for their rural rotation. This rotation is at Aspirus Medical Center, which is a 200+ bed hospital. There are no other surgical residents at the hospital and the Rural Track residents participate in General Surgery, Acute Care Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Endoscopy and Vascular Surgery. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn some Ob/Gyn, Urology, Ortho, and ENT, which can be important in a true rural setting.
In order to qualify for this track, applicants must meet the requirements of the traditional General Surgery Residency, and they need to have a significant “tie to Wisconsin.” Qualifying ties to Wisconsin include, going to high school, undergrad, or medical school in Wisconsin. Other significant time spent or family connections in the state would also qualify.
Qualified applicants are welcome to apply to both the Rural Track and the Traditional Track at MCW.
2021 MCWAH Housestaff Excellence in Teaching Award Winners
Dr. Ken Simons, Designated Institutional Official and Executive Director, MCWAH, and Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation, shared the winners of the 2021 MCWAH Teaching Awards:
- Required rotation award - Dr. Elizabeth Traudt, MD, General Surgery, PGY5
- Elective rotation award - Douglas Pierce, MD, Diagnostic Radiology
PGY3 Residents are nominated by the program directors and voted upon by the MCW senior medical students. Each recipient receives a plaque and $500 from MCWAH.
MCWAH would also like to recognize the following residents who received a high number of votes:
- Jackie Blank, General Surgery, MD, General Surgery, PGY4
- Katheryn Hope-Wilkinson, MD, General Surgery, PGY5
MCWAH is indeed fortunate to have resident teachers of this caliber at our affiliated institutions!
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Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Surgery
Division of Education
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226