University of Wisconsin

History

Its mission is to advance the specialty of Emergency Medicine for the direct benefit of the citizens of Wisconsin and beyond. They will strive to do this by providing optimal and outstanding patient care for individual patients and families, while also recognizing the unique role their emergency department plays in filling the health care needs of their communities.

Leadership

  • Department Chair: Azita Hamedani MD, MPH, MBA
  • Program Director: Mary Westergaard, MD
  • Associate/Assistant Program Director: Ciara Barclay-Buchanan, MD
  • Associate/Assistant Program Director: Aaron Kraut, MD
  • Research Director: Manish Shah, MD, MPH

Training Locations

Primary Hospital

University of Wisconsin

Level I Trauma Center

Dedicated Pediatric ED

Stroke Center with Neuro-Interventional Team

ED Beds- 50 (expansion in progress) Annual Visits- 59.600 Pediatric Visits- 21% Admission Rate- 30%

Unique Attributes: Digital Radiographs, Electronic Tracking and Medical Records, ED-Based Radiology Suite, Distinct ChemBio area, Electronic Patient Records, Med Flight Program, 24/7 MRI and Ultrasound

Secondary Hospital

Beloit Memorial Hospital ED Beds- 27 Annual ED Visits 39. 459 Pediatric Visits- 29% Admission Rate- 8%
Unique Attributes: Digital Radiographs, Electronic Patient Records, Electronic Tracking and Order Entry, New ED in 2010

Tertiary Hospital

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
ED Beds- 16, Annual ED visits 16 200, Admission Rate 25% Unique Attributes: Veteran population, On campus adjacent to University Hospital

Curriculum

PGY1

  • EM Orientation - 1 month
  • EM - 5 months
  • Pediatric EM - 1 month
  • Pediatric ICU - 1 month
  • Medical ICU - 1 month
  • OB/Gyn - 1 month
  • Cardiology - 1 month
  • Anesthesia/Ultrasound - 1 month
  • Ortho - 1 month

PGY2

  • EM - 5 months
  • Pediatric EM - 1 month
  • Medical ICU - 1 month
  • Trauma/Critical Care - 2 months
  • Community - 1 month
  • Peds Sedation/Peds Anesthesia - 1 month
  • VA - 1 month
  • Elective - 1 month

PGY3

  • EM - 8 months
  • Community EM - 1 month
  • VA - 1 month
  • EMS - 1 month
  • Admin - 1 month
  • Elective - 1 month

Electives

Global Health- With support from the Medical School, Hospitals and Clinics and Medical Foundation, we have built relationships with partnering institutions in Ethiopia and Liberia to develop clinical, educational, research and administrative projects. A number of UW-EMRP residents opt to travel to these nations to immerse themselves in the challenges and joys of practicing medicine in resource limited settings. Over the past years, residents and faculty have participated in projects in Ethiopia, Liberia, Zambia, Nepal, El Salvador and Honduras. This life-changing experience touches each resident in a unique way. One described it this way: “Never have I so clearly felt the Cornerstones of Medicine; beneficence, non-malevolence, and self-determination; guide my thought process so regularly.”

Ultrasound- Our curriculum is structured around ensuring that each resident participates regularly in point-of-care ultrasounds in all three years of the program. While most programs offer one or two fellowship-trained faculty members, we have a team of five. As a resident, you will work side-by-side with these faculty in our superbly equipped, seven-machine facility (three Sonosite M-Turbos and four Nanomaxxs), and will build ultrasound expertise that is broad and deep. A one-month elective opportunity offers the chance for dedicated time with ultrasound faculty to refine scanning techniques, explore cutting edge applications for ultrasounds, participate in image QA and teach junior learners and medical students.

Medical Student Teaching- We offer a robust teaching elective in which residents work closely with our medical student clerkship director and assistant clerkship director to develop proficiency in both didactic teaching and curriculum development. Participants are assigned to a number of clinical teaching shifts with medical students, and also help to develop lectures and run skills and simulation sessions for our rotating students. Several of our graduates have gone on to complete medical education fellowships as a result of this robust experience.

MedFlight- Our residents train and work as flight physicians on the UW Health Med Flight critical care transport service. Med Flight has been providing the highest level of pre-hospital medical care available in the US for nearly 30 years. The program is among the busiest in the nation, transporting more than 1200 critically injured and ill patients annually. Training in critical care transport with UW Med Flight is integrated into our standard curriculum for residents who choose to fly. Additionally, a dedicated month-long elective experience is available for those that are interested in aeromedical transport. Both our graduates and current residents rate this experience very highly; it is one of the few experiences in residency where you are on your own for the first time (with close on-line medical supervision). We have found that this is quite beneficial for the maturation process one must go through in order to become a competent emergency physician.

Fellowships

University of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine 3 + 1 Program

The University of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Residency Program offers both a traditional three year residency program and an optional addition year. This innovative 3+1 program is intended for residents interested in an additional year that allows flexibility for pursuing clinical, academic, and/or personal interests.

Residents seeking this option will complete their residency program in three years and then enter a one-year fellowship. The type of fellowship will be determined based on resident interest and division needs. Interested residents should have a clear idea of their goals and should approach Dr. Hamedani by September 1st.

Who is eligible for the 3+1 program?

Currently this program is offered to University of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine residents only. It is not open to external candidates. Who should consider a 3+1 program?

Any resident who would like an additional year of training to pursue clinical, academic, and/or personal interests should consider this program. For example, a program can be developed under traditional fellowship areas or new, innovative academic areas.

How much will I be paid?

Compensation for the 3+1 year is extremely competitive, often more than twice as much as national standards for PGY-4 year and accredited fellowships.

How many shifts will I work?

Fellows will work a total of eight shifts per month. Furthermore, moonlighting opportunities exist at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Emergency Department, Med Flight, and Beloit Memorial Hospital. Additional compensation is provided for moonlighting.

Where will I work?

Fellowship opportunities exist at either the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) or Beloit, depending on interest and availability.

Contact Information

Residency Coordinator: Saby Cordoba, MS Email: scordoba@medicine.wisc.edu Phone: 608-890-9119 Fax: 608-265-8241

External Links

http://www.emed.wisc.edu/

See Also

Authors:

Yos Yachivev