We believe that our residents are our greatest strength. We are fortunate to attract outstanding residents from around the country. Our program is large enough to have flexibility to support the unique needs of our residents, yet small enough that residents form close relationships with one another. Our faculty are incredibly supportive while promoting an environment that values academic achievement, setting a high standard and challenging residents to become life-long learners, as well as excellent clinicians. A collegial environment makes the University of Wisconsin an ideal one in which to pursue your pediatrics training.
Our residents are quite successful at work and outside of work. A sampling of the honors awarded to our residents in the past few years includes: appointment to the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics (one resident selected nationally); best case presentation at the national American Academy of Pediatrics meeting, selected for publication in Pediatrics in Review; two CATCH (Community Access To Child Health) grants from the American Academy of Pediatrics; UW Housestaff Association Excellence award; and multiple teaching awards.
Our residents are also active in the state and national American Academy of Pediatrics, and have held various positions in the past few years including chair of the medical student subcommittee and resident liaison to the Wisconsin AAP.
Residents at Work
AFCH features beautiful resident work areas and break areas, with a spacious pediatric resident lounge with a Wii, flat screen television with cable, SubZero refrigerator stocked daily with food, coffee maker, individual resident lockers, and computer work areas. The lounge also houses individual call rooms with personal bathrooms, including showers. The resident team workrooms within AFCH have multiple workstations and an LCD projector.
Our recently renovated NICU also features beautiful resident areas, including a break room with a breathtaking view of downtown Madison, the Capitol, and Lake Monona.
Other perks to life as a resident here include meal cards when on-call at AFCH, free meals when on-call in the NICU, many breakfasts and lunches provided at conferences during each rotation and multiple reference materials (Harriet Lane, Bright Futures, and EBM Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature).
Residents at Play
Our residents are a close group at work and outside of work. Some residents are married, some are single. Several have kids (and they are cute kids!). We have a number of medical couples who have matched in Madison together - the program works with other departments to align schedules when possible. While we work hard, we also hang out frequently after work and on the weekends enjoying Madison and beyond. We enjoy attending Badger sporting events, taking advantage of Madison’s extensive network of bike trails, trying new foods at Madison’s many incredible ethnic restaurants, hosting holiday parties, playing intramural sports or just taking a walk through one of Madison’s many gorgeous parks.
Residency-wide social events have recently included: Casino Night at the home of the Department Chair, road trip to the Dells water parks, Madison Mallards game, tailgating and attending Packer and Brewer games, trivia night at local establishments, Rock Band parties, super bowl parties, and a resident indoor soccer team.
We believe that balancing personal time with the rigors of residency training fosters personal and professional wellness, which is critical to a successful career in pediatrics.