Resident Life

Madison known as ‘Mad town’ by locals is a very lively city in south central Wisconsin and a great place to live, work and play. Downtown Madison is situated on an isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona, which offers a unique juxtaposition of aquatic, outdoor and urban activities from windsurfing, sailing and water-skiing to excellent restaurants, an active theater community and a great local music scene. Currently we have residents who are active members of local sailing clubs, sports leagues and multiple social groups. Please join us in reading a little about our life as a UW Emergency Medicine Resident!


Residents enjoy close working relationships with off-service residents, fellows, and attendings that are fostered during their off-service months as PGY1’s and 2’s. While in the ED, residents present their patients directly with their EM attending, which helps develop a culture of open discussion and learning throughout the ED clinical experience. In addition, being a part of the UWEM Residency Program means that you are part of the larger UW Emergency Department family - you are therefore treated as such by our many excellent nurses, techs, and unit clerks! The combination of these factors makes our ED a unique place to work, learn, and grow as a physician.


Emergency Medicine tends to attract people who “work hard, play hard,” and our program is no different. Residents in our program take advantage of the many benefits Madison and the surrounding area have to offer. We frequently gather together after work for group dinners, grab a drink at one of the many great local bars, catch a concert at one of Madison’s many concert venues or on the Capitol Square during the summers. We’ve also been known to run together in local road races or marathons, play a round of golf at one of the local courses, and enjoy various water sports on Madison’s two lakes, Monona and Mendota. And though the winters can be cold, that’s no excuse for staying inside - as the Madison area offers top notch skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-fishing. Not to mention all of the amenities offered by the University, including two enormous gyms for working out, as well multiple sporting events to attend and other various events throughout the year. We find no shortage of fun things to do in our spare time!

In addition to the usual day to day work in the ED, our program also finds other ways to foster resident bonding while educating us at the same time. For example, funding is provided for each resident to travel to national conferences. This provides an incredible opportunity to learn more about your fellow classmates while also enjoying a new city and attending lectures by the foremost experts in our specialty. Another example is our biannual residency retreat, during which we spend some time on “wellness activities,” and the remainder of our time bonding with the other residents and faculty in a low-stress environment.