Residency Class of 2021

Forward. Focused.

University of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Residency

The Wisconsin Experience

At the University of Wisconsin BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, we aim to prepare resident physicians for the future of healthcare. We believe in supporting exceptional achievement through unparalleled investment in resident education, training, and post-graduation appointments within both academic and community settings. Our Residency Program aims to attract highly-qualified applicants with diverse backgrounds and exceptional interpersonal attributes who value a collegial and supportive training environment.

We invite you to explore our program, our state of the art healthcare facilities, and the greatest benefit of all - our people - who will challenge and support you throughout your journey here and beyond.

UW Hospitals and Clinics

Why Choose UW?

Our residents benefit from a forward focused four-year style curriculum rolled into a three-year training program, replete with opportunities to lead resuscitations of acutely ill and injured patients across the breadth of emergency medicine practice environments.

Hand in hand with exceptional clinical training, our program provides personalized career development, invested mentorship, and a Midwestern culture that's supportive, conscientious, and dedicated to helping you create the career to which you've always aspired.

So #WhyUWEM?


More than just exceptional clinical training

  • Focused faculty mentorship
  • Extensive elective time for niche development
  • Longitudinal training in quality improvement & patient safety
  • Advanced training opportunities with unique "3+1" structure

An amazing place to live and work

  • #3 Top 100 best places to live (Livability 2019)
  • Most educated city in Wisconsin ( 2018)
  • Top city for most successful women per capita (Forbes 2019)
  • Top hospital in Wisconsin since 2011 (U.S. News & World Report 2020-2021)
  • Sports Illustrated's #1 college town in America (2019)

Nationally recognized in education and research

  • Top 10 in NIH emergency medicine research funding
  • Financial scholarships to attend national educational conferences and global health experiences
  • One of a few flight medicine programs in the nation to fly full-time with a BC/BE physician on every flight
Mary Westergaard

Mentorship. Growth. Leadership.

Explore your full potential with the support and guidance of our world-class faculty.

"This is an agile program, it's a committed program. It's a program that listens to residents and works collaboratively to make sure they get the best training." - Joshua Ross, MD, Executive Vice Chair

Ask residents here what sets the University of Wisconsin apart, and you're bound to get a dozen different answers. That's because there is no single experience that defines training at UW. Whether it’s the top notch clinical experience, endless opportunities for scholarly engagement, individualized mentorship and leadership training, or the sense of purpose in serving the surrounding community, our trainees thrive in a department where the residency program is central to its mission. 

Don't just take our word for it - hear what our residents have to say!

"My education at UW has been better than I could ever have expected. The support of faculty and senior residents, along with comprehensive onboarding and training that spans the first five weeks of intern year fully prepared me to walk into my first rotations outside of the emergency department. I have access to educational tools and resources, and the PD/APDs are flexible to work with me in a way that is congruent with my personal learning style. The 'cherry on the top' of the program, however, is the phenomenal teaching and mentorship I've received from UW faculty during my shifts in the ED."

Rudi Zurbuchen, MD, PGY-1 resident

"Intern year off-service rotations provide invaluable opportunities to translate EM experiences into new clinical environments and bring lessons learned from those environments back into the ED. My lessons from the Cardiac ICU came back into play when seeing a patient whose home health nurse found him in an irregular heart rhythm with a systolic pressure in the 50’s. I found myself able to calmly consent and prepare him for sedation and cardioversion because – despite my arterial line confirming that pressure, and a bedside ultrasound showing an EF of 10% – he was alert, lucid, and perfusing the whole time.

I realized how comfortable I’d gotten with previously intimidating clinical scenarios, and how much I’d learned in a short time by working under our incredible EM and off-service fellows and faculty."

Tad Schmitt, MD, PGY-2 resident

Game Changing Outcomes

Choosing the residency at UW is a decision that will not only impact your life and career, but will help shape the future of Emergency Medicine. Our graduates leave residency with skills and confidence to pursue their diverse passions and join a close-knit network of alumni that stretches across the United States and around the globe.

From community medical directors to residency program leaders, professional sports team physicians to institutional directors of disaster medicine, our graduates are advancing patient care, medical education, and healthcare policy across our field. 

The impact that our graduates are making in our communities inspires us to move FORWARD, always FOCUSED on improving our specialty by developing game-changing leaders in emergency medicine who share our mission throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

- Alumni Spotlight -

Carrie Harvey, MD

Michigan Medicine

Following residency in Madison, Dr. Harvey became the first Emergency Medicine graduate to complete the Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Michigan. She now serves as the Emergency Medicine Residency APD at Michigan Medicine while also working clinically in both the ED and ICU.

Class of 2014    |  Ann Arbor, MI  

Chris Ford, MD

Columbia St. Mary's Hospital

Ever passionate about pediatric emergency care, Dr. Ford leads PEM care at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital and serves on Wisconsin's Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) advisory committee. He also co-founded the Dyslexic Medical Professionals Group and is an advocate for civic health engagement and social EM.

Class of 2017    |  Milwaukee, WI  

Alex Ebinger, MD, CAQ-SM

University of Colorado

Dr. Ebinger is a dual boarded Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine provider (one of fewer than 200 in the country). In addition to his academic faculty position at CU Medicine, he is a team physician for the Colorado Rockies (MLB), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), and Denver Broncos (NFL) and has also cared for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard and U.S. Speedskating teams.

Class of 2013    |  Aurora, CO  

Michael Repplinger, MD, PHD

University of Wisconsin

Dr. Repplinger is an accomplished research faculty and associate professor at the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine. His research aims to develop, validate, and disseminate radiation-free imaging technologies, particularly magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in order to reduce patients' exposure to ionizing radiation in the emergency department setting.

Class of 2010    |  Madison, WI  

Erica Peethumnongsin, MD

Duke University

As EM Ultrasound Director, Dr. Peethumnongsin oversees EM resident ultrasound education and launched Duke's first emergency ultrasound fellowship.

Trained in an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Washington Hospital Center, Erica is also working to develop a longitudinal point-of-care ultrasound educational curriculum in Tanzania.

Class of 2015    |  Durham, NC  

Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD

Stanford University

Dr. Caretta-Weyer is the Assistant Residency Program Director for the Stanford University emergency medicine residency program and EPA Implementation Lead at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Holly also mentors fellow MedEd faculty through the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Faculty Incubator.

Class of 2016    |  Stanford, CA  

One of the 'Best Places to Live in America'

Their words, not ours. You can't deny that the our residency program is located in an all-around amazing city given the accolades listed below. And oh by the way, Madison, WI is also home to a world-class BIG 10 university and hospitals that are ranked among the best in the world. Ranked 3rd best city to live in the U.S. by Livability (2019), we think you'll fall in love with Madison as soon as you arrive.

Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as a few hours from Minnesota's Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Nestled around Lakes Mendota and Monona, Madison is about as picturesque as it gets, and the Terrace at Memorial Union on campus at the University of Wisconsin might be the most delightful spot in the Midwest. And when it’s too cold to take advantage of the lakes, Madison offers a great dining and entertainment scene. Plus, it’s worth it to bundle up for a late-season Badger or Packers football game!

There is plenty of green space within the city and tons of lakefront since it sits on an isthmus, but it’s also within 50 miles of 21 state parks, forests and recreation areas. Madison is a friendly, easy-to-navigate city that’s full of things to do and see.