Thank you for your interest in the University of Wisconsin OB-GYN residency program!
Listed below you will find some key information and answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about our application process.
We asked a few of our current residents (like the ones pictured above): When you were considering the University of Wisconsin-Madison Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, what were some of the burning questions in your mind?
Then we asked them to answer their own questions, based on their experiences thus far in the program. These are their unedited responses. Note: When more than one resident posed a similar question, we provided all answers.
We have a strong, organic support system for partners. They have a group text amongst themselves, hang out (without us!), and used to play weekly basketball games on campus (pre-COVID). My partner has built some great friendships during my time in residency. I kid you not, just last week he talked on the phone for three hours with the partner of a recent graduate. THREE HOURS! Apart from individual friendships that have formed, our partners are always welcome at residency events - they always have an impressive presence at our recruitment dinners and they always seem to find a fun activity to do together at our annual residency retreat while we are tied up doing residency things. Last year they rented a boat and went tubing (jealous) and the year before they went golfing (...not as jealous). If your partner has specific questions, please reach out to our recruitment chairs, and they will put you in contact with the partners of our program!
Our program is always evolving to meet the requests of residents. During my years here, I have seen great changes to our weekly didactic schedule, including more robust and frequent simulation. In the future, we are hoping to further improve our simulation experience by building it into weekly service-specific didactics in addition to the residency-wide simulations we already have during our protected Thursday morning didactic time. Additionally, we are planning to start a pre-op conference for our resident clinic patients and an informal monthly journal club to discuss sentinel articles within OB-GYN.
Your level of continuity with patients in the resident clinic is dependent upon your attempts at ensuring ongoing continuity. Given our rotation-based schedule changes, alternating between day and night shifts, we have frequent blocks of time where we do not have clinic days. For that reason, in cases of short interval follow up, patients may see more than one resident to get them the care they need in an efficient matter. You are also able to request ongoing follow-up with you as the patients exit via the checkout desk. In regard to surgeries, many rotations offer flexibility for you to be able to cover your own patients' surgeries (especially major surgeries), and some of that control comes back to you and your patient working to select a time frame where you would be available.