First in the Nation
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (UW Ob-Gyn) is proud to offer a rural residency training track - the first in the nation to offer specific training for rural women's health. The state of Wisconsin and the nation as a whole face an increasing shortage of physicians, especially in rural areas.
In response, UW Ob-Gyn has developed strategic partnerships with rural Wisconsin hospitals where rural-track residents will train to provide excellent specialty care to rural women. In line with the Wisconsin Idea - the principle that the university should benefit people far beyond the borders of our campus - UW Ob-Gyn is committed to improving the quality of life for women across Wisconsin and beyond.
Who should apply?
If you are inspired to practice medicine in rural areas in Wisconsin, you are encouraged to apply. Ideal applicants will have had meaningful experiences with rural communities and an enduring commitment to providing health care to women in rural Wisconsin. Applicants should have a solid record of community involvement and a strong interest in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The Rural Track Program will be a separate MATCH from the parent program. On ERAS when selecting UW-Madison’s program in the drop down, there will be an additional dropdown box for the rural track. You may apply for both programs if interested.
Rural Track Curriculum
Over the four training years, the rural track resident will complete approximately 20% of their training at three rural sites. Each rural rotation will be three weeks long, and you will be able to stay within that community. The training sites include Portage, Monroe and Waupun.
Rural Residency in the News
On June 11, 2020, graduating resident Antonio Romo de Vivar Chavez, MD presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Building the Most Important Memories of Residency, Your Muscle Memory: Surgical … more
On June 4, 2020, graduating resident Kathleen Ireland, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Heart Matters: Cardiovascular Disease & Pregnancy.”
In her presentation, Ireland discussed impacts … more