University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health


An outstanding aspect of our program is flexibility. Instead of having a rigid, pre-determined schedule, our chief residents work with you one-on-one to build an individualized schedule that fits your individual career needs. Please see below for a basic outline:

Residents working together

PG-1 Year

  • 4 Medicine ward rotations total (at UW and VA); interns do day or night admission shifts and typically keep admits on their team
  • 1-2 ICU rotations
  • 1 Cardiology/CCU rotation
  • 1 Emergency Department rotation (no overnight shifts)
  • 3 rotations of outpatient General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and various subspecialty consults and clinics in intern’s field of interest (most weekends free)
  • Night float cross-coverage experience for 2 weeks
  • Lighter rotations interspersed with wards and ICU
  • Interns can align blocks with a clinical field of choice (e.g., a heme ward, consults in any subspecialty)
  • Vacation: 3 weeks, which can be coordinated with partners/life events

PG-2 and PG-3 Years

The PG-2 and PG-3 years consist of electives, selectives, ward, consult, clinic and research rotations. Residents work individually with chief residents to create schedules that are oriented toward their career goals and maximize their portfolios prior to job and fellowship interviews.

  • 5-6 (PG-2s) or 4 (PG-3s) total ward rotations (including Medicine wards, ICU, Cardiology/CCU, Hematology)
  • 2-4 rotations/year: subspecialty consult services, 50% outpatient
  • 2-4 rotations/year: dedicated outpatient blocks, including General Medicine, Transitions of Care, and various subspecialty clinics (including Infectious Disease, Pulmonary, Health Equity Clinic, Allergy)
  • 1-2 rotations/year: various clinical electives (Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Sports Medicine, Procedure Service, ENT, EP Consults, Palliative Care, Hepatology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Exercise Treadmill Testing, Transplant ID, Stroke, Radiology, Hospital Medicine, etc.)
  • 1-2 rotations/year (max of 3 total): Research elective (can alternatively be used for additional clinical electives)
  • 0.5 rotation (PG2s) and 1 rotation (PG3s): Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • 1 week conference time/year ($1200 stipend offered if presenting research done while a resident)
  • 3 weeks vacation/year as above
  • Interview time allocated for fellowship interviews (placed on light rotations to facilitate ample time for interviewing)
  • Specialty wards, clinics, and consults in resident’s field of choice are prioritized early in the year, to enhance career planning

Call Schedules


We have "team call" on general medicine ward services so that resident-intern pairs work up and keep all their own admissions on their team. Interns have 12 hours of admissions and 4 hours of follow-up time. Residents have 15-24 hours of admissions and 4 hours of follow up time. All residents are excused from AM and PM clinics post-call.

Call on Ward Rotations

  • UW Hospital Medicine wards: every 6th night
  • VA Hospital Medicine wards: every 6th night
  • ICU: every 4th night
  • Meriter Hospital: shift work (maximum shift length is 14 hours)
  • UW Cardiology/CCU: shift work (maximum shift length of 16 hours)
  • Hematology Ward: no overnight call
  • VA Cardiology/CCU: no overnight call
  • Cross Cover Night Float: 15 hours of cross coverage followed by a 33-hour break
  • Emergency Department: no overnight call for interns; 12-hour night shift for PG-2s and PG-3s

The program has decided not to incorporate 24-hour intern shifts as is now allowed by the ACGME (2017).