The Wisconsin Difference: A message from our Program Directors

Since Dr. Azita Hamedani founded the emergency medicine residency program in 2007, it has been the nidus for our growth from a small clinical service into one of the leading academic emergency medicine departments in the nation. Of our department’s many achievements in the time since, graduating nearly 200 residents and fellows who are now thriving in their unique and varied career paths is among our greatest.

Because at the University of Wisconsin, our commitment to providing world-class emergency care begins with investing in emerging healthcare leaders. We will spare no effort to ensure you leave residency with the know-how and mettle to lead a successful, fulfilling, and sustainable career. We call this The Wisconsin Difference:

  • Opportunity: Our flexible 3+1 program model lets residents tailor their training experience and hone their skills through a protected year of mentored niche experience after graduation.
  • Support: UW offers a vast and growing array of resources to foster academic excellence, including our resident coaching program wherein EM faculty support and advocate for residents through all three years of training to help them achieve their full potential.
  • Longitudinal training in quality improvement, patient safety, and pediatrics with guidance from faculty with expertise in these areas.
  • Teaching opportunities for residents through both peer (junior residents) and near-peer (medical students) experiences.
  • Teamwork: Our department emphasizes teamwork and close interaction with attendings and resident colleagues. Our care teams are like family, and we have strong relationships with cross-functional partners within the health system, as well as external partners in our local and global communities.
  • Flexibility: Our department’s and program’s leadership teams value feedback from our trainees on how we might improve the education and training we provide residents. This can be a challenge for well-established programs, but no matter how quickly we grow, we are committed to remaining agile leaders to optimize resident training, both individually and on a program level.
  • Mindset: Your experiences working, learning, and living in Madison during residency will lay the foundation for life-long learning and career sustainability for whatever comes next.
  • Progress: Our research enterprise performs high-impact clinical and translational emergency care research and was ranked 15th in the nation for NIH funding in 2022. We fully support investigators who are dedicated to generating new knowledge and advancing equitable health care.
  • Investment: Construction will soon be underway on considerable ED expansions at both University Hospital and East Madison Hospital, reflecting the institution’s recognition of the critical impact emergency services has on operational efficiencies across the health system.
  • Representation: Emergency medicine-trained physicians are embedded throughout the institution’s leadership, including at UW Health: CEO, Chief Medical Officer (x2), Chief Quality Officer, Medical Director for Quality & Safety, Associate Director for Organ & Transplant Donation; at the School: Interim Assistant Dean, Office of Multicultural Affairs; and President of the UW Medical Foundation.
  • A place for all. Beyond the sense of community we aim to foster in our department, with dedicated efforts by our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Centennial Scholars faculty, and faculty leading our School’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science chapter, UW Health is also a recognized leader in LGBTQ+ healthcare equality.

We invite you to explore our program and to apply to join our exceptional emergency medicine family here at the University of Wisconsin!