Medical Education

The first and most lasting impression that our fellows, residents, and students have of Gundersen Medical Foundation's medical education programs is that of an educational culture. We provide an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, teaching, and professionalism, while providing great patient care. This learning environment is reflective of our organizational mission ("We will distinguish ourselves through excellence in patient care, education, research, and improved health in the communities we serve.") and vision ("We will enhance the health and well-being of our community as well as enriching every life we touch, including patients, families, and staff.")

Gundersen Health System (GHS) is one of the nation's premier regional academic health centers. Our medical and dental staff of more than 500 providers represents nearly every specialty and serves a 19-county region in 3 states - Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. We offer fully accredited residencies and fellowship programs in the following:

Our medical residency and fellowship programs offer a balance of primary, tertiary, inpatient, and outpatient medicine. In addition to our main campus in La Crosse, educational opportunities are present in many of our regional sites, including rural locations.

Gundersen Health System serves as the Western Academic Campus for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW-SMPH). We teach medical students enrolled in the traditional UW-SMPH Medical Education Program and serve as a site for medical students enrolled in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) Program sponsored by UW-SMPH. Medical students from a variety of schools may also complete fourth year elective rotations at GHS.


Greg Thompson, MD
Director of Medical Education
Gundersen Medical Foundation

In addition, our Graduate Medical Education Office and Academic Admission Center provide educational opportunities for over 2000 graduate and undergraduate students, respectively, from across the country. These graduate students include those participating in the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse Mayo Health System Physician Assistant Training Program. Our graduate programs also include students seeking graduate degrees in nursing, microbiology and many more. Our undergraduate students include those seeking clinical rotations in nursing as well as many other health care fields.

As a member of Healthgrades® America’s top 50 hospitals in 2014 and 2015, you will experience outstanding clinical training at GHS. In addition, our state of the art simulation center in the Integrated Center for Education (ICE House) and research facilities complement the outstanding clinical training. GHS is also a founding partner of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium which contributes to our graduate and undergraduate educational programs and community and population health projects.

We view teaching as a responsibility; the responsibility to teach and learn best patient care practices; to teach and learn best patient care experiences; to teach and learn professionalism. All patient care providers are expected to contribute to teaching. This teaching will occur in both formal settings (conferences, journal clubs, etc.) and informal settings (rounds, role modeling, etc.).

The educational culture that is present at GHS offers an exceptional opportunity for learning. Please contact us for further information.

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