Curriculum

Curriculum

PGY I

Rotation# of weeks
Family Medicine Clinic 
(Research, Practice Management, Community Medicine)
8
Orthopedics 4
Surgery Subspecialty 4
Pediatric Outpatient 4
Pediatric Inpatient 4
OB/GYN 8
Inpatient Medicine 8
Cardiology 4
ICU 4
ER 4

PGY II

Rotation# of weeks
Family Medicine Clinic 
(Research, Practice Management, Community Medicine)
8
Rural 4
Surgery Outpatient 4
Surgery Inpatient 4
Elective 4
Pediatric Outpatient 4
Pediatric Inpatient 4
OB/GYN 8
Family Medicine Inpatient 8
ER 4

PGY III

Rotation# of weeks
Family Medicine Clinic 
(Research, Practice Management, Community Medicine)
8
Family Medicine Inpatient 8
Elective 12
Geriatric Outpatient 4
Endocrinology Outpatient 4
Rheumatology/Dermatology 4
Pediatric Inpatient 4
Palliative Inpatient 4
Sports Medicine 4

Electives

  • Allergy
  • Cardiology OP or IP
  • ENT
  • GI
  • High Risk OB
  • Infectious Disease OP or IP
  • Neurology OP or IP
  • Operative OB
  • Opthamology
  • Pediatric GI
  • Pediatric Allergy
  • Pediatric Development
  • Pediatric Endocrine
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehab IP or OP
  • Podiatry
  • Procedural GI
  • Procedural GYN
  • Pulmonary/ICU IP
  • Pulmonary OP
  • Sleep Medicine
  • TEC
  • Urology

Rural Medicine Rotation

During this one month rotation, the resident will work at one of Gundersen's rural community clinics. The site will be a PCMH and will offer full spectrum family medicine including obstetrics in this community.

Residents will practice with the clinic's Family Medicine team providing care in that setting, but will also work with rural surgeons and other specialists in the community.

Housing will be provided if required. This rotation will show the resident the opportunities, strengths and challenges of practicing in a rural community. All clinical sites are within a two hour drive allowing the resident to return home for weekends if there are no call responsibilities.

Core Rotations

Internal Medicine: The internal medicine training comprises two months per year for all three years. The PGYI year includes two months on an academic teaching service that emphasizes a slower pace within a highly academic environment focusing on complex cases. In the PGYII and PGYIII years, residents will rotate onto a hospitalist service staffed by general internal medicine and family physician hospitalists. These years you'll be part of a fast-paced, high-volume service with problems common to a community hospital which most family physicians will encounter. For more information, watch this video with our Internal Medicine liaison Dr. Stephanie Carroll.

OB: There are three months of required obstetrical inpatient care during the first two years which allow the resident to care for pregnant patients in prenatal, labor and delivery and postpartum. Routine vaginal deliveries, vacuum assisted deliveries and assisting in Cesarean Sections will be mastered. There are no other residents competing for vaginal deliveries on the labor and delivery service. Two months of further obstetrical training are available during the third year for those who plan on offering obstetrics in their practice. This additional training emphasizes advanced skills and high-risk obstetrics. For more information, watch this video with our OB liaison Dr. Deb Simon.

Pediatric Inpatient: Gundersen has a pediatric hospitalist program which includes pediatric inpatient, newborn and consultative services. The resident will provide pediatric inpatient care for one month of each training year with progressive responsibility and authority. The pediatric inpatient experience has no competition from other residents. Residents will feel highly competent after these months to care for common pediatric diseases. For more information, watch this video with our Peds Inpatient liaison Dr. Jennifer Kleven.

General Surgery: This two month experience in PGYII will include experiences in the general surgery clinic evaluating common surgical problems and performing common ambulatory procedures such as anoscopy, lesion removals and preoperative evaluation of common surgical problems. This will be followed by a one month intense surgery inpatient experience with opportunity to participate in general surgery cases and manage post-operative patients. Residents will also take at-home call for the surgery service and will attend trauma cases in the ER. For more information, watch this video with our General Surgery liaison Dr. Benjamin Jarman.

Cardiology: In this PGYI one month rotation, residents will care for patients with acute and chronic cardiac illnesses under the care of board certified cardiologists. This will include patients with ACS, STEMI, CHF exacerbations and rhythm disturbances.

Dermatology: This two week experience will give the resident an excellent knowledge-base in common dermatological conditions and enable the resident to learn common dermatological procedures such as lesion removal, shave biopsy, punch biopsy, cryotherapy and electrodessication.

Electives: Gundersen offers a number of high-quality electives to round out the resident experience and interests. Many of these are available on the La Crosse campus including most of the surgical, medical, neurologic and pediatric subspecialties.

ER: Residents will have two months of ER during the residency. The ER cares for over 40,000 visits per year and is staffed full time with ER boarded physicians. The ER is the only Level 2 Trauma Center in the area, receiving complex medical and surgical emergencies. A busy pediatric ER experience is part of this rotation.

Endocrinology: This one month experience during PGYIII emphasizes ambulatory endocrine problems, with the main focus on the treatment of diabetes and common thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal problems. Residents will apply skills learned from endocrinologists, nutritionists and diabetic educators to care for these patients which comprise a large portion of a primary care provider panel. 

Family Medicine Clinic: Residents will have 6 months dedicated to care in the ambulatory setting. Longitudinal care is also provided during core rotations. This newly designed Gundersen clinic is a certified PCMH team. Focus will be on maximizing the doctor patient relationship in motivational interviewing and providing high-quality longitudinal care across all ages. There will be an integration of wellness, disease management, pharmacy and behavioral health in the clinic. During these months, residents will have dedicated time to explore scholarly projects, quality improvement and practice management skills.

Geriatrics: Residents will spend one month caring for geriatric patients with a board certified geriatrician, performing geriatric assessments on frail, elderly patients. This will include caring for patients with gait dysfunction, multiple chronic problems, polypharmacy and dementia-related illness in an integrated team.

Gynecology: Residents will have a one month experience providing care to patients with board certified gynecologists. Common gynecologic procedures will be mastered. Residents will also experience with consults in the ER for issues such as evaluation of heavy vaginal bleeding, ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages.

ICU: In this PGYI inpatient month, residents will care for critically ill adult patients in a new state-of-the-art ICU staffed by pulmonary/ICU intensivists.

International Health: Gundersen has developed a global outreach program called Global Partners. Global Partners has been developed to improve the communities and lives in which they serve. The first project is to the Dakota Sioux Indian Tribe in Pine Ridge, SD. The team works in conjunction with the IHS to provide services in the poorest county in the U.S. The second project is a community development project in the mountainous rural area of Nicaragua. The last project is in Ethiopia where the team works on community development and providing surgical procedures to this impoverished area.

Orthopedics: This one month musculoskeletal rotation involves providing care with orthopedic physicians in the ambulatory setting. Common joint examinations will be mastered by the resident with management of common problems of the hip, shoulder, hand and hip. Fracture care, splinting and casting will be integrated into this experience.

Palliative Care Inpatient: Gundersen has a world-renowned end-of-life care program called Respecting Choices. This one month experience will allow the resident to care for patients in palliative care inpatient setting, and apply the skills to perform effective palliative care. In many settings, family physicians are leading programs and providing care in the end-of-life setting, so this experience is considered unique and crucial for practice.

Pediatric Outpatient: Residents will spend one month in PGYI and PGYII in the Patient-Centered Medical Home certified pediatric clinic caring for pediatric patients with common ambulatory problems. This will include the full spectrum of pediatric practice, emphasizing well care, anticipatory guidance, common infectious diseases, asthma, GI disorders and other common neurobehavioral issues such as ADHD.

Research: For graduation from the program, residents will be required to participate in two scholarly projects, at least one of which involves quality improvement. Our faculty have extensive experience in quality improvement, efficiency and safety. Gundersen Medical Foundation has staff including biostatisticians with expertise in designing, performing, presenting and publishing scholarly work.

Rheumatology: This two week experience with board certified rheumatologists will enable the resident to diagnose, care for, and when appropriate, refer common rheumatologic conditions such as gout, RA, SLE and Fibromyalgia.

Sports Medicine: Residents will participate in a Sports Medicine Clinic for one month supervised by a family physician with an added qualification in sports medicine and twenty years of clinical practice. Residents will learn pre-participation sports evaluation, treatment of common sports related injuries, with an added focus on concussion care. Residents will also attend sporting events and participate as a team physician during this rotation.

Surgical Sub-specialties: During PGYI, residents will rotate on four surgical sub-specialties for one month. These will include Urology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Podiatry.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System delivers great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

Share Your Story