Gundersen Health System is one of the largest health systems in the United States. For more than five generations, it has been providing primary care and specialty care to over half a million residents of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Illinois.
In 1996, in recognition of the quantity and quality of medical education provided to the University of Wisconsin medical students, the UW Regents and UW Medical School designated Gundersen as the Western Academic Campus of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Currently, about half of all UW medical students have one or more rotations at Gundersen, including some who spend their entire fourth year at the Western Academic Campus.
Gundersen is a complete medical center with more than 400 staff physicians, each of whom have been carefully selected for their clinical expertise as well as commitment to teaching. Indeed, each staff member joins our multispecialty group only if they understand that a requirement is their willingness to support a very aggressive education program through their teaching.
All specialties are represented in depth, and there is an intense, dedicated education program which includes two to three daily organized teaching conferences. Furthermore, Gundersen Foundation sponsors two nationally-recognized consultants per week for an additional means of providing continuing medical education for our staff. Their visits include small group interaction with staff and medical students, as well as a formal lecture.
Residents and staff spend large amounts of one-on-one time teaching students
At no expense, the students are housed in furnished, air-conditioned efficiency apartments located directly behind the medical center. There are two students assigned to each apartment. These nice apartments all have a separate kitchen and bathroom. Free laundry facilities are also available, as is parking. Those University of Wisconsin Medical Students who spend their entire fourth year at the Western Academic Campus, are housed in furnished two-bedroom townhouses.
Meals are provided at no cost to the student during the staff conferences held at noon Monday through Friday. Evening meals can be taken in the hospital cafeteria except when "on call," when the evening meal is provided free. Evening call may be taken from home and is every fourth night.
Computers with internet access are located in the Medical Education Office, the Medical Library and Michael Erickson Apartments Student Lounge.
Third and fourth year medical students from the Universities of Wisconsin, Iowa and the Medical College of Wisconsin come for clerkships in pediatrics, anesthesiology, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, outpatient pediatrics, surgery, trauma and emergency medicine, psychiatry and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery.
In addition, medical students come here from colleges in Michigan, California, North and South Dakota, Illinois and abroad. Also taking all or part of their training at Gundersen are podiatry students from a half dozen states, students in rehabilitation psychology, physician assistants, nurse midwifery, audiology, orthotics, nurse-practitioner and other programs.
Because other affiliated programs with universities and colleges in the area bring nearly 1,500 students here for all or part of their education each year, this medical center is an institution of higher education.