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Gundersen is one of the nation's premier regional academic health centers training the next generation of healthcare professionals. Here, we deliver superior patient care with a personal touch. As a resident, you will also. You’ll grow here as you learn from our world-class physicians and hands-on experience in our teaching hospital so that you’re ready to deliver superior patient care.

Excellence in medical education

We embed graduate medical education into the world-class care we provide to a half million patients in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. More than 100 residents and fellows choose our accredited programs each year to pursue education and excellence, and graduate prepared to teach, lead and deliver superior patient care. With dedicated faculty and relentless support, you’ll engage in hands-on learning and research initiatives that will change patient care. 

Your experience

We’re renowned for preparing confident and competent clinicians. We earned our reputation by offering low learner-to-teacher ratios, direct access to program directors, and attention to your own health and well-being in a clinical learning environment built on collaboration and trust. As you learn how to become the care giver your patients desire, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need. 

Residency programs

Family Medicine

Our innovative, full-spectrum residency provides an outstanding education for Family Medicine physicians with a unique emphasis on practice in rural areas. 

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General Surgery

You'll work alongside attending surgeons performing routine and rare surgical cases and building an unparalleled foundation for your general surgery practice. 

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Internal Medicine

Our academic-focused Internal Medicine Residency empowers physicians to excel in independent practice through a multidisciplinary team approach. 

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The Optometry with Ocular Disease Focus and Optometry in Ocular Disease with an emphasis on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation deliver exceptional education and hands-on training.

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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Our program resembles the practice of oral surgeons with primary and tertiary care experience, collaboration with head and neck specialists and extensive training in office anesthesia. 

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Pharmacist delivering medication to patient in patient room.


Our year-long residency of core and elective rotations prepares pharmacists to promote safe and effective medication use across patient populations and systems. 

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Podiatric Medicine & Surgery

Grow proficient in total ankle replacement surgery and minimum incision bunion corrective surgery with the added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

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Sports physical therapists working on patient knee.

Sports Physical Therapy

Our program focuses on mentored experiences in injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance enhancement to prepare you to practice in any clinical or academic setting. 

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Transitional Year

Our program offers a similar experience to practicing doctors with experience in primary and tertiary care medicine, seeing routine and unusual cases in a multispecialty setting.   

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Welcome to Gundersen Health System

Why Gundersen

Aerial view of la crosse, wisconsin.

Call La Crosse Home

We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.

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Single family home near Gundersen's campus.


Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.

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Residents kayaking the Kickapoo river.

Prioritizing Your Wellness

As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.

Wellness opportunities
How to connect

We’re here to answer your questions.  

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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