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Transitional Year Residency

Practice alongside our teaching doctors to gain a broad clinical foundation and knowledge essential for your intended subspecialty. Our Transitional Year Residency offers an experience tailored to your career goals with hands-on training beginning your first day.

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Our program offers you a similar experience to practicing doctors, including inpatient and outpatient care. You’ll gain experience in primary and tertiary care medicine, seeing routine and unusual cases in a multispecialty setting. Our teaching staff value close working relationships with residents because excellence in patient care demands it. You’ll complete 8 required rotations and an additional 5 rotations in elective specialty areas from allergy to urology. As a resident, you’ll report to one staff doctor in charge of each teaching service, not to each patient's physician. This creates a nurturing teaching atmosphere—one we believe prepares better doctors and enhances patient care.

Academic focus

The Transitional Year Residency offers our doctors an opportunity to teach—an experience we know leads to better patient care. We serve as the Western Academic Campus of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, a partnership that brings medical students to Gundersen and allows residents to develop teaching skills.


We are committed to advancing medical research and healthcare. During your residency, you’ll engage in scholarly activity, which may include a research project, quality improvement project or other scholarly work. We’ll help with physician mentors and a full research support staff, including biostatisticians and media specialists.

Family statue outside Gundersen's La Crosse hospital.


We offer paid medical premiums, funds for educational experiences and more benefits to support you during your residency.

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Resident life at Gundersen

We’re focused on your professional development – and your personal growth and wellness. We support our residents through the physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging residency period so you retain your compassion for patients and passion for medicine. Some of the ways we encourage work-life balance and resident well-being is by:   

  • Offering affordable resident housing just steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse 
  • Building in time for personal wellness and engaging resident team-building activities  
  • Supporting volunteerism and outreach to help you – and our communities – thrive 
Aerial view of Gundersen's lacrosse campus.

Our renowned system

Rooted in La Crosse, Wis., with our primary medical campus, our integrated medical system spans 3 states and includes more than 65 clinics and 6 critical access hospitals. Our 500+ providers deliver world-class medical care combined with the right amount of love...we call it love + medicine.  La Crosse is home to more than 50,000 residents and offers the perks of small-town living with the arts, culture and entertainment of larger cities – all while boasting some of the most scenic landscapes in the country.   

Transitional Year Residency Program Overview

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
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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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