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Residents and fellows

Residency & Fellowship Programs

Looking for a personalized, supportive educational experience? How about great perks and a chance to foster camaraderie with your peers and connect to an organization's purpose and priorities? We were, too. That's why at Gundersen we're proud to have created residency and fellowship programs that prioritize your learning, well-being and career aspirations while generously compensating you for your significant contributions.

Virtual interviews

Health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a concern for so many. Because of this, Gundersen Medical Foundation and Gundersen Health System will conduct all Residency and Fellowship interviews virtually for the 2021-2022 academic year. For additional information, please contact Gundersen Medical Education at (608) 775-2081, toll free at (800) 362-9567, ext. 52081, or

Integrity is one of our primary values in medical education at GHS.
Accordingly, we want our residency and fellowship candidates to know that we will not record interviews, as we believe that the interview is a personal experience. Respectfully, we ask that candidates also demonstrate integrity by not recording interviews or sharing interview questions with other applicants.

Welcome to Gundersen Health System

Why call La Crosse, Wis. home

Why grow your career at Gundersen as a resident or fellow?

Watch why you should choose Gundersen

Educational Experience

You have a chance to evaluate all patients, from common ailments to complex medical problems, along with developing problem-solving skills and expanding your knowledge base and management skills.

Added program value: All Gundersen clinicians contribute to teaching. Teaching is in our mission and exemplified in our corporate vision to enrich every life we touch. Direct teaching may occur at the side of a patient, in classrooms and via role modeling. Indirect support is given when clinicians provide clinic or hospital coverage while their colleagues are teaching; support multidisciplinary teaching within their section or department; and contribute to the culture of education through continuous quality improvement.


Competitive wages and benefits are vital to the success of any resident and fellowship program. But Gundersen provides so much more. Affordable housing within walking distance of where you will practice and learn on our main campus in La Crosse helps build community and camaraderie among your peers. (Ask us about availability.) Children and significant others are always welcome.

We also work to help you succeed by offering low learner-to-teacher ratios, direct access to program directors, program coordinators and support staff, and attention to your own health and well-being, including home call.

Added program value: Gundersen is one of 10 healthcare organizations nationwide chosen to participate in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments, a national learning collaborative focused on engaging residents and fellows in patient safety.

We also want to celebrate with you and honor your achievements. Our annual holiday party and graduation are ways we annually pause, bond and grow as a team.

Strategic Purpose and Priorities

You can impact Gundersen's strategic priorities through the patient care you provide and in your contribution to our patient safety culture and quality initiatives.

Gundersen's focus areas include improving the health of our communities, easing the financial burden of healthcare, offering an outstanding experience of care and enriching every life we touch.

Improve the health of our communities: You will be part of an outstanding clinical team invested in the health and well-being of the communities we serve.

Ease the financial burden of healthcare: It's our commitment to train healthcare professionals to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place, with our patients' desires and needs at the forefront. You can help us provide this care and lower patient costs.

Offer an outstanding experience of care: You can enrich the lives of your patients, their families, our communities and your colleagues. We are committed to creating an exceptional experience for all patients at all our locations. We hope you join our effort.

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