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Curriculum & Schedule


Required Rotations

  • General Medicine Ward (3 rotations)
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma and Emergency Center
  • Pulmonary/ICU
  • Cardiology/CCU
  • Ambulatory (select one)
    • Urgent Care - Onalaska Clinic
    • Ambulatory Family Medicine - La Crosse and Onalaska Clinics
    • Ambulatory Pediatrics
    • Ambulatory Surgery

Five Elective Rotations

  • Allergy
  • Anesthesia
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Pathology (Radiology residents only)
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • NICU
  • OH&M
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ortho Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain Medicine/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (combined rotation)
  • Palliative Care service
  • Pathology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pulmonary Outpatient
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urology


Transitional Year residents are required to attend conferences based on the rotations you are on. These conferences are required when on elective rotations and required medicine rotations. You are also required to attend the monthly Intern Ethics Conference and Patient Safety Conference. Each block has its own Transitional Year Journal Club where a resident presents a journal article of their choice or presents and discusses a medical error they had been involved with.

During your general medicine rotation, you are required to attend the general medicine conferences. During your general surgery rotation, you are required to attend the surgery conferences.

Medicine Conferences

Our wide variety of internal medicine conferences cover inpatient and outpatient medicine, including both rare and common diseases. The recently remodeled Ross Learning Center and Overholt Auditorium have a complete array of state of the art multi-media tools to enhance presentation and learning.

Gundersen Medical Foundation offers complimentary meals at each morning and noon teaching conference. All house staff are able to attend all conferences unless there is a patient in need of immediate care.

Morning Report
This is a cornerstone of our resident education. It runs from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Attendance is expected for all internal medicine residents, other residents, students on internal medicine rotations and selected staff. The chief resident, a senior resident or GM attending physician moderates a case in a highly interactive fashion. Cases range from "bread and butter" internal medicine where the fine points of management are reviewed, to the rare cases where complete differential diagnosis, test selection and treatment methods are discussed. Additionally, M&M cases and Grand Rounds are presented by either teaching staff or residents at this time intermixed throughout the academic year. Grand Rounds focuses on an in-depth discussion of disease processes or guideline updates. All teaching is accomplished with an emphasis on evidence-based and cost-effective medicine principles.

Board Review Class
On Friday mornings a small group board review class is held using MedStudy and MKSAP as a guide. The chief resident leads this class that emphasizes the approach to difficult questions and the "hot points" that will be seen on the ABIM exam.

Intern Ethics Seminar
This is a monthly discussion led by Thomas Harter, Ph.D., Medical Humanities/Ethics, along with various staff. First year residents meet and discuss ethics in a case-based format. Topics are often driven by current clinical experiences in an effort to help residents handle difficult ethical issues that they will face during the remainder of their careers. 

Surgery Conferences


  • Surgical Residency Core Lecture Series (basic and clinical science)
  • Surgery Morbidity/Mortality Conference
  • Breast Cancer Conference
  • Trauma and Critical Lecture Series


  • Surgical Skills Lab Training
  • Anatomic Dissection Lab
  • Journal Club


  • Medical Ethics Conference

Other Conferences
In addition to mandatory medicine and surgery conferences, residents are encouraged to attend as many of the daily conferences at the medical center involving other specialties as their schedules permit.


Gundersen Expert Lecture Series (GELS) is an educational program based on the needs of GHS providers to help maintain competence and knowledge about new and developing information that affects their practice.

GELS is held every Wednesday from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in the Overholt Auditorium. Sessions are also available via live stream through Learning Zone.

Numerous other conferences occur throughout the hospital and clinic covering a wide variety of medical topics. Residents are always invited and encouraged to attend.

Available conferences include:

  • Cancer Center Grand Rounds
  • Imaging breast
  • Imaging general
  • Imaging ultrasound
  • Imaging pediatric
  • Neurology/Neuroradiology Case Conference
  • Tumor Board breast
  • Tumor Board CNS
  • Tumor Board GI
  • Tumor Board gynecology
  • Tumor Board head and neck
  • Tumor Board heme/malignancy
  • Tumor Board melanoma
  • Tumor Board pulmonary
  • Tumor Board urology
  • OB-GYN Ultrasound Case Conference
  • Dermatology Journal Club
  • Rheumatology
  • Infectious Disease Case Review
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