Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program
You should choose the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency program in La Crosse, Wisconsin, for:
We provide medical and dental insurance for residents and their families. Other benefits include: free parking, continuing medical education allotment and time, vacation days, practice search days, free ski passes to Mt. La Crosse, a very generous food policy, and an iPad to use during residency.
We use a mini night float rotation the first block to orient new residents to our night float system. We then transition to a night float rotation that covers the remaining 12 blocks of the year. Outside of night float, first-year residents are on duty eight to nine Saturdays during their first year; second and third-year residents are on duty four to five Saturdays.
Organized resident activities
Outside the clinic/hospital we organize activities that include all residents, spouses/significant others, and families. These include: Annual Resident Outing (personal/professional development); Annual Resident Retreat Weekend; Annual Ropes Course (personal/professional development); Bible Study; Book and Wine Club; Intern Night Out; Resident Wellness Morning (On Procedure Day) and Volleyball. In addition to others, we can set up on an individual basis, based on resident interest.
An affordable place to live
Sperling’s has La Crosse No. 8 on their list of Small Town Secure Places to Live (2011) and the cost of living is 88% of the national average. Housing options abound within walking distance to the clinic and hospital. Living “out in the country” often yields only a 10- to 15-minute commute.
A great place to live:
- La Crosse and the surrounding Coulee Region combine the best of arts, entertainment and nightlife, with an emerging emphasis on “silent sports” (hiking, biking, canoeing, etc.)
- On and in the water — Boating on the Mississippi; quiet canoeing on the Black, Root and La Crosse rivers; trout fishing in dozens of area streams
- On wheels — Nationally recognized bike trails crisscross the region; our hospital and clinic sponsor a Labor Day Bike Festival that draws casual and serious bikers from across the Midwest
- On foot — Climb the bluffs and follow the ridge tops on our “Human Powered Trails”
- In the stands — Join 3,000 of your closest friends for a Northwoods League (collegiate) baseball game; in the winter you can switch to Midwest Junior League hockey
- In the audience — Take in performances by the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra or the La Crosse Community Theater; local venues also attract national touring performances of Broadway shows, headline performers and specialty events
- In the classroom — La Crosse also home to three diverse educational institutions each recognized for their academic programs (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse; Viterbo University; Western Technical College.
- With your new friends — Pick a word, add “fest” to it and you will probably find people having a good time nearby (October-, River-, Irish-, Corn-, Butter- and more).
For those times when your interests are a bit more urban, you can easily fit in day-or one-night trips to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay or Chicago.
We are recognized as a great family medicine residency program with excellent residents, faculty and staff, and a great training experience. Our program has been around since 1976 with stable leadership — only three directors over all those years along with a good mix of new and tenured faculty members.
Residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and we are fully accredited through May 2022.
We are the only residency in our facility
Here you don’t have to compete with other residents for the experiences you need. This is a definite plus. Our residents get the experience they need on every rotation and are truly colleagues with our medical staff. Together, we are all part of one great organization: Mayo Clinic. Resident input is encouraged and respected.
Our faculty members have a long-term commitment to our residents and the traditions of family medicine education. We have a great mix of age, gender and expertise (geriatrics, sports medicine, women’s health, etc.). Our new program director has been with the program over 17 years, having been a graduate of the program and serving as faculty for the last 13 years, prior to his role as program director. Among our seven family physician faculty, we have many years of combined teaching experience.
Our clinical focus: primary care
High-quality primary care has always been the focus of Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. Family physicians are respected colleagues, integrally involved in all aspects of patient care and many serve in key leadership positions. Family physicians are not looked upon as second-class citizens, which makes this is a great place to learn family medicine in residency education.
We are a community-based, medical school sponsored residency program. This means we are housed and managed by our local medical center (Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare), and are academically sponsored with the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Mayo Clinic has an international reputation for excellence in medical education with over 2,400 residents and fellows in training during any given year. The residency program truly has the best of both worlds: a small program in a community hospital where family medicine residents have sole domain while being sponsored with a world-renowned medical center.
In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Mayo Clinic was recognized as No. 1 among “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News and World Report. And the literature supports the concept that the quality of one’s clinical environment during training impacts the quality of their practice for the rest of their life.
We have been expanding and remodeling many areas in recent years in order to provide a modern, up-to-date environment for our patients. Recently, we remodeled our clinic work area to meet the needs of our staff needing additional space for better care for our patients. Our new emergency, surgical and cancer center spaces are noted most often by staff and patients. Mayo Clinic in Rochester modeled their endoscopy suite after ours.
Some special features of our curriculum include:
- Global Health Elective
This elective is completed in a block of one to eight weeks. Residents choosing this elective are required to participate in additional programming that places an emphasis on international medicine. The program includes: lectures; pretrip planning; post-trip debriefing; formal presentation; trip reflection, such as a blog or a journal; and required readings.
- Hospital Medicine
We have an excellent inpatient family medicine service that is run by a first-, second-, and third-year resident, who are supervised by one of our full-time faculty. We work in tandem with our hospitalist program.
We offer two options when it comes to obstetrical training. The required curriculum consists of three months of obstetrical training, and combines experience working on labor and delivery along with some continuity obstetrical experiences. For those wishing to further develop their skills and obtain sufficient competence in order to include obstetrics in their future practice, we also offer an enhanced OB curriculum that is designed to assure competence in low-medium risk obstetrics and develop one’s skills in a variety of obstetrical procedures.
The majority of our faculty continue to see OB continuity patients and have expertise in breast feeding, colposcopy, IUDs and endometrial biopsies, and other women’s health procedures. Perinatologists from Mayo Clinic in Rochester work directly with you on your high-risk patients. Nearly 60% of our graduates, especially those in rural areas, include OB in their practices.
Our program offers a Procedure Day on a monthly basis during which procedures are taught in a workshop (hands-on) format. Some procedures you will experience include: GYN procedures (e.g., colposcopy, IUD’s, etc.), vasectomies, paracentesis/thoracentesis, hemorrhoidal banding, wound care, central lines, intubation, joint injections, IV insertions, splinting and casting, and newborn circumcision. Competency can be achieved in many of these procedures by the end of residency. Procedure Day also contains a segment for resident support and personal/professional development. Two of these are annual events: a pontoon outing that includes spouses and families, and a repetitive obstacle performance evaluation system (ROPES) challenge course for team building.
We offer a sports medicine rotation for interested second- and third-year residents who wish to enhance their knowledge and skill in this field. We also offer a sports medicine track for those wanting additional training. There are many local experts in sports medicine, and there is an internationally recognized exercise physiology/human performance program at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Dr. Mark McEleney’s recent hire as a sports medicine-trained Family Medicine physician will help to enhance this aspect of our program.
Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine
The Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency in La Crosse offers an ACGME-accredited Osteopathic Recognition Track for residents wishing to continue their osteopathic education and incorporate osteopathic manipulative medicine in their own clinical practices. The Osteopathic Recognition Track offers residents the ability to:
- Learn and consult from three dedicated osteopathic faculty members with specialized expertise and training in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM).
- Incorporate osteopathic medicine in all aspects of the Mayo Clinic three-shield model: Practice, Education and Research.
- Use osteopathic manipulative medicine to treat patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric in a dedicated Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine clinic.
- Attend specific lectures and workshops centered around Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Thirty-seven of our graduates loved our area so much they chose to stay here. You will find our alumni in a variety of practice environments and leadership positions across all 10 of our locations. Another 20 of our graduates practice within Mayo Clinic Health System, which spans 75 locations throughout Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Graduate survey results show their experiences here have made them well prepared for practicing in our ever-changing clinical environment.
The future of Family Medicine
In a word: “bright.” Health care reform has highlighted the need for more family medicine physicians and their importance in the rapidly changing health care environment. The demand for family medicine physicians around the country has skyrocketed, and you will have multiple opportunities for a great position when you complete your training with us. People know that if you trained in a Mayo Clinic program, you are well trained, and ready to begin the next phase of your life, making a positive contribution to the world of family medicine.