Resident Life

res life(1)Experiences Beyond Education

Beyond conferences and operating room expereinces, residents in our program develop special relationships, friendships and mentorships. At MCW, residents and faculty work in a collegial environment which foster important experiences beyond just orthopaedic surgery education.

Nicaragua Mission

As part of MCW’s orthopaedic surgical training program, fifth year residents have the opportunity to participate in an international externship with Milwaukee Orthopaedics Overseas (MOO).

Camp Schwab

We welcome our new PGY1 residents to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery with a two day orientation. The first day starts off with a continental breakfast with the Chairman, Dr. King, and the PGY2 residents.  Residents receive their i-pads, labcoats, pagers, books, and are fitted for lead and loupes.

The PGY1 residents continue with training sessions including introduction to sterile technique and the operating room, application of casts and splints, basic suturing and knot tying, behavior expectations and code of conduct, CPT and case log coding, and clinic operations and expectations. There is also 4 hours of instruction for the PGY5’s.

Topics include CPT coding, being an effective teacher and leader, and how to evaluate junior residents or medical students.

AO Fracture Course

Each year the department sponsors the PGY 2 residents’ attendance to the AO Basic Fracture Course.

Milwaukee Orthopaedic Society

A local society of orthopaedic surgeons, which meets four times per year to hear an invited speaker. Residents are invited to attend as sponsored guests. One meeting per year is dedicated to the graduating residents for presentation of a case report.

Wisconsin Orthopedic Society

A state society of orthopaedic surgeons, including residents from the two academic residency programs in Wisconsin (MCW and UW). All MCW residents, PGY2-PGY5, are excused from clinical duties to attend the meeting. The purpose of the Wisconsin Orthopaedic Society is to enhance the commitment of the practicing orthopaedic surgeons in Wisconsin to stay abreast of current information and advancements in the dynamic practice of modern orthopaedic surgery. This is encouraged by members and by selected guest speakers and annual meetings.

Participation in this annual program affords Orthopaedic physicians, residents, interns, medical students and allied health care personnel the opportunity to:

  1. Update their knowledge and skills and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, public, or the profession.
  2. Discuss clinical information in an educational setting where common concerns can be expressed and relevant experiences shared.
  3. Describe both established procedures and recent advances in orthopaedic diagnosis and treatment.

AAOS Annual Meeting

Each year the department sponsors the chief resident’s trip to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting.


Orthopaedic Jeopardy is a long-standing graduation tradition for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Every year the faculty and residents separate into three teams who compete in orthpaedic related jeopardy questions. Drs. Schwab and Schmeling host the game and the residents on the Trauma team are the judges. It is also tradition for the PGY2 on the trauma service to dress up as “Vanna”, the game scorekeeper.

John S. Gould Lectureship

The John S. Gould Lectureship is the Department’s annual scientific program associated with graduation. Each year a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon is invited as visiting professor and gives a Grand Rounds lecture. Graduating residents, graduating fellows, other residents and graduate students present their research. Residents also give case presentations to the visiting professor. Residents compete for a $500.00 award for the best paper submitted as a manuscript to the Lectureship organizing committee.


Graduation is a time of celebration. Our PGY5 graduates are recognized for their academic accomplishments at the end of the year with a traditional formal dinner.

Golf Outing

The annual graduation golf outing is a long-standing tradition for the day after graduation. Faculty, residents, family, and alumni play an 18 hole round of golf. There are multiple prizes provided for different contests throughout the day.


Another graduation tradition. A time to roast the graduates, faculty, and staff. The celebration is hosted completely by the PGY4 residents and their families. It is the highlight of the year with faculty, residents, family, hospital and clinic staff all in attendance.

Life Long Friends

Our residents are a tight-knit group and develop life-long friendships during their five years in Milwaukee.