Message from our Program Director

Jessica Francis, MD
Residency Program Director

Our institutions combined have more than 9,000 deliveries per year, with a busy high-risk service at all three institutions. This high volume allows exposure to large numbers of complicated, high-risk patients and diverse procedural experience. Compared to all other OB-GYN residencies nationwide, our residents graduate with experience above the 70th percentile for vaginal and cesarean deliveries, operative vaginal deliveries (forceps and vacuum) and multi-fetal pregnancies. We have level III neonatal intensive care units at all three institutions. However, not every one of these deliveries needs to be attended by a resident, emphasizing education over service.

In regards to gynecology, I believe we offer an unmatched educational program. Our benign gynecology surgical experience is excellent. Residents graduate with above average numbers of cases (compared to national standards) for all major categories of procedures. Our subspecialty experience is also broad. Residents spend multiple rotations on busy gynecologic oncology and urogynecology services. Our reproductive endocrinology and infertility curriculum emphasizes both the endocrine/infertility aspects of the specialty as well as excellent experience in advanced laparoscopy training.

Our residency program is about much more than procedural experience, however. The diverse teaching experience and learning environment at the three institutions facilitate you learning not just the how but the why. We have a formal didactic curriculum with 3-4hours of completely protected educational time each week.

In addition, our residents also engage in a departmental research requirement during the course of their training. Each resident completes a self-lead research project that culminates at the conclusion of their third year of residency with a presentation and final manuscript. Residents learn how to critically review the literature and how to develop an appropriate statistical approach as they design, conduct and complete a research study. The development of these skills during residency in an integral component of their professional training.

In summary, we offer what I believe is one of the finest training programs in the country. The hallmarks of the program are:

  • Diverse clinical experience with an outstanding blend of academic and community hospital training. Our community hospitals are true teaching hospitals, with decades-long traditions of resident education. Both Columbia-St. Mary’s and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare St. Joseph formerly had their own free standing residency training programs and each site takes enormous pride in their educational role in the residency.
  • Unmatched clinical experience emphasizing the depth and breadth of the specialty.
  • Commitment to strong didactic teaching program that emphasizes evidence based teaching and clinical experience. Conference time is completely protected from clinical service.
  • A diverse faculty at all three sites committed to education.

You will finish the MCW residency well-trained and well-prepared. Our residents have gone onto private practice, academic and fellowship positions. Please browse the remainder of our website for further details of the residency, our educational program, current residents, and the beautiful city of Milwaukee!