Application Process

We gladly accept applications from all allopathic and osteopathic medical students. Our selection committee reviews each application.

Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) PassPort Program: You can apply for reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while visiting Wisconsin Family Medicine programs. The more programs you interview with, the greater your reimbursement - up to $1,000. For additional information, please contact WAFP at 262-512-0606 or visit WAFP's website.

Application Process

  • Apply to the Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Residency Program through ERAS.
  • We accept applications through ERAS until Dec. 31 annually.
  • Our interview season begins the third week of October and concludes after the third week of January annually.
  • Our selection committee reviews all applications in full.
  • Invitations are extended based on the completeness and quality of the application.
  • Program Requirements:
    *Everyone is welcome to apply. The selection committee strongly encourages all candidates to meet these criteria.

    - USMLE scores of 200 / COMLEX scores of 475 or higher achieved on the first attempt.
    - Graduation from medical school within the last two years.
    - Six months of "hands-on" U.S. clinical experience.
  • Invitations for interviews are extended via e-mail.

Interview Process

  • The Program Manager will work with you to schedule your interview.

  • Interviews are conducted every weekday.

  • The interview day begins at 7 a.m. the hospital and concludes after you have lunch with some of our residents (approximately 1 p.m.)

  • All resident candidates are invited to shadow a faculty member or senior resident in the Family Health Center after lunch. We want to provide you an opportunity to experience "a day in the life" at our program.

  • We are happy to provide lodging the evening prior to your interview.

  • You are responsible for travel to and from Milwaukee, as well as transportation while in Milwaukee. (You can apply for reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while visiting Wisconsin Family Medicine Programs via WAFP PassPort Program.)

  • A confirmation packet will be sent to you via email. It will contain your interview agenda, driving directions to the hotel and confirmation number, driving directions to the hospital, parking instructions plus additional information about Milwaukee. You'll receive it two weeks prior to your interview date.

  • You'll have the opportunity to have dinner with some of our residents the evening before (or evening of) your interview. Your 'host resident' will be in touch with you to coordinate dinner arrangements.

  • If you're traveling with a significant other, please let us know. They are welcome to join you for dinner.

Interview Day Schedule

7:00 a.m. - Greeter Resident will meet you and take you on a tour of the main hospital
7:30 a.m. - Morning Report & Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - Tour of the Women’s Hospital
8:35 a.m. - The Program Manger will transport you to the Family Health Center
8:45 - 9:05 a.m. - Interview with a resident
9:10 - 9:30 a.m. - Interview with a resident
9:35 - 10:00 a.m. - Family Health Center Tour
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Interview with Program Director
10:30 - 11 a.m. - Interview with Faculty
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Interview with Program Manager
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch with some of our residents
1:00 p.m. - Return to vehicle or clinic shadowing (optional)

24 Questions You Should Ask

Because information is power, empower yourself by asking good questions during your interview. Wherever you interview, including here at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's, be sure to ask faculty and current residents these important questions.

Questions for Faculty

  • How many beds does your hospital have? How many ICU beds?
  • What is the demographic breakdown of your patient population, both inpatient and outpatient?
  • What services are available at the hospital and clinic?
  • What specialties are represented at the hospital? Please describe the working relationship between the Residency and the specialists.
  • How busy is the Emergency Room?
  • How many deliveries does your hospital perform a year and what will be my level of involvement?
  • What is my exposure and experience regarding procedures?
  • How is your inpatient medicine team designed? Number of students? Interns? Senior-level residents? How busy is it?
  • What is your teaching philosophy?
  • If a resident has struggles, how would he or she be supported?
  • What is the one thing about your program that you think needs to be improved and why?
  • What is the biggest advantage your program has over others in the area?

Questions for Residents

  • What was the most important factor that made you choose to come here?
  • What is the relationship like between residents and the various specialists at the hospital?
  • Do you feel supported by faculty?
  • What is a typical call like?
  • Can you explain what a 'typical' week (or month) is like for a first year? How about second and third?
  • What are the program's lecture series like? Are the lectures relevant to your training?
  • From where do you believe most of your learning comes?
  • What are the program's strengths?
  • Where can the program be improved?
  • Are residents concerns' addressed? What is the process?
  • What do you do for fun? What is the relationship like with the other residents?
  • If the program is considered "opposed": Can you please explain what it is like to have another program represented at the hospital. How will it affect my training?