House Staff Association
Since the 1970s, the University of Wisconsin House Staff Association (UWHA) has been the organization dedicated to representing all accredited residents and fellows in graduate medical education training programs at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
The Family Medicine residents have affiliate membership to foster a sense of community among all the residents and Fellows.
Although independent, the UWHA works side-by-side with the hospital's Graduate Medical Education Office to provide job-related and educational information as well as benefits, perks and social outings to make the lives of the residents and fellows more manageable.
In addition to representing one's department on the UWHA Board, the UWHA provides residents and fellows with non-clinical leadership opportunities as resident/fellows representatives on the hospital's medical staff committees.
Through these committees, residents contribute to the hospital's health care and administrative policies as well as ethical and educational standards. Accordingly, when an issue or concern arises that cannot be resolved within the individual training programs, with the exception of Family Medicine, the UWHA officers meet with the Medical Director of Medical Affairs and the Director of Graduate Medical Education to discuss the problem and find a solution.