Working at UW Health

UW Health physicians are faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), which includes a coinciding appointment with the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation. As such, UW Health physicians enjoy a rewarding clinical practice combined with enriching teaching and research opportunities.

An appointment with an academic institution such as the University of Wisconsin means that your employment is twofold: the UWSMPH component of your employment relates to teaching and research, while the UW Medical Foundation component relates to the care of patients.


UW Health physicians do, essentially, have two employers. The amount of time dedicated to teaching/research and how much time is dedicated to clinical practice determines your percentage of salary with each institution. In addition to two salaries, UW Health physicians have the ability to take advantage of two generous benefits packages. Please see Benefits and Insurance for more information. 

In addition to health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, your appointment as a UW Health physician provides access to various University of Wisconsin organizations.

The Natatorium/Unit II Gymnasium


Commonly referred to as "The Nat", this facility is actually two buildings joined together - the Natatorium (which means indoor pool) and the Unit II Gymnasium. The Natatorium (Unit I) was completed in 1963. Unit II Gym, completed in 1967, houses the west campus Recreational and Intramural Sports Program Office. This facility is shared with physical education, kinesiology, and intercollegiate athletics. Research laboratories, classrooms, and offices make this one of the most unique and functional facilities of its kind. The Nat is located on the west side of campus on beautiful Lake Mendota. In addition to the indoor activity areas, the Nat offers acres of outdoor beauty and opportunities for recreation. Run or walk along the Lakeshore Path to Picnic Point, challenge yourself to the Perrier Parcourse, or play on one of our well-groomed fields. There are six sand volleyball courts on the east side of the facility.

Nielsen Tennis Stadium (NTS)


Nielsen was donated to the University in 1968 by Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Nielsen, Sr. Ranked by the USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country, more than 800 students, faculty and staff players use this facility on a weekly basis. NTS features 12 indoor tennis courts and six squash racquet courts (including one doubles squash court). The stadium has shower and locker areas as well as upper-level seating for more than 1,500 people. The indoor courts plus six outdoor tennis courts are available on a reservation basis with priority given to students and faculty/staff. 



This very popular facility is in the heart of campus. The SERF houses the east campus Recreational Sports Office in room 287. Although informal recreation has many hours available each day, the facility is shared with kinesiology, physical education, and intercollegiate athletics. The SERF was built in 1983 to serve the 3,900 students living in campus high-rise dormitories across the street. In June 2003, the three-story addition was completed and opened for use. The new addition includes two gymnasiums, an expanded cardio center, and a new fitness studio. Also included in the expansion was air conditioning to the existing administrative area, racquetball courts, weight room, and fitness training room.

The Shell


The Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell) is located next to Camp Randall Stadium. The facility contains a track/court area featuring more than 60 pieces of workout equipment. In addition, a renovated ice rink reopened in September 2004. 

Memorial Union


Located on Lake Mendota, this classic Italian Renaissance building has been considered the "heart and soul" of campus since it opened in 1928. Students, faculty, visitors, and guests converge in Memorial Union to eat, meet, or just relax. It offers a deli, two restaurants, meeting rooms, guest rooms, four art galleries, an information booth, and a gift shop that offers discount bus tickets for students and Union members. The building also contains a movie theater and a craft shop. The Union hosts live music several nights a week inside the Rathskeller or outside on the Terrace overlooking Lake Mendota. Internationally renowned artists routinely grace the stage of the Wisconsin Union Theater, and outdoor enthusiasts flock to the six clubs run by Hoofers, one of the nation's oldest and largest campus outdoor recreation organizations. Visit the Outdoor Rentals Office to rent canoes and other recreational equipment. The Union also offers Babcock ice cream for visitors to enjoy all year round.

Union South


Union South, located near Camp Randall Stadium, is a gathering place for students, faculty and staff on the southwest part of campus. Built in 1971 to help accommodate the burgeoning student population that had grown to more than 30,000, it's home to several restaurants and a deli that serves Babcock ice cream. Union South also has a retail store, guestrooms, games room with bowling alley and hosts numerous student events including films, music and lectures. Many students get their first taste of UW–Madison at Union South, as it hosts SOAR events as well as "Badger Bash," a football tailgate party held before each home game.

UW-Madison Campus Libraries


UW-Madison faculty and staff who possess a current valid University ID card can gain access to all UW-Madison libraries. The UW-Madison libraries are the 11th-largest research collection in North America. Our collections include:

  • More than 7.3 million printed volumes
  • 55,000 serial titles
  • 6.2 million microforms
  • 160 linear feet of manuscripts
  • More than seven-million items in other formats, including government documents, maps, musical scores and more

The campus is served by Memorial Library, the largest library in Wisconsin, and more than 40 subject, professional and special purpose libraries. The libraries' collections are developed and managed by subject specialists. Purchase recommendations from patrons are always welcome. The UW-Madison libraries participate as a member of the following consortia: the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) - comprised of Big Ten institutions plus the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois - Chicago, the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL), and the Wisconsin E-Book Consortium. As a benefit of membership in these groups, the libraries license some of our databases collectively, negotiate discounts on shared electronic resources, coordinate resource sharing, and maximize the efficacy of our expenditures and our expertise. The UW-Madison libraries supplement our on-site collections with the resources of the nationally recognized Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

Transportation Options


We offer free Madison Metro bus passes, as well as the ability to sign up for the various parking options around the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.