The Statewide Osteopathic Program is a unified, statewide program providing excellent osteopathic education and curriculum at all of the UW DFMCH residency sites: Baraboo, Eau Claire/Augusta, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau. The Osteopathic Program includes ALL osteopathic residents from each statewide location. The presence of both osteopathic and allopathic physicians strengthens the programs and educational/clinical experiences for all, including patients.

  • All residency programs within the Statewide Osteopathic Program are among the first in the nation to receive ACGME Osteopathic Recognition, and programs continue to be accredited by the AOA.
  • Graduates are eligible to take both the AOBFP (osteopathic) and ABFM (allopathic) family medicine board exams


  • The University of Wisconsin Residency Programs have a long history of teaching osteopathic residents. All osteopathic residency graduates have passed the osteopathic family medicine board exam.
  • Osteopathic and allopathic residents learn together in a collegial atmosphere.
  • Every program site has active osteopathic faculty and osteopathic community physicians.
  • There is support for integration of OMM/OMT into the resident’s practice along with the other areas of medicine. Residents have opportunities to use OMT within the continuity clinic setting and may have opportunities to gain additional experience in a specialized OMT clinic.
  • Additional training in OMM/OMT presented by UW DMFCH osteopathic faculty and experienced teachers from an osteopathic medical school at four, day-long workshops annually for osteopathic residents.
  • Graduates of a DO residency can teach in an osteopathic medical school or become an osteopathic residency program director.
  • Fourth year students are welcome and encouraged to do elective rotations within a Department of Family Medicine clinic site, but it is not a requirement. Doing so will assist you in your decision-making process by having learned first-hand about the program and location. For additional information see: Electives for visiting students.
  • No. Residents match at a single program and complete their training at that location.
  • The University of Wisconsin Statewide Osteopathic Family Medicine Program is approved for 40 positions statewide. These positions are not assigned to specific locations or year of training, so flexibility exists for residents to apply at programs that are best suited to their individual needs.
  • In 2020, the AOA will stop accrediting osteopathic residency programs. Instead, osteopathic programs will be accredited by the ACGME and can apply for additional Osteopathic Recognition for the osteopathic training they provide.  All our programs have already achieved Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME based on our current osteopathic curriculum and training.
  • There will be no change to resident licensure; osteopathic residents will continue to take COMLEX.
  • Osteopathic residents will still be eligible to take the AOBFP exam.

More Information



Jenny White
Phone: (608) 262-2218
Fax: (608) 263-5813

Program Size

Up to 40 residents statewide


“…this program really prepares us to excel as full-spectrum osteopathic (and) family medicine physicians – I love that I have the freedom to use my osteopathic skills nearly every day, and get to practice with and learn from such amazing colleagues…”
Taryn Lawler, DO (2014 Graduate, Madison)