Clinical Pastoral Education

Aurora Sinai Medical Center

Aurora Sinai Medical Center is located in downtown Milwaukee adjacent to the campus of Marquette University. ASMC is a 200 bed hospital. It serves a diverse downtown neighborhood and the greater Milwaukee area as a medical center specializing in healthy aging/senior health, Parkinson Disease, women's health, neonatal intensive care, cardiology, orthopedic and bariatric surgery. ASMC's emergency department and outpatient clinics for cancer care, senior health, sexual assault treatment and women's health provide opportunities for students to serve outpatient areas as well as inpatient units.

ASMC shares a rich history with the University of Wisconsin Medical School. As a clinical campus for the University of Wisconsin's Medical School, CPE students are in an environment with staff accustomed to working along side students and welcoming them as colleagues. CPE residents and interns work collaboratively with physicians and inter-disciplinary staff in promoting attentive and gracious patient centered care. CPE students are entrusted with caring for the diverse religious and spiritual needs of patients, families and staff. CPE residents and interns are integral members of the patient's care team.

CPE at Aurora Sinai features an emphasis on developing an understanding of the individual and cultural dimensions of bereavement, addictions and end of life care. The CPE Program involves the traditional action-reflection model of learning where students share their reports of ministry with peers and supervisor for consultation.

The CPE Program provides a supportive context for exploring the significance of stories, the patient's and our own. It provides focused opportunities in group seminars for enhancing spiritual care skills and exploring the theories that promote greater understanding of those skills. Residents and interns present areas of research related to their unique learning goals each unit. Selected readings in listening skill development, models of spiritual assessment, theological reflection and spiritual care research are discussed.


Residency - The residency is a full time (three unit program) beginning in late August each year. The stipend for 2011-2012 residents is $27,040., plus health and dental insurance at employee rates and 23 days of paid time off. Each of the three units is typically 15 weeks long. Residents participate in week-night and weekend on-call coverage. Weekend on-call coverage is typically every other weekend. Week-night coverage is typically twice a month. We have four stipend residency positions.

Internship - Qualified applicants may participate as a full time intern member in the residency on a unit-by-unit basis. Contact the program supervisor for information about specific dates of the units. The units are typically scheduled: late August through December, February through May, and late May through August. There is no stipend available for intern members.

Extended Unit Internship - An extended unit is a part time six-month program. Beginning in late May the extended unit runs through November. Interns meet once a week for seminars after concluding an initial orientation period. Interns provide on a weekly basis approximately eight hours of direct patient care and are also on-call for approximately fourteen on-call nights/weekends during the unit. Clinical and on-call schedules are negotiated with the program supervisor. There is no stipend available for extended unit interns.


$500.00 per unit.

Scholarships and special payment plans are available for those with financial need.


To obtain information or an application contact:

Spiritual Care Department
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 219-6080 or email