A Letter from the Adult Residency Program Director

Chad Carlson, MD
Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Our mission is to provide every resident with comprehensive training in neurology to prepare them for a successful career whether that involves subspecialty fellowship training at a major academic institution or private practice in a rural setting.

The program at MCW involves training at a tertiary-care academic medical center with a large and diverse patient population allowing exposure to a wide range of diagnoses and disease-variants. You will also train at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. One of the unique advantages of our program is that we offer guaranteed PGY-1 positions at our institution through a reciprocal agreement with the Department of Internal Medicine.

The Neurology Department has a diverse, experienced clinical faculty across a broad range of neurologic subspecialties. Our residents gain knowledge in the broad range of neurological subspecialties through both inpatient ward rotations as well as outpatient experiences. Our neurointensivists staff a state-of-the-art neuro-intensive care unit to which our residents gain significant exposure. Our Pediatric Neurology section practices at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, a nationally top-ranked hospital located within the medical center. Residents obtain outpatient training through a weekly continuity clinic as well as subspecialty clinic rotations that begin the first year of residency.

The Neurology Resident Program has restructured the didactic teaching into an Academic Half Day that occurs every Friday from noon to 3 p.m. A complete curriculum for these Academic Half Days was developed and implemented beginning July 1, 2015. This curriculum includes two primary groups of topics: the Neuro-emergencies/Neurological Fundamentals which will repeat every year and the Core Neurology topics which will occur twice in the three year curriculum cycle. Our Department’s Grand Rounds (Friday mornings at 8 a.m.) allow residents and faculty insight into the latest research and clinical practice within Neurology from experts here at MCW and elsewhere.

Unless you have spent time in the Upper Midwest, the idea of living in Wisconsin typically conjures fears of 10 feet of snow lasting well into July. To be certain, Wisconsin has four distinct seasons and is no stranger to snow (Milwaukee average annual snowfall is around 40-50 inches). These distinct seasons give rise to a wide range of outdoor sports and activities that are available year round. Having lived in a number of communities including New York City, I can truly say Milwaukee is a great place to live. Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin (with a metro-area population around 1.5 million) and is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. It is home to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, as well as a multitude of ethnic festivals on weekends throughout the summer. Whether you want to experience old world charm or modern culture, you can find it all downtown. Milwaukee has a vibrant, world-renown symphony orchestra and regular theater events (both local and national tours). Milwaukee is home to major professional sports with Brewers baseball, Bucks basketball, Wave soccer, and Admirals hockey. And let’s not forget that the Green Bay Packers are just up the road! And when one craves the traffic and hassle of a larger city, Chicago is about 90 minutes away by car or Amtrak.

Our interview season begins in October and runs through January. Prospective candidates arrive for a two-day visit that includes dinner with the neurology residents, attendance at our Grand Rounds followed by faculty interviews. We are able to provide one night’s lodging and transportation to and from the medical center on the interview day.

Our program requires:

  • Application materials be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
    • Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program
    • All five (5) positions for the class that will start their PGY-1 (intern) year July 2016 will be filled through The Match.
  • Applicants must have either:
    • Graduated from an LCME-accredited US or Canadian Medical School
    • Graduated from an AOA-accredited Osteopathic School
    • Graduated from a Medical School outside of the United States or Canada and have one of the following:
      • Have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
      • Hold a full and unrestricted Wisconsin medical license in your specialty program area (this would typically be applicable to candidates for fellowship)
      • Have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited Medical School
  • We sponsor J1 and H1b visas.

Thank you once again for your interest in our residency program. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Chad Carlson, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Program Director – Neurology Residency
Program Director – Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin