A Letter from the Adult Residency Program Director

Chad Carlson, MD

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.

MCW is a tertiary-care academic medical center with a large and diverse patient population allowing exposure to a wide range of diagnoses and disease-variants. 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. We are also one of the few institutions in the country to offer a five-year, combined residency in internal medicine and neurology, which allows graduates to attain board certification in both disciplines.

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 begins in their second year of residency.

The Program recently formalized its curriculum to ensure comprehensive education in board preparation and neurologic clinical practice. Besides didactic lectures, residents have the opportunity to attend interactive educational sessions. Our Department’s Grand Rounds (Friday mornings) allow residents and faculty insight into the latest research and clinical practice within the Department. Research conducted by residents is highly encouraged and supported by department faculty.

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 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 the 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 very large city, Chicago is about 90 minutes away.

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 and faculty interviews. We are able to provide one night’s lodging and transportation to and from the medical center.

Our program requires:

  • Graduation from medical school be within 3-5 years, unless pursuing a postdoctoral degree.
  • Clinical experience in the United States is not required but preferred for foreign medical graduates. (i.e. Observerships, externships, internship)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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

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