The curriculum of our training program intends to provide a broad base of instruction and experiences, supplemented by elective experiences, that will allow each resident to acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills required to be an outstanding pediatrician, and also permit each resident to pursue their individual career goals.

Pediatrics Residency Curriculum Structure


  • AER = ambulatory enrichment rotation
  • HOT = Hematology/Oncology/Transplant Unit
  • Spec Elec = specialty elective
  • key speciaty elec = key specialty elective
  • open elec = open elective
  • CDC = developmental pediatrics
  • ED = emergency department
  • ADOL = adolescent
  • DHC = acute care pediatrics at Downtown Health Center
  • comm peds = community pediatrics

At the beginning of training, residents are very closely supported and supervised, with the opportunity to gradually increase in autonomy and responsibility as the resident gains increasing comfort in the in-patient and ambulatory settings. By the PL3 year, residents have been prepared to appropriately care for all patients in the hospital and in the clinics, and to assume a primarily supervisory and teaching role for their more junior colleagues.

By the completion of residency training, our residents are very well-prepared to practice independently as primary care pediatricians, as pediatric hospitalists, or to continue further training in the fellowship training program of their choice.

Each block is four (4) weeks long.

Vacation is taken in three 1-week segments from selected rotations. PL2 and PL3s also get one week of educational leave.

PL1 Year

The PL1 year consists of a variety of in-patient and ambulatory experiences which promote the development of independent patient care skills, the accumulation of medical knowledge, enhancement of communication skills and professionalism, improvement in supervisory and teaching skills, and the gradual development of a level of confidence, skills, knowledge, and comfort that will allow the resident to progress to the more supervisory stages of their training

PL2 Year

The PL2 year is a transitional year between the broad experiences and closely supervised PL1 year and the more autonomous PL3 year. PL2 residents gain additional experience in pediatric critical care, and have more ambulatory experiences including rotations in developmental pediatrics and community pediatric advocacy. PL2 residents also are introduced to a supervisory role by participating in night float rotations and subspecialty ward rotations.

PL3 Year

The PL3 year is designed to further refine patient care skills, expand medical knowledge, develop supervisory and teaching skills, and to utilize elective time to explore individual interests. At the completion of this final year, our residents have developed into outstanding clinicians, and are very well-prepared to enter practice as community pediatricians or hospitalists, to enter subspecialty training, or to pursue any other clinical or research training of their choosing.


Our elective experiences allow residents to explore their specific interests in pediatric medicine while working with many world and national experts in their respective pediatric subspecialties.

Continuity Clinic

Our residents have a weekly half day continuity clinic where the basics of well-child care and preventative pediatric medicine are learned. Residents can attend an inner-city clinic staffed by department faculty (the Downtown Health Center) or one of multiple community pediatric practices in Milwaukee and its suburbs.

Conferences and Workshops

Senior Rounds with Dr. Kliegman (Daily) – A unique and valuable experience where our senior residents meet with Dr. Robert “Bob” Kliegman, current editor of Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics, to discuss their patients, supervisory clinical experiences and cutting edge pediatric medicine. Multiple faculty also join the group on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to provided expertise in their field (including Infectious Disease, Neonatology, Critical Care and Radiology)

Resident Feedback and Input

Resident input regarding all aspects of the residency program is continually and actively solicited and valued. Your voice as a resident is definitely heard here. Written evaluations of all rotations and of all faculty, along with verbal input solicited during individual program director meetings, resident retreats, and housestaff meetings, is utilized to strive toward constantly improving the educational experience and day-to-day life of our residents.

Quality Improvement Training

An innovative program to train pediatric residents in quality improvement began at our program in 2009 and continues through the work of Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva, QI faculty advisors and the pediatric chief residents.

Global Health Experience

The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics Global Health Program is an integral part of the pediatric and med-peds residency training programs.


The MCW Pediatrics Residency program offers six (6) Tracks - Global Health, Primary Care, Hospitalist, Subspecialty/Research, Career Identification, Hybrid - which permit residents to use elective rotations to complete requirements that are designed to prepare them for specific careers.

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