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. 

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 PL-3 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 PL-2/3 block is 4 weeks long.

#Vacation is taken in four 1-week segments from selected rotations.

PL-1 Year

The Pl-1 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

PL-2 Year

The PL-2 year is a transitional year between the broad experiences and closely supervised PL-1 year and the more autonomous PL-3 year. PL-2 residents gain additional experience in pediatric critical care, and have more ambulatory experiences including rotations in developmental pediatrics and community pediatric advocacy. PL-2 residents also are introduced to a supervisory role by participating in night float rotations and subspecialty ward rotations.

PL-3 Year

The PL-3 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.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provide a full-spectrum of pediatric subspecialties for trainees. These include:

Preliminary Year

The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are pleased to offer one position in a preliminary internship in Pediatrics. This one-year position is available for candidates who require a preliminary year before entering another residency program.

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.

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