A Letter from the Adult Residency Program Director
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 that prepares them for a successful career, whether it is a subspecialty fellowship at a major academic institution or private practice in a rural setting.
MCW is a tertiary 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 certification in both disciplines.
The Neurology Department espouses a diverse faculty, representing almost all of the neurologic subspecialties. Our residents gain knowledge in the broad range of neuro subspecialties through both inpatient ward rotations as well as outpatient experiences. Our neuro-intensivists 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 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 that focus on oral board preparation. Our Department’s Grand Rounds allows 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.
Having been born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, I can truly say Milwaukee is a wonderful place to live. 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 is home to major professional sports with the Brewers baseball, Bucks basketball, Wave soccer and Admirals hockey. And the Green Bay Packers are just up the road!
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. (ie. 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.
Jennifer M. Connelly, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Residency Program Director
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin