Congratulations and thank you! After years of sacrifice and toil, you are approaching the last hurdle of your professional development. You pondered, considered, and ultimately rejected many more lucrative and far less demanding career paths. You see beyond the stigmata of dysmorphic features, spastic or weak limbs, maladroit social relatedness, and even intrusive, inappropriate behavior, and honor the cryptic gift and unique potential in every child. “Cherish every child” is not a bumper sticker motto to you: it is your credo, your heartfelt belief. You chose medicine to make a difference, and you will at the moment you close the door on your first clinic day and sit down with a child and the family that loves her and is worried about her atypical development.
Thank you for considering Milwaukee, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. We doubt that your visit, should you accept our invitation, will disappoint. I suspect that your flight home will provide an opportunity to reflect pleasantly upon the extraordinary opportunities, potential relationships, and resources that will await your return, should you choose us and our institutions for the completion of your training.
I stress the plural - institutions - since we are an aggregate of clinical, research and teaching facilities. In our state-of-the-art research institutes, remarkable basic science research is conducted, and a literal stone’s throw away, our Herma Heart Center, HOT/BMT program, and nationally recognized NICU care for children referred from our entire region.
Our central theme has been to build a nucleus of collegial collaborative clinicians, educators, and researchers to develop a program of collective excellence. We currently have 9 full time faculty and plan to expand to 15 over the next several years. We have 6 physician assistants and nurse practitioners with exceptional experience and autonomy who collaborate with physicians to provide patients with speedy access to specialty neurological care. We are also supported by extraordinary nurses and support staff that are integral components of our clinical mission and services. Our chairman Thomas Chelimsky and section chief Kurt Hecox have extraordinary vision, energy and perseverance. A commitment to the right person and “correct fit” has guided our recruitment efforts. There will be many new faces eager to support and guide you when you arrive! Our program has trained fellows from diverse backgrounds who go on to a variety of career paths, from additional fellowship training to private practice to academic medicine. Our fellows have all passed the ABPN boards in Neurology with Special Expertise in Child and Adolescent Neurology.
During their training, our fellows have also had the opportunity to enhance their academic careers through writing book chapters, performing mentored research, and presenting posters at national meetings including those of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology and Child Neurology Society. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our fellows. Our fellows have the autonomy and flexibility to craft didactic curriculum based upon the pathology of inpatients and ambulatory cases and the unique clinical skills of faculty and at times community based expertise. We encourage debate and indeed collegial dissent with regard to disparate perspectives about patient management. Our fellows are encouraged to challenge faculty to be the best mentors and educators they can be.
A child neurology fellow’s training is only as good as the exposure he or she has to adult neuropathology. The mature nervous system, when beset by disease processes reveals the localization of dysfunction more clearly than in the developing child. Localization and formulating a neurologic disease hypothesis, so essential to clinical competency, are accomplished during adult neurology rotations .The fellow emerges from this experience with the confidence to explain at times more subtle deficits as clinically relevant in the sick child. We have a highly integrated program and our trainees benefit from a challenging yet highly beneficial exposure to superb adult faculty.
Milwaukee has a spectacular lakefront, diversity of gastronomical choices, affordable housing and proximity to NFL, Big Ten, NBA, and MLB sporting events as well as our beloved Marquette Golden Eagles. We are close to Chicago to which there is outstanding public transportation an accessible and user friendly airport and have the most amazing opportunities for cycling, cross country skiing and hiking, canoeing and kayaking in the country. What may matter most is the ease with which the essentials of life are available here: the positives of big-city living without many of the downsides.
We hope that you will consider our program as the place to embark upon this most critical juncture of professional development. The framework, structure, and comprehensiveness of educational opportunity and flexibility to do so in a nurturing, supportive environment are attributes of which we are quite proud .This foundation and your hard work will assuredly result in many families and children grateful for your skilled guidance and kindness over the course of your productive career.
We welcome contact and questions ,please don’t hesitate to be curious and we hope that you will be .
Priya and Chris