A Letter from the Chief Residents
Dear Prospective Candidates,
As chief residents, we would like to welcome you to the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Neurology website and we thank you for your interest in our program. We would like to take this opportunity share a little bit about ourselves and to introduce our program from the resident's perspective.
I am from Mississauga (suburb of Toronto), ON Canada. I completed my Honors Co-operative Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Waterloo. I was then fortunate enough to experience medical school on the beautiful island of Grenada in the West Indies at St. George’s University. This amazing experience has been followed by many more including clinical rotations in New York City, Miami and now 3 wonderful years in Milwaukee, WI. Upon graduation in June of 2014, I will be joining a Neurointensive care fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA. In my free time I enjoy the food, festivals and entertainment in Milwaukee and “Face Time” dates with my husband Venkat who is a Psychiatry resident in Indianapolis. Having spent all of my life in big cities, I had my reservations about being apart from my husband in a smaller city where I knew no one. However, in our residency environment I quickly made friends who have now become my Milwaukee family. My hobbies here have included reading, dancing, wii zumba, watching sports and planning resident socials.
I was born and raised in Bombay, India. I was fortunate enough to attend medical school at Grant Medical College, Bombay, India. I came to the US to pursue my Master’s in Public Health at Western Kentucky University and did my Public health internship with Dr. Piero Antuono in Dementia at MCW. I liked the people and the work environment and decided to stay for my residency. Everyone here is very friendly, warm, and incredibly smart. The residents work hard and help each other out. Next year, I will be going to Baylor for my Neurointensive care fellowship, so I have been trying to learn some Spanish. I live downtown facing the lakefront. You can walk or ride your bike to most places. Cost of living is affordable. The restaurant scene is very good. We are always finding new places to eat. There are also many opportunities for outdoor recreation. I like spending my free time with friends, dancing, sailing and playing tennis.
Each year, hundreds of prospective candidates participate in the Neurology match. While few have predefined career goals, the vast majority rely on their experience during residency to guide decisions regarding what fellowship track or practice environment to pursue. A program that provides exposure forms the keystone of any resident’s career. In that regard, MCW has an exceptionally strong representation of many neurological subspecialties with several faculty members who are esteemed in their respective fields.
The subspecialties represented in our program include:
- Interventional Neurology (Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology)
- Neurointensive Care
- Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
- Comprehensive Stroke Program
- Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology
- Neuromuscular Disorders and a dedicated comprehensive ALS clinic
- Comprehensive Parkinson's and Movement Disorders program, including DBS Surgery
- Spine Care
- Autonomic Disorders
Among our assets are, a busy Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, a closed Neurological Intensive Care Unit staffed by neurocritical care boarded neurointensivists, State of the art Neuroangiography suites, a Neurophysiology lab with Autonomics laboratory, Stroke Center certification and Pediatric Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin which serves as the tertiary referral for most of Wisconsin and northern Illinois and boasts Nationally renowned Pediatric Neurologists and Epileptologists.
A truly unique feature is that we are one of two programs in the country that offer a combined Medicine-Neurology track. Our Med-neuro alumni have gone onto highly successful careers in Interventional Neurology, Neuro-oncology and Neurointensive care to name a few.
Another advantage of our categorical program is being assigned a weekly Neurology Resident Continuity Clinic as a PGY 1. This allows exposure to outpatient neurology during internship and fosters closeness to the Neurology faculty, staff and residents, creating a seamless transition from the preliminary year to neurology. Additionally, this allows completion of the Continuity Clinic requirement by the PGY 3 year. PGY 4 Residents are given the responsibility of a VA continuity clinic with increased autonomy and an opportunity to serve our veterans.
Our team consists of our residency program director Dr. Jennifer Connelly and associate program director Dr. Katie Spangler both of whom completed their residency training here at MCW before pursuing fellowships in Neuro-oncology and Movement Disorders, respectively. Dr. Christopher Anderson, joins us this year from the University of Pennsylvania as a second associate program director and to add to our compliment of Epileptologists. Jackie Davies our wonderful program coordinator helps us along every step of our training. The Pediatric Neurology Fellows are included in our group as we work very closely with them.
We cannot forget to mention the wonderful group of 2013 residents who were from different parts of the globe and yet work together seamlessly as a cohesive unit. Time and again, current and former residents have mentioned resident camaraderie as one of the main reasons for choosing our program. The graduating class this year has shown diverse interests with Ika Noviawaty going onto Epilepsy fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic, Bill Bake staying at MCW for Neurophysiology Fellowship, Jason Chen going onto Neurophysiology Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and Rochelle Sweis going on to Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Rush University.
In recent years, our alumni have done everything from going into private practice, continuing in academic neurology, as well as pursuing any number of Neurology fellowships either at MCW or at other prestigious programs such as Washington University, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo, Baylor, Rush, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, University of Pittsburg, Yale, UT South Western, and Columbia to name a few.
Last but not least, Milwaukee is a wonderful city, known for its ethnic communities, amazing waterfront, innumerable summer activities, and sports. You are never too far from a Bucks (basketball), Brewers (baseball) or Packers (football) fan or from tailgating at Miller Park! We have many wonderful festivals along Lake Michigan’s waterfront, among the most famous being, Summerfest, the largest outdoor music festival in the world. Summerfest has seen the likes of Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Kenney Chesney, Metallica, The Roots, Jay-Z, Kanye, LL Cool J and Sting. Milwaukee has the resources of a big city and yet the warmth of a small town. You can easily live in a vibrant downtown neighborhood, a cozy suburban community or the countryside and still be within a short commute to work.
We hope you will consider us as you embark on the next stage of your careers and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either of us.
Deepa Malaiyandi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Pramod Gupta (email@example.com)