MCW Adult Neurology Residency Program

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all residency and fellowship interviews for the 2020-2021 academic year will be virtual. Please check back regularly for more information on our process and on our programs.

About our program

Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency Program and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Like all programs, we are adapting to the “new normal” of the current pandemic. We are transitioning our interview process to a virtual experience and developing new content to get you to know us and experience our program in a virtual environment. 

While the circumstances surrounding the Match for the 2020-2021 academic year are unique and unprecedented, our commitment to resident education remains unwavering.

Our mission is to:

  • Challenge our residents to achieve the highest standards of professionalism and excellence in patient care
  • Guide trainees in discovery and exploration of the full scope of the academic mission: clinical care, education, scholarship, administration, patient safety and quality improvement, and community engagement
  • Mentor all Neurology residents as individuals from internship through to successful practice and beyond
  • Nurture the professional growth of each resident toward their personal goals based upon their unique talents and strengths

Throughout your training, you will work in three hospital environments. The primary teaching hospital is Froedtert Hospital, a tertiary-care academic medical. You will also train at Children’s Wisconsin (our tertiary-care pediatric hospital) and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. In the coming weeks, we aim to put together virtual tours of some key locations (similar to the tour we would normally do when you visit our program).

Our Department of Neurology includes clinical faculty from virtually all subspecialties of Neurology. In the coming weeks, we will have more from our faculty available on these webpages.

Training for residents involves both inpatient and outpatient experiences. For inpatient experiences at Froedtert, residents will work with faculty on the inpatient Neurology ward service, on the inpatient Neurology consult service, in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and in the newly-renovated Neurological Intensive Care Unit. At Children’s Wisconsin and the VA Medical Center, residents will work on the inpatient consultation services. To enhance your outpatient experience, you begin your continuity of care clinic experience as an intern. In addition, your subspecialty clinic rotations begin at the end of the intern (PGY1) year. Outpatient clinic experiences are part of your training at all three hospitals.

The Neurology Residency Program has an Academic Half Day for our primary curriculum which occurs every Friday from 12:00 to 3:00. A three-year curriculum cycle is utilized to ensure all residents have formal didactic exposure to all topics. Our Grand Rounds (Friday mornings at 8:00) allow residents and faculty insight into the latest research and clinical practice within Neurology and related fields from experts here at MCW and around the country. At present, both of these activities have transitioned to a virtual format and continue to be a key part of the educational and social fabric of our department.

As a categorical residency program, we offer guaranteed PGY-1 positions at our institution through an agreement with the Department of Internal Medicine. Our interview season typically begins in October, but given the delay in ERAS application release, it will start later this year. As a reminder, we will not be offering any in-person interviews or site visits due to the current pandemic. We also will not be offering away rotations or “audition” rotations due to the pandemic.

We look forward to working with you throughout the residency application process and beyond.


Chad Carlson, MD
Professor of Neurology
Program Director - Neurology Residency
Medical College of Wisconsin


Meet the Team

A brief introduction to the team that leads the Adult Neurology Residency Program.

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Program Overview

During a typical interview season, Dr. Carlson provides an in-person introduction and overview of the program. We have converted this content to work in this virtual interview season.

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Meet the Residents

Our outstanding residents are the key to the program’s continued success. Here our residents talk about the program.

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Meet the Faculty

Our faculty span the range of neurological subspecialties and have expertise in clinical care, patient safety and quality improvement, research, education, and administration.

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Life in Milwaukee and Upper Midwest

Residency is busy, but not so busy that you won’t be able to take advantage of the many amazing opportunities in the city of Milwaukee and the surrounding areas

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Contact Us

Contact us with questions concerning application to the adult residency program.

Ashlie Schaffner
Medical Education Coordinator II
(414) 955-0623


For all questions about our residency program, please contact

Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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