Medical College of Wisconsin Adult Neurology Residency Program

Interview Updates

The Adult Neurology Residency Program will be conducting virtual interviews for the 2023-2024 academic year.

About our program

Welcome from the Adult Neurology Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency Program and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). I encourage you to connect with our program on Twitter ( and Instagram (@mcw_adult_neurology).

We will conduct our interviews virtually for the Adult Neurology Residency Program. Our interview process is a two-part process. In order to allow you more time to meet me (the Program Director), I have separated my interview out and do it before a more traditional “interview day” where you will meet with faculty and residents. For 2023-2024, we will be using the Thalamus system to schedule and conduct our interviews.

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 center; for more on this facility, please see the video tour on the Program Overview section of our website. You will also train at Children's Wisconsin (our tertiary-care pediatric hospital) and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Our Department of Neurology includes clinical faculty from virtually all subspecialties of Neurology. Training for residents involves both inpatient and outpatient experiences.. For inpatient experiences at Froedtert, residents work with faculty on the inpatient Neurology ward service, on the inpatient Neurology consult service, in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and in the state-of-the-art Neurological Intensive Care Unit. At Children’s Wisconsin and the VA Medical Center, residents will work primarily in the inpatient consultation services and ambulatory setting. 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 12-3 p.m. 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 a.m.) 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. Both Grand Rounds and the Academic Half Day are offered in hybrid formats with virtual and in-person attendance options.

We are excited to be transitioning to a 5+1 structure for our clinical rotation schedules beginning in July 2024. This change to our program will allow for an even greater balance between experiences in the ambulatory (outpatient) and inpatient settings to help our trainees learn the necessary skills and make informed decisions about careers. Our webpages will be updated later in the year (including the videos) to reflect the upcoming changes to our schedule. One thing that doesn’t change is the overall balance of rotations; this change to the schedule does not reduce the number of elective opportunities or take away from the core rotation experiences.

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 will start in October 2023.

Thank you again for your interest in our program. We look forward to working with you throughout the residency application process and beyond.


Chad Carlson, MD, FAAN
Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair - Education
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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