About the Child Neurology Residency Program
Thank you for your interest in our Child Neurology residency program through the Medical College of Wisconsin. Our goal is to train passionate child neurologists who will go on to be involved in a lifetime of excellence in patient care, academics and research.
In keeping with work force trends suggesting the evolving training needs of Child Neurologists, we are excited to announce a new Child Neurology training pathway which blends one year of pediatrics training, one year of neuroscience research, and three years of Child Neurology training.
In an innovative new program, trainees will complete a preliminary year of pediatrics followed by a neuroscience research year prior to beginning three years of clinical pediatric neurology training. With this model, we hope to help jump start trainee’s research interests which can then be pursued as time permits through the clinical neurology years while maintaining eligibility to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology boards. Additionally, this responds to the growing movement in child neurologists feeling they do not need to be eligible for the American Board of Pediatrics certification examination.
Our program is made up of one year of general pediatrics in the pediatric residency, one year of neuroscience research and three years of ACGME approved Child Neurology Residency Training. View the program's schedule (PDF)
Prerequisites for Appointment into the Child Neurology 5 Year Combined Program
- Hold an MD Degree or accepted equivalent
- US or Canadian medical school graduates: passing score for USMLE1 or NBOME1
- Graduates of US or Canadian Osteopathic schools: passing score USMLE1 or NBOME1
- International Graduates: must have current ECFMG certificate
- Have registered and applied for the Child Neurology Program through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and NRMP (National Resident Matching Program)
- Must meet all ACGME program requirements for entrance
- Candidates must successfully complete a personal interview
Using state-of-the art facilities, we bring our pediatric specialists under one umbrella and integrate both inpatient and outpatient care. Learn more about the Children's Wisconsin Neurosciences Center.
Children’s Wisconsin has a dedicated 21-bed pediatric neuroscience unit. This includes a self-contained, 12-bed Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit built with state-of-the-art, all-digital, video-EEG equipment. The Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit operates 24 hours a-day, seven days a week. The unit is staffed by a team of dedicated physicians, nurses and EEG technicians who specialize in pediatric epilepsy. We have an on-site inpatient EEG lab and outpatient EEG lab. We use advanced techniques such as functional MRI (fMRI) to enable noninvasive mapping of language and motor function as assist with specialized diagnoses and monitoring. The Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the Neuroscience Center is one of the leading epilepsy surgery programs in the country and does epilepsy surgery in children of all ages from infancy to young adulthood. Our pediatric neurosurgery team performs over 25 pediatric epilepsy surgeries a year. Each patient considered for cranial epilepsy surgery is carefully evaluated first in the epilepsy monitoring unit and then discussed individually in the multidisciplinary epilepsy surgery conference.
We have a dedicated electromyography and nerve conduction laboratory which performs over 100 pediatric studies every year including intra-operative monitoring and diagnostic testing. Our comprehensive neuromuscular program includes a Muscular Dystrophy Association Care and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy center designation with a multidisciplinary team of over 8 specialties. Additionally, our neuromuscular program performs their own muscle and nerve biopsies with residents being able to participate if interested. The program is currently involved in multiple therapeutic and diagnostic research trials.
We also have a multidisciplinary pediatric neurocritical care and neonatal neurology programs. These services are mixed inpatient and outpatient services which involve multiple specialties and include a neurovascular stroke conference, neurocritical care meeting, prenatal consultation clinic as well as involvement in research aspects in these areas.
There are ten child neurology faculty in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin that are each fully involved with the residency and fellowship programs. We have a broad range of sub-specialties amongst our faculty with multiple research interests. If you would like more information about our prestigious faculty members, there is a small biography for each faculty member on the Neurology Faculty page.
- Pediatric Neurosurgeons
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Physicians and interdisciplinary therapists and family support team
- Pediatric Radiologists & Neuropathology
- Pediatric Neurointensivists
- Plastic Surgery
- Pediatric Pulmonary
- Pediatric Cardiology
- Pediatric Palliative Care
- Pediatric Neurology Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and dedicated Neuroscience RNs
- Pediatric EEG technicians trained in IOM, LTM, and complex EEG services
Our institution serves the eastern portion of Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well as the northern portion of Illinois. We also have patient who travel from across the country and internationally to see our providers. As the largest children's hospital in Wisconsin, we see a wide variety of patients in the emergency room, clinic, inpatient unit, and intensive care units. Our team of pediatric neurologists provide a full spectrum of neurological services for children including:
- Childhood Epilepsy / Seizures
- Headaches / Migraines
- Neuromuscular disorders including an MDA and Brachial Plexus Clinic
- Movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome and ataxia
- Pediatric Neurocritical care
- Neonatal Neurology including prenatal consults
- Neuropathology review
Froedtert, Children’s Wisconsin, and the Medical College of Wisconsin have expanded, and in some cases pioneered, the development and innovative use of advanced diagnostic techniques to map and image the functional and affected areas in the brain. These imaging technologies are used to diagnose disease, plan therapeutic interventions, and help orient surgical planning. Together, our brain mapping, SPECT and PET imaging technology provide patients and families state of the art comprehensive epilepsy diagnostic capabilities.
- Brain Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) scanning
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
- Advanced Brain Mapping
- Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
- Intracarotid Sodium Amobarbital (Wada) Test
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
- Cortical Stimulation Mapping
- Rapid Acquisition CT scanner – Revolve