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Neurology

Child Neurology Residency

At the Medical College of Wisconsin, we offer a combined five year residency program with pediatrics as well as a three-year residency program in child neurology to qualified, promising physicians.

Our goal is to train academically oriented Child Neurologists who will be involved in a lifetime of excellence in patient care, academics and research.

The program is dedicated to providing excellent child neurologists. Given the breadth of child neurology, we have a rigorous program to ensure that all residents will have the skills to pursue future training in child neurology and/or as a general child neurologist. We strive to have our residents prepared for any clinical situation and job environment that may present.
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Residency Information

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Program at a Glance

Prerequisites for Appointment into Child Neurology Residency 3 Year Program

  • Candidates must hold the MD Degree or accepted equivalent:
    • US or Canadian medical school graduates must have passed NBOME I or USMLE I
    • Graduates of Osteopathic schools must have passed NBOME I or USMLE I
  • All International graduates must have a current ECFMG certificate
  • Candidates must have completed all ACGME pre-requisites
  • Candidates must be eligible for a Wisconsin Medical License
  • Candidates must register and apply to the Child Neurology Program through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) to be consider qualified applicants to the Child Neurology Fellowship Program
  • Candidates must successfully complete a personal interview

Prerequisites for Appointment into Child Neurology 5 Year Combined Program

  • Candidates must hold the MD Degree or accepted equivalent:
    • US or Canadian medical school graduates must have passed NBOME I or USMLE I
    • Graduates of Osteopathic schools must have passed NBOME I or USMLE I
  • International graduates must have a current ECFMG certificate
  • Candidates must register and apply to the Child Neurology Program through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) to be consider qualified applicants to the Child Neurology Fellowship Program
  • Candidates must successfully complete a personal interview
  • Candidates must meet all ACGME requirements for entrance

Pediatric Neurology Faculty

There are thirteen 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.

Benefits, Accreditation and Funding

Benefits

Child Neurology Resident receives 3 weeks of vacation and 1 week of educational leave each year of their neurology training. Research, as well as local, regional and national meeting attendance, is expected during their training. We have had two systematic reviews published by the residents in the last 4 years and are beginning our third this September 2017.

Accreditation

First accredited in the 1990, the Medical College of Wisconsin Child Neurology Fellowship Program received five years of full accreditation in 2012 by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, our Neuroscience Program has been ranked among the top 50 national centers by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) has recognized the Medical College of Wisconsin Pediatric Epilepsy Center as a Level 4 Center which recognizes our exceptional facilities and capabilities in medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Funding

There is guaranteed funding for two new child neurology fellows each year to be fully supported throughout the three-year program. Additional years of research training, including application for the Masters of Science in Clinical Research program, are available for highly qualified candidates.

Housestaff, Program Directors, Program Coordinators, and Department Administrators

The MCWAH Board of Directors met on December 1, 2017 and established the following housestaff stipend levels for the academic year beginning July 1, 2018:

GI - $60,000
GII - $61,060
GIII - $62,140
GIV - $63,200
GV - $66,400
GVI - $68,540
GVII - $70,660
GVIII - $71,940

The Working Condition benefit will remain $1,500 for the 2018/19 academic year. This payment is intended to help defray expenses for license fees, DEA fees, license exam fees and text books. This is a taxable benefit that will be paid in two $750 installments; one on the December 31, 2018 paycheck and one on the June 30, 2019 paycheck. There are compliance requirements that must be met to be eligible for this payment. Housestaff who complete mid-year are paid a pro-rated amount on their last paycheck.

Comprehensive Neuroscience Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and MCW

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we can provide that highest level of multidisciplinary care. Together, our neuroscience team offers state-of-the-art care for a wide range of pediatric neurological conditions bringing together pediatric specialists under one umbrella. By also integrating inpatient, outpatient, and physician services along these disease based programs, the Center provides access to innovative and comprehensive care and consultation services in a patient centered and service minded way.

As part of the child neurology inpatient service, we have a general consult service, epilepsy monitoring service, neurocritical care consult service and neuromuscular consult service.

While we see patient’s throughout the hospital, there is a dedicated 21 bed pediatric neuroscience floor. This includes, a self-contained, 12-bed Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit 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 specializing in pediatric epilepsy. An on-site EEG lab and advanced techniques such as functional MRI (fMRI) enable noninvasive mapping of language and motor function as well as specialized diagnosis and monitoring. State-of-the-art software and analysis allows co-registration of data from multiple tests, enabling our epileptologists and neurosurgeon to better localize the seizure focus within the brain.

Additionally, there is 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 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.

With specially designed facilities, innovative diagnostic equipment, educational programs and psychosocial support, the Neuroscience Center team is able to offer comprehensive care to all patients. Our multidisciplinary approach to children’s care integrates the efforts of pediatric professionals, including:

  • Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Physicians and interdisciplinary therapists and family support team
  • Pediatric Radiologists & Neuropathologists
  • Pediatric Neurointensivists
  • Pediatric General Neurology &Epilepsy Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants
  • Pediatric EEG technicians trained in IOM, LTM, and complex EEG services

The Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the Neuroscience Center is one of the leading epilepsy surgery programs in the country, performing epilepsy surgery in children of all ages from infancy to young adulthood. As one of the leading epilepsy centers in the country, 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 Patient Management Conference.

Our team of pediatric neurologists provide a full spectrum of neurological services for children including:

  • Childhood Epilepsy / Seizures
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Congenital myopathies
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Hereditary neuropathies
  • Metabolic diseases affecting the nervous system
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome and ataxia
  • Autism
  • Consultation services

Population Served

  • Total new pediatric neurology cases annually of more than 1700
  • Active pediatric neurology patients: approximately 7500
  • Long term monitoring admissions a year: over 400
  • Over 25 pediatric epilepsy surgeries annually
  • Outpatient visits a year: more than 8300
  • Inpatient days: 10,000 (includes admits to our Inpatient Neuroscience Unit, pediatric ICU, and neonatal ICU

Program differentiators

As a regional referral center, the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Children’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center provides care to children with seizure disorders while specializing in comprehensive diagnostics, treatment, and surgical services for children with intractable epilepsy.

Advanced Diagnostics

Froedtert, Children’s Hospital, and the Medical College 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
Letter from the Child Neurology Residency Director
Dear Candidates,

Congratulations! After years of sacrifice and toil, you are approaching the last hurdle of your professional development. The job of a child neurologist is one of the most difficult and most rewarding that can be considered. The ability to work with children with neurologic disabilities is both gut-wrenching and heart-warming. This field has been extremely rewarding; I am excited to welcome you.

Thank you for considering Milwaukee, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. We are, no doubt, a hidden gem. The clinical program encompasses a wide patient population with patients traveling from across the state, Midwest and even internationally to see us. Additionally, we have a state of the art program with nationally recognized institutes and basic science research facilities.

The educational program resolves around making our residents the best prepared for clinical, academic and research careers. The program is a rigorous but rewarding experience to make our residents experts in their field; experts that their colleagues in pediatrics, family practice and other specialties can rely on to provide the top quality care to our patients. Given this, we have provided an excellent support of teachers in our 13 child neurology faculty, a department of over 30 adult neurologists, 4 child neuropsychology faculty, 3 pediatric neurosurgeons as well as multiple other faculty.

Our residents also have the support of dedicated nursing and support staff including a nurse who is dedicated to the resident’s continuity clinic and resident patients.

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the city has a spectacular lakefront, diversity of gastronomical choices, affordable housing and its own NBA, MLB teams as well as proximity to the NFL and Big Ten (Go Badgers!). Without our own international airport, as a Southwest hub, we are close to Chicago but don’t need to rely on O’Hare for direct flights to many other major airports. The city has “big city” amenities without the “big city” hassles.

We hope that you will consider our program as you look to continue your training and beginning your careers. 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.

Sincerely,

Priya Monrad, MD
Program Director, Child Neurology Residency

Contact Us

For further questions regarding the Child Neurology Residency:

Priya Monrad, MD
Program Director
pmonrad@mcw.edu

Kimberly Hughes
Program Coordinator
(414) 337-8702 
khughes@mcw.edu

Program information and recruitment
childneurorecruitment@mcw.edu