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Resident Eligibility and Selection Process

The University Of Wisconsin Department of Neurology seeks well rounded candidates with a track record of academic success and great potential for the future. Desirable attributes include: strong intellectual abilities as documented by success in past academic performance, sincere interest in a career in Pediatric neurology, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

The neurology department does not discriminate among applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, arrest or conviction record (unless substantially related to job duties), disability, military status, or retaliation.

Applicants must have graduated or be graduating from U.S. or Canadian allopathic medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), U.S. osteopathic medical schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or non-U.S. or Canadian schools accredited by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Applicants must either be U.S. citizens, have permanent legal residency status (i.e., hold a green card), or be eligible for a J-1 clinical visa sponsored by the ECFMG. Note that our institution does not sponsor temporary worker (H-1) visas.

Applications to our program are only accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS); our ACGME ID# is 1805621119. We actually have two programs registered with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP): An advanced program (1779185A0), meaning that the applicant needs to complete two years of ACGME-accredited education in pediatrics prior the appointment, and a reserved program (1779185R0), which is open to applicants who are already receiving or have completed two years of ACGME-accredited pediatric training. The Department of Pediatrics offers two years of preliminary (1779320P0) training in Pediatrics for candidates interested in the advanced Pediatric Neurology position (1779185A0). Candidates for the advanced program are encouraged to apply to the Peds preliminary program in our institution.

All applications are reviewed by the Recruitment Committee, which will evaluate each application with regard to the following:

  • Academic transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean’s letter—once available)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Research experience
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE (at minimum, step 1) or COMLEX-USA (at minimum, level 1) scores

The most highly-rated applicants are invited for in-person interviews. Those accepted for interviews for the advanced program will then have their applications reviewed by the Pediatrics residency program director for consideration into the pediatricss preliminary program. These determinations are communicated to our applicants via emails from our program coordinator (although not always in time for the interview).

The candidates are invited for a dinner on the night before the interview to meet the residents and learn about the program. On the following day, candidates join us for morning report to gain a first-hand look at how we conduct our teaching conferences. Following this is a short introduction to the program by the program director, followed by a series of interviews with our faculty. Intercalated with the interviews are tours of our facilities. Following the interviews and tours, applicants, residents, and faculty gather for an informal lunch, providing an opportunity to meet additional members of our department, ask follow-up questions, etc. The advanced applicants interested in a preliminary position with pediatrics will interview with pediatrics in the afternoon.

There are two rank lists: One is for our advanced program, which starts two years after the match, the resident will join us as a PGY3. The other is for our reserved program, with the resident starting the following July as a PGY3 in Pediatric Neurology.

All candidates must meet the UWHC requirements for appointment as per the policy titled University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Appointment Information for Residents and Fellows in Graduate Medical Education Programs. This document is provided to all applicants on the interview day.

Please visit UW Graduate Medical Education office for additional information on the University's policies and procedures.