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Child Neurology Residency

Research and Other Scholarly Activities

No field is growing faster than the neurosciences, both basic science and clinical. Our department continues to expand in both arenas, with a departmental mission of bringing basic science advances to the clinical care arena (“bench to bedside”).

Residents are welcome to use elective time to pursue research interests—see the section Research Electives below for details—but regardless are required to engage in some scholarly activity. Although “scholarly activity” is usually taken to mean peer-reviewed publication, it is also evidenced by participation in journal club and conferences.

Journal Club

Each resident will lead a journal club once yearly during the PGY4 and 5 years. The resident is responsible for choosing an article for review and selecting the appropriate faculty member to supervise the meeting. The resident will prepare and present the article during journal club with discussion surrounding relevance/importance of the article, study design, patient population studied, statistics used, conclusions drawn, and the validity of the conclusions. The resident must provide a thoughtful critique and be prepared to put the article in the context of the body of neurologic knowledge.

Quality Improvement

The ACGME requires that residents participate in quality improvement and patient safety activities. To provide a foundation in these concepts, residents will complete an online GME Quality Improvement (QI) and Patient Safety Curriculum.

Also, each resident must complete at least one QI / safety project during their residency.  They are expected to present that project at one of our departmental research symposia, the annual Wisconsin Neurological Society meeting, or at UW’s Resident Quality Day.


Morning report – Each resident will be assigned morning report sessions throughout the adult neurology training year (PGY3 only). The resident will present a patient case with emphasis on neurological history and exam, differential diagnosis, and discussion of relevant literature.

Pediatric Neurology Case Presentations – The child neurology resident will present a case and related teaching material at least 3 times per year at the Pediatric Neurology Lecture series.  This forum provides a learning opportunity for other residents, medical students, faculty and allied health personnel.  It will also serve as a means for the child neurology resident to develop both their presentation skills and ability to educate multiple levels of learners.

Grand Rounds – Each senior resident will be required to present at the Department of Neurology Grand Rounds during the final year of training. Any resident may present at Grand Rounds at any additional time if so desired.

Wisconsin Neurological Society – Each resident is encouraged to present at the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Neurological Society. Residents may present unusual case reports or original research.

Latest revision: 8/12/2019, Adam Wallace