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The University of Wisconsin Neurocritical Care fellowship is geared toward highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing careers in an academic or clinical setting, with options for 12 and 24-month fellowships. As our program is accredited by both the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) and the Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST), we can accommodate fellows from a variety of training backgrounds including those who have completed a neurosurgery residency or post-graduate critical care training.

Our program is in its 10th year and in February 2018 moved into a state of the art, 18 bed unit plumbed for multimodality monitoring capability and eICU cameras.  This was part of a staged expansion, with future developments focusing on building an adjacent 6 bed unit consisting of dedicated neuroscience beds which can flex up to ICU level of care or flex down to intermediate care/general care as dictated by day to day needs.


About the program

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is consistently recognized for its high-quality healthcare and medical research, and our clinical focus is on providing value in the care of neurologically ill patients by improving outcomes and reducing costs. We have a strong interdisciplinary team comprised of neurointensivists from various backgrounds, exceptional nursing staff with CNRN training, dedicated case management support from both a nurse and a social worker trained in working with the neurologically ill patient population, and dedicated pharmacy, nutrition, and respiratory therapy support.  All of the associated clinical programs in rehabilitation medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology are exceptionally strong and our relationship with the greater organization is leveraged to obtain efficient and optimized care for our patients and exceptional educational opportunities for our trainees. Training is primarily based within our 18 bed state-of-the-art Neuroscience ICU; however, fellows will typically have rotations in the Surgical and Medical ICUs, the Neuroradiolgy Section, and in the EEG lab to optimize their overall learning experience.    

We believe in providing a significant exposure to research. Our team has published 11 papers in peer-reviewed journals with students and residents that have rotated through the neurocritical care program and we’ve had 30 national presentations on 25 quality improvement projects that are running in the neurocritical care unit at any given time.  

A unique aspect of our fellowship is the diverse skillsets of our core faculty members. The neurocritical care program is led by Joshua Medow, MD, MS, FAANS, FACS, FNCS, FAHA, FCCM, a tenured associate professor of neurosurgery, pathology and biomedical engineering. The other key neurocritical care faculty include Erik Tarula, MD, assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery and Marin Darsie, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and neurosurgery. Our diverse backgrounds ensure our ability to provide direct oversight of a wide variety of clinical procedures at the bedside. Fellows also have access to a state of the art simulation center. 



The curriculum meets the standards for both CAST and UCNS neurocritical care program accreditation.  We understand the different backgrounds, levels of training, and interests that fellows have. While a majority of the training will take place within the Neuroscience ICU, training within other areas will be expected and tailored individually provided that the training continues to meet the standards necessary to successfully complete both sets of certification requirements. Elective areas for training may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Stroke Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • General Neurology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neuroendovascular Surgery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Infectious Disease Service
  • Nephrology Service
  • Pulmonary Medicine


Who can apply:

The United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) and Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) Society of Neurological Surgeons provides certification in Neurocritical Care to physicians from the following specialty backgrounds:

  • Neurology
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics

The applicant should be eligible for and possess a Wisconsin medical license on the start date of the fellowship.

Dr. Medow in the ICU

Application process:

Prospective applicants should use the SF Match Central Application Service to apply:


Last updated: Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:44
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