Pain Medicine Fellowship

We will soon start accepting applications via ERAS for the Pain Medicine Fellowship. The ERAS 2015 application season for December Application Cycle programs run from December 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015 to fill positions beginning July 2016.

The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one-year Pain Medicine Fellowship that provides instruction and experience in managing acute, chronic and cancer pain. Fellows rotate through the Pain Clinics at the Froedtert Hospital, VA Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Comprehensive, multidisciplinary pain management is provided at all three institutions. Emphasis is on comprehensive management, and a wide range of treatments is offered, including standard nerve block procedures, fluoroscopy-guided blocks, neurolytic blocks, medication management, psychotherapy, physical therapy, RF and cryoanalgesia, implantable technologies, and other interventional techniques. An extensive didactic program covers a wide range of clinical and basic science topics. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the planning and implementation of clinical research involving acute, chronic and cancer pain patients. Extensive support for clinical research is available within the department and through the Medical College of Wisconsin. Faculty are involved in laboratory investigation of mechanisms of chronic neuropathic pain, and fellows willing to extend their training beyond one year can participate in bench research.

Applicants should supply a CV, a personal statement, and at least three letters of recommendation. These letters should address performance during their residency program, and should include information on performance during pain medicine rotations. Please see our Application and Selection Process below for additional information.

 Pain Medicine Fellowship Application and Selection Process

Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2015, or until all positions are filled.

Starting December 1, 2014, the Department of Anesthesiology will be accepting applications via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).  The following documents should accompany the ERAS application:

  • Personal Statement
  • Dean's Letter
  • Transcript
  • Three additional letters of recommendation (addressed to Dr. Hariharan Shankar, Program Director)
  • USMLE Scores
  • ECFMG Certificate (if International Applicant) - You must be ECFMG certified prior to any interview.

Interested applicants must register for the NRMP Anesthesiology Fellowship Match.  Please note the following:

  1. You may submit the application form via ERAS starting on December 1, 2014. Do not send forms separately.
  2. Applicants are free to interview with any other programs of interest until rank lists are due, and will NOT be asked for an early decision.  Please do not accept an interview date with us at MCW unless you intend to register for the NRMP match.
  3. If you have interviewed with us and accept a position elsewhere outside the Match, please a) withdraw from the match and b) notify us of your decision.
  4. NRMP Match registration typically opens in June.  Final ranking lists are normally due by late September, and Match Day is expected to take place in early October. Please visit the NRMP website for their official list of important dates in 2015.
 Pain Management Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

Fellows begin training in July, although off-cycle positions may be available. Prior to appointment, Fellows must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology or Psychiatry.

Candidates for fellowship positions must be enrolled in the certification process or be certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology or the equivalent before fellowship training begins.

In addition, candidates will need:

  • an unrestricted Wisconsin Medical License
  • a current DEA certificate
  • proof they have passed the USMLE step 3 examination
 Pain Medicine Fellowship Employment Terms/Conditions/Benefits

For information about the terms, conditions and benefits of employment, please see Graduate Medical Education's Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment Web page.

Stipend amounts for the 2015 – 2016 Academic Year:

  • PGY-I, $57,380
  • PGY-II, $58,400
  • PGY-III, $59,240
  • PGY-IV, $60,440
  • PGY-V, $63,500
  • PGY-VI, $65,540
  • PGY-VII, $67,580
  • PGY-VIII, $68,800
 Fellowship Interview Information

Welcome! If you have received an invitation to interview for our Pain Medicine Fellowship, we congratulate you on your hard work and are eager to learn more about you.

Interviews will be arranged via ERAS, and are expected to take place between May and September.

Please communicate your exact travel details to us via ERAS. After you have scheduled your interview date, we will provide you with information regarding hotel accommodations. We are pleased to announce that our selected hotel will offer a discounted nightly rate to you. Please be aware that all of your hotel expenses are your responsibility.

Transportation from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport to the hotel is your responsibility. You are free to select a rental vehicle, taxi, Go Riteway shuttle service, or make other arrangements. When available, the hotel’s shuttle can transport you to our campus on your interview day.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us through ERAS, or call Orlando Diaz (Fellowships Coordinator) at (414) 805-6104.

 Integrated Fellowship: Pediatrics and Pain

Information on the Integrated Fellowship: Pediatrics and Pain

For more information about the MCW Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, please contact:

Medical Education Coordinator:
Orlando Diaz

Medical Education Coordinator
Anesthesiology Fellowships
Medical College of Wisconsin
Pain Medicine Fellowship
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-6104
(414) 805-5915 (fax)

Program Director
Hariharan Shankar, MD
(414) 805-8100
(414) 805-5915 (fax)

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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