Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research


Message from the Director:Linda Meurer, MD

Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research. We aim to prepare future leaders in academic primary care, with a vision to improve access to high quality primary health care, reduce health disparities and improve the health of our citizens and communities.

Our 2-3 year, full-time postdoctoral fellowship prepares residency-trained primary care physicians, as well as pharmacists, advanced practice nurses and social scientists from complementary health-related fields for successful and rewarding careers in academic medicine, with a focus on primary care and community engaged research. We integrate the three pillars of academic success: Research, Education, and Leadership; and blend them with necessary career management skills and on-going clinical and community-based experiences, in a resource-rich and supportive environment.

Funded by the U.S. Health Services and Resources Administration since 1998, this program now includes opportunities for interprofessional learning and research to explore new models of team-based care delivery. Fellows work with expert faculty mentors with emphasis areas in patient-centered care, community-engagement, educational excellence, population health management, chronic disease self-management, behavioral health, and more.

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about our program, people and partners.


Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research

Primary Partners


Family and Community Medicine

General Internal Medicine

Community Pediatrics

Institute for Health and Society

Pharmacy School

UWM College of Nursing




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  Curriculum Synopsis

This is a two- to three-year fellowship for MDs and DOs in Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and for PhDs in Sociology, Urban Studies, Health Education, Nursing, Social Work or other relevant field, who are committed to academic careers and research designed to improve health care access, quality and cost-effectiveness. Program components include:

  • Master of Public Health or Master of Science degree in Clinical & Translational Research/ Epidemiology
  • Participation in a nationally recognized Faculty Development Program with training in educational program planning, instructional design, teaching and evaluation education, professional academic skills, writing and educational technologies
  • Regular seminar series include:
    • The Patient Care and Outcomes Research Seminar, in which fellows and faculty present current projects for feedback and advice
    • The Leadership in Academic Health Care Course, with didactics and specialized readings in communication, personal effectiveness, organizational change and career advancement
    • The Community Based Participatory Research seminar series
    • Manuscript Writing Group, where fellows present their grants in progress, community projects, journal articles, and other writing projects in a workgroup format for feedback and collaboration toward publication.
  • Collaborative and independent research under the formal guidance of experienced mentors
  • Specialty specific clinical experience and teaching to maintain skills and ensure practical applicability of research;
  • Opportunities to teach, mentor and serve as a role model for medical students and residents;
  • Site visits and partnerships with local health leaders and policy makers;
  • An exceptional network of resources and formal mentorship to foster development of skills and career

Curricular experiences are designed to accommodate the special needs and interests of the individual trainee.

  Support Provided / Fellow Benefits
  • Competitive stipend
  • Health, dental, life, disability, malpractice insurance
  • Time and support for professional travel
  • Tuition support for fellowship-related and degree-related courses
  • Computer and administrative support
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Contact us

Tess Chandler, Program Coordinator II
Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee WI 53226
(414) 955-4728
(414) 955-6523 (fax)

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