Welcome to the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to the training of our fellows as academic pediatric gastroenterologists. The purpose of this fellowship is to train academic pediatric gastroenterologists who can function both as clinicians and scientists. The Fellowship Program will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Praveen Goday, Professor of Pediatrics. In addition, once a research mentor has been identified, that individual will serve as the faculty advisor for the research portion of the program. Each fellow will also develop a scholarship oversight committee to oversee his/her progress through the program.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is associated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, a free-standing 240 bed children's hospital located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin ranks as one of the top Children's Hospitals in the United States. The department of Pediatrics currently has 240 full time faculty members. Other facilities on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex campus include the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has 16 pediatric Gastroenterologists, 5 Nurse Practitioners, 11 Dieticians, 1 clinical psychologist, and 1 independent lab research PhD. Clinical activities include general pediatric gastroenterology and specialized clinical programs in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Obesity (NEW Kids Program), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, Motility Disorders, Liver Transplant, Celiac Disease, Eosinophilic GI Disorders, Nutrition, Functional GI Disorders, Constipation and Infant Gastroesophageal Reflux. Research programs include Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Genetics and Pharmacogenetics, Mucosal Immunology, Visceral Pain and Developmental Biology. Our large faculty with a large breadth and depth of clinical and research expertise facilitate clinical learning from different styles and a variety of research pursuits.

 About the Program

During the first year, the Fellow will be exposed to a wide variety of patients with gastrointestinal, hepatic and nutritional diseases. Education will focus on the development of expertise for appropriate work-up, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. In addition, the Fellow will develop familiarity of the pediatric and adult gastrointestinal literature through literature search and active participation in patient care conferences, departmental conferences and journal clubs. Towards the end of the first year, the Fellow will identify a research mentor and together select a specific project to pursue during the second and third year of the Fellowship under the direction of the mentor. During the second and third years, the Fellow will learn research techniques, develop project for presentation at a national meeting and develop experience in writing a grant proposal.

Effective 2016, we will accept one fellow through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

The 36-month curriculum is divided roughly for 12.5 months of clinical activities and 20 months of research activities as follows:

First year

  • Inpatient service: 42 weeks
  • Research: 4 weeks
  • Vacation: 4 weeks
  • Pathology Rotation: 1 week
  • Radiology Rotation: 1 week

Second and Third years

  • Inpatient service: 5 weeks
  • Research/Clinic: 43 weeks
  • Vacation: 4 weeks

*Fellows will rotate through Hepatology Service during their inpatient weeks/months over the three year program.

*Procedures weekly through all three years.

*Weekend call is shared by all first, second and third year fellows.

 Application Process

Our 3-year fellowship program is ACGME accredited and begins on July 1 each year and effective 2016, we will accept one fellow through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We will start accepting applications from prospective applicants through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) between December 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015. Candidates will be invited for interviews for the 2014 fellowship program during March and April of 2015. Our requirements to enter the program are as follows:

  • Apart from US citizens and permanent residents, we will accept applications from existing J1 and H-1B visa holders.
  • Applications will only be accepted through ERAS.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. We would prefer that at least one of these letters be from a Pediatric Gastroenterologist.
 Terms, Conditions and Benefits of Employment

Until June 30, 2015: Fellows are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

Stipend amounts for the 2013 – 2014 Academic Year:

  • PGY1 - $55,250
  • PGY2 - $56,250
  • PYG3 - $57,250
  • PGY4 - $58,250
  • PGY5 - $61,250
  • PGY6 - $63,250
  • PGY7 - $65,250

At MCW/Children’s Hospital, we believe in providing employees with opportunities for professional and personal growth. An overview of employee benefits for fellows training through June 30, 2015 is listed below:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan
  • Vacation – 22 days per academic year
  • Holiday & Floating Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability

Professional Liability
The MCW Professional Risk Management Department coordinates the professional liability self-insurance program and assures liability coverage with the Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund in excess of the primary annual limits of $1,000,000 per incident and $3,000,000 in the aggregate. Providers are covered for activities within the scope of duties for MCW.

As of July 1, 2015: Fellows are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH).

See MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment for information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, stipends and professional liability.

Fellowship Program Contact

Betsy Flinn
Pediatrics Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Coordinator

(414) 266-3915

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