Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin is a three-year program designed for trained physicians and is led by highly experienced pediatric rheumatologists. The Fellowship Program was accredited by the ACGME in 2003, and is one of only 26 in the U.S.

2013 - 2014 Current Fellows

Pictured Middle: Edward Oberle, MD

3rd Year

Edward Oberle, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Pediatrics Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 Application Process

Information to submit
We do participate in ERAS Match.

 Housing for Fellows

Once you have decided to pursue the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program, it's time to decide where you want to live!

The Medical College is located in Milwaukee County in the city of Wauwatosa.  The closest surrounding areas include Brookfield, Elm Grove, and of course, downtown Milwaukee.

There are many apartments, condos, and homes for you to choose from, and we look forward to welcoming you to the area!

Please check out the Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate Housing for additional resources.

 Journal Club Schedule

Please see below for a listing of topics covered in journal club.

All meetings for journal club are held at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays in the CCC, Suite 440, Room 115.

  • Periodic Fever Syndrome
  • Kawasaki's Disease
  • JIA Update
  • SLE Update
  • Vasculitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Pain Syndrome
  • Lyme Disease
  • Osteolysis
  • Scleroderma
  • Chondrodysplasias
  • Hypermobility
 Terms, Conditions and Benefits of Employment

Stipend amounts for the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year:

  • PGY4 - $60,440
  • PGY5 - $63,500
  • PGY6 - $65,540
  • PGY7 - $67,580

See MCW Benefits for information regarding vacations, leaves and insurance.

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 the MCW.

Fellows starting the program on or after July 1, 2015, 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.

 Clinical Responsibilities

During the first year of the fellowship, fellows will be responsible for treating, diagnosing and giving follow-up care to patients with a wide variety of rheumatologic ailments such as: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), fibromyalgia, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Kawasaki disease, and other connective tissue diseases.

Fellows will work with the attending physicians to diagnose and treat approximately 15 percent of the pediatric rheumatology outpatients each year.

Fellows are also expected to be on call up to 4 weeknights and two weekends per month during their first year. This consists of participating in clinical rounds, consulting with Physicians from other subspecialties, and discussing inpatients during a weekly staffing meeting. Fellows will also be expected to participate in weekly Pediatric Rheumatology Journal Clubs and present monthly on case of interest.

A faculty Physician will staff with fellows during all patient visits and days on call.

 Research Responsibilities

During the research portion of the fellowship, fellows will take part in a research project and will conduct bench or translational research for approximately two years.

The goal of creating and conducting a research project is for fellows to gain an understanding of how the care given in clinic depends on research conducted in the laboratory.

Fellows will be given the opportunity to present their research during the annual Fellowship Poster Session at the Medical College. The poster and quality of research will be judged and three fellows will be chosen to present their research at Grand Rounds. Research may also be presented at national conferences pending acceptance.

Fellows will also be expected to participate in weekly Journal Clubs and present their data to other researchers for review up to twice per year.

 Fellowship Schedule

First YearSecond YearThird Year
Nights On CallUp to 4 weeknights and 2 weekends per month1 weeknight and 1 weekend per month1 weeknight and 1 weekend per month
Number of Clinical Rounds5 to 7 (if on weekend call) per week2 per month2 per month
Pediatric/Adult Rheumatology Journal ClubWeekly-RequiredWeekly-RequiredWeekly-Required
Rheumatology StaffingWeekly-RequiredWeekly-RequiredWeekly-Required
Pediatric Rheumatology Teaching ConferenceWeekly-RequiredTwice yearly-RequiredTwice yearly-Required
Professors RoundsWeekly

Pediatric Grand RoundsWeekly

Noon ConferenceWeekly

Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow Board ReviewWeeklyWeeklyWeekly
Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow Board Review Immunology Journal Club
Lab Meeting

Fellowship Program Contact

Program Director
James J. Nocton, MD
(414) 266-6700 |

Associate Director
James W. Verbsky, MD, PhD
(414) 266-6700 |

Program Coordinator
Karen Felty
(414) 266-6701 |

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8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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