Past Fellow Testimonials

We understand the application process can be overwhelming. It might be helpful to see how our program was viewed from some that lived through it. Over the past couple of years we have collected a few testimonials of fellows that have graduated from our training program.

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  Jonathan Freeman, MD (2006-2009)

Why did you choose to come to the Medical College of Wisconsin?

The balance of education and clinical responsibility seemed ideal at MCW. The leadership in the division was clear on my interview day, and I could tell the right people were in the right spots. I interviewed with the Chief Fellow at the time Dale Owen, and he described the program as a "hidden gem." Dale was from North Carolina and Milwaukee was far from home, to hear him describe the program it was clear that he was very enthusiastic about his three years with MCW. The folks I met on my interview day were all common sense, well-grounded and nice people. I knew immediately that it was the right spot for me. I'd interviewed at 12 other programs by the time I reached the interview in Milwaukee and no other program was on par with MCW in my view.

How did you and the program benefit from one another?

The program provided a solid clinical background for me and allowed me to enter my career confident in my abilities. The folks at MCW are great teachers and more importantly they like doing it and are willing to lengthen their day for the benefit of the fellows' education. The program allowed me to have leadership responsibilities, develop my own curriculum to support my educational goals, and provided adequate clinical volume without over-burdening the fellows.

The fellows are depended upon to provide solid clinical care of patients 24/7. I worked hard during fellowship to meet the needs of clinical care and I hope the faculty and hospital benefited from my efforts. As the chief fellow I also contributed administrative efforts to the program and fellowship education.

Where are you now and how did training at MCW help you get there?

I'm working as a faculty cardiologist with the Mid-America Cardiology group at the University of Kansas Medical Center. We are a 40 person group that provides cardiac care for much of the Kansas City Metro area. I'm doing general cardiology including non-invasive imaging, outpatient and inpatient care. I work with fellows and residents on a daily basis.

MCW provided the solid fund of knowledge to allow me to start my career with confidence. I'll forever be indebted to the folks in Milwaukee that accepted me into the fellowship program and worked so hard to assure that I would be a well-rounded and well-trained cardiologist.

  Syed Gilani, MD (2005-2008)

Cardiology fellowship at MCW was the best decisions I have made in my training. I picked MCW because the fellowship program is structured to provide the best training available in a very comfortable environment for the fellows. Faculty was very friendly and genuinely interested in teaching.

No one can teach better clinical cardiology and cardiac exam than Dr. Siegel. Experience in ECHO lab helped me pass my ECHO boards in my third year of fellowship. Experience you get while in cath labs at VA and the Froedtert is second to none.

I felt extremely comfortable starting my Interventional training after leaving MCW. I can't thank enough each one of the faculty and staff at MCW for providing the foundation for my career in cardiology.

  Ramin Artang, MD (2004-2007)

Why did you choose to come to the Medical College of Wisconsin?

Once I saw the program for interview, I sensed a certain commitment from the staff about training good cardiologists. It seemed like an important priority them. I was also impressed about the resources and funding for research as well as dedicated staff for that purpose.

How did you and the program benefit from one another?

I certainly benefited by getting an excellent training, feeling very confident coming out in the practice and able to face clinical challenges.

I believe from research standpoint I was able to contribute, with presenting two abstracts at the American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography annual meetings. There were two publications associated with those projects, one published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2007 and the other one in Cardiovascular Ultrasound in 2009.

Where are you now and how did training at MCW help you get there?

I am now Director of Cardiovascular CT as well as staff cardiologist at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The good reputation of the MCW program helped me get good interviews. I personally felt that I was very well prepared to come out and practice.

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Robin Karst
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Cardiovascular Medicine
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