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Internal Medicine Fellowship Match Moves to PGY-3 

After 10 years of advocacy efforts, AAIM is pleased to have gathered the sponsoring organizations of the Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP; the subspecialty Match) to support the interests of internal medicine residents at a crucial career juncture.  AAIM, the subspecialty organizations, and the National Resident Matching Program (parent of MSMP) have agreed to move the subspecialty Match to the first Wednesday in December of the third year of residency for the 2013 subspecialty Match.


2012-2013 Schedule 
Programs Register and Update Information in ERAS Maintenance System
February-April 2012
Application Opens
July 1, 2012
ERAS PostOffice Opens
July 15, 2012
Match Opens
August 1, 2012
Rank Order List Opens
October 10, 2012
Quota Change Deadline
November 7, 2012
Rank Order List Closes
November 14, 2012
Match Day
December 5, 2012
Unmatched Applicants "Scramble"
December 6-7, 2012
Fellows Begin
July 1, 2013


The move will allow residents the opportunity to gain more exposure to internal medicine’s specialties, help residency program directors provide more substantive letters of recommendation, and allow residents to make a more informed decision when deciding on a fellowship.
Tools to facilitate the transition will be available in late spring.  Readers are encouraged to share their comments and suggestions for resources by emailing  NRMP welcomes questions about the new fellowship match schedule at or (866) 617-5834.

Executive Committee Meeting



  • Jose Franco, MD, has been selected as the New Curriculum Director. This new position will report to the Dean of the Medical School and was developed by the Curriculum Development Nominating Committee to facilitate and implement a new medical school curriculum model for the Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • Dr. Ann Rosenthal will be Acting Vice-Chair for the VA and VA Chief of the Medicine Service as of June 20
  • Jenifer Coburn, PhD, (Medicine – Infectious Disease) received the top fifth major grant for the MCW in FY 11: $2,420,972 five-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease for “Comprehensive Analysis of Borrelia burgdorferi Adhesions”


  • Dr. Jack Kaufman, Professor, General Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Michael H. Keelan, Jr., Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine


  • Dr. David Zhang promoted to Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Dr. Samer Gawrieh promoted to Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Brahm Vasudev promoted to Associate Professor, Nephrology
  • Dr. John Fangman promoted to Associate Professor, Infectious Disease
  • Dr. Timothy Fenske promoted to Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology
  • Dr. Martin Muntz promoted to Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Yee Chung Cheng, MD promoted to Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology
  • Dr. Stephen Dolan, MD promoted to Associate Professor, Pulmonary
  • Dr. Thangam Venkatesan, MBBS promoted to Associate Professor, Gastroenterology
  • Dr. Jennifer Mackinnon promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine, GIM


  • Dr. Hershell Raff, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Endocrine Research Laboratory at St. Luke’s Medical Center published a new textbook titled, “Medical Physiology; A Systems Approach”.


  • Dr. Ileen Gilbert received the Pathways Education Project of the Year Award, for her Mobile COPD, Asthma and Smoking Cessation Clinic.


  • All of the department’s fellowship programs filled completely in the match announced on 6/15/11


The Wisconsin Board Review Course in Geriatric Medicine

The Wisconsin Board Review Course in Geriatric Medicine, an in-depth review of the field of Geriatric Medicine will be held September 28-October 1, 2011 at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. The course seeks to assist physicians who will be sitting for the May 2013 Certificate of Added Qualification (and Re-certification) Examination in Geriatric Medicine. It will also serve to assist clinicians who wish to provide better care to their geriatric patients. Faculty from the two medical schools in Wisconsin have joined forces to provide course participants with the depth and exposure that is necessary to prepare for an examination such as this. Faculty have been chosen for their full-time interest and commitment to geriatric medicine. Course participants will be exposed to principles of aging such as demography, and the clinical approach to the geriatric patient; and major syndromes such as dementia, incontinence, falls and metabolic bone disease. Special emphasis is placed on geropsychiatry, social/reimbursement issues and systems of geriatric care including long-term care and geriatric assessment. Organ specific diseases that have special import for the geriatric patient will also be reviewed. Finally, a special session focusing on the principles of multiple choice examination tests and strategies to efficiently complete these examinations will be given. Complete information can be found on the website:

Summer Research Grants

Two MCW students are among a national cohort of medical students who won grants from the MSTAR program to do summer research in Geriatrics. Amanda Ernst, M-2, is doing her research this summer at the University of California-LA and is being mentored locally by Mary Cohan MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Maheen Siddiqui, also a second year medical student is at Northwestern University for the summer and is being mentored locally by Edith Burns MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology.
For more information please see the following website:


The 2011 Research Day Announcement now on InfoScope

Information and application forms for MCW Research Day are accessible via:
• Research Day 2011 Web site
• InfoScope Home under the Office of Research News Tab
Office of Research Intranet Home Page under Featured News Item

2011 MCWAH Housestaff Research Awardees

Please join me in celebration of the DOM housestaff who have been named as the 2011 MCWAH Housestaff Research Awardees. On behalf of the Department of Medicine, I commend each house officer for their dedication and hard work in support of academic excellence. DOM residents and fellows won over half of these awards, despite making up only about one-fifth of the total housestaff at MCWAH.

I’d also like to extend a generous thank you to Dr. Mike Frank and his staff for leading our very thriving Residency Program, and all the Fellowship directors and coordinators for their outstanding work as well.

To our winners: You deserve to be proud of your achievement. May your future efforts be equally successful and rewarding.

Warm Regards,
Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH
Professor and Interim Chairman

Brian Jubeck, MD
Rheumatology PGY-4
Matrix vesicles are present in human osteoarthritic synovial fluid and promote formation of monosodium urate crystals
European Workshop for Rheumatology Research - March 3-6, 2011

Gagan Kumar, MD
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine PGY-4
Does Weekend Effect Exist for Acute Pulmonary Embolism?
International Meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) - January 2011

Nicole Lohr, MD
Cardiovascular Medicine PGY-5
Far Red/Near Infrared Light Stimulates Hindlimb Collateralization via Nitric Oxide
American Heart Association 2010 Scientific Sessions - November 13-17, 2010

Waddah Maskoun, MD
Cardiovascular Medicine PGY-6
The Correlation of Fragmented QRS Complexes on 12-Lead ECG and Myocardial Infarct Size Determined by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
ACC-WI Chapter Meeting - November 6, 2011 and 2011 American College of Cardiology National Meeting April 2-5, 2011

Donna Miller, MD
Internal Medicine-Geriatrics PGY-3
Hospital Handoffs: A Descriptive Analysis of Written Sign-Out Content and an Exploration of a Sign-Out Quality Assessment Tool
Society for General Internal Medicine National Meeting - May 5-8, 2011

Sarah Nickoloff, MD
Internal Medicine PGY-3
Why would house staff choose to work beyond the hour limits?
SGIM Annual Meeting - May 4-7, 2011

Anna Patel, MD
Gastroenterology PGY-4
Reliability and Reproducibility of fMRI Activity in the Cortical Swallowing Network
Digestive Disease Week 2011 - May 7-10, 2011

Ankit Sakhuja, MD
Internal Medicine PGY-3
Weekend Admissions Predict Higher Mortality in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease
American Society of Nephrology 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition - November 18-21, 2010

Veerpal Singh, MD
Hematology-Oncology PGY-6
Patterns of serum free light chain (SFLC) recovery after reduced intensity allotransplant (RIC) in multiple myeloma (MM) predict outcomes
52nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting - December 4-7, 2010

Amit Taneja, MD
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine PGY-6
Frequency of venous thromboembolism in patients admitted with septic shock
American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) International Meeting - October 2010

Kevin Tucker, MD
Nephrology PGY-5
Urinary Net Charge: A Promising New Test for Kidney Stone Risk?
National Kidney Foundation 6th Annual Young Investigator National April 26, 2011

Employee and Son Recognized for Participation in Kid SupportTM Program 

Department of Medicine staff member Janice Lewis and her son, Tremaine Hawthorne, age 12, have been working to spread the word about the Kid SupportTM Program.  The program, supported by Gilda's Club, offers a venue where children of parents diagnosed with cancer can discuss feelings and experiences and receive accurate information and support at an age-appropriate level.  Janice and Tremaine have been featured in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, Lake Effect on WUWM radio, and WTMJ Channel 4's The Morning Blend.  The Kid SupportTM Program meets weekly at Froedtert Hospital and sponsored a weeklong day camp June 27-July 1st.  More information about the program is available on the Gilda's Club website:

2011 Thriller at Miller

Donna Miller MD, and Drew Hietpas MD, both MCW graduates and currently in the Department of Medicine’s residency programs, were key players in helping MCW win the 2008 Thriller at Miller softball game against Marquette University dental students. Edmund Duthie, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and Dr. Hietpas are pictured showing off the winning trophy. Dr. Miller is seen with, from left to right, Drs. Duthie, Nate Miller, Donna Miller, and Mary Cohan, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and Medical Director at Clement Manor, Inc.

This year’s Thriller at Miller game is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Helfaer Field/Miller Park. Contact Dr. Duthie at or Annette Cernohous at for additional details. The MCW vs. Marquette game is free and open to the public.

Submitted by Annette Cernohous, Department of Medicine, Educational Programs





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