Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fellowship Training Programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Zablocki VA Medical Center are proud to offer fellowships in the areas below.  

Ample research opportunities with established investigators complement these positions.  Moonlighting opportunities are available.

ACGME-accredited fellowships:  Please see Graduate Medical Education's Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment Web page.

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  Pain Management

This ACGME-accredited one-year program in collaboration with Anesthesia trains physiatrists in the management of complex pain syndromes.

  Comprehensive Neurorehabilitation and Spasticity Management Fellowship

This one-year program teaches advanced techniques for spasticity and dystonia management including neurolytic procedures and intrathecal pump management. Program includes additional training in clinical and dynamic EMG and involvement in the motion analysis lab.
Detailed information on the Comprehensive Neurorehabilitation and Spasticity Management Fellowship

  Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Training Program

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin at the Zablocki VAMC offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM).

Please note that there is no centralized application process.  APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS are listed below.

The SCIM Fellowship is a program with specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury. The program is open to physicians (US citizen or work eligible) who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in PM&R, plastic surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, neurological surgery, neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, surgery, or urology. Successful completion of the fellowship program satisfies the eligibility requirement to take the examination in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine to obtain subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.

The SCIM Fellowship program at MCW is designed to provide an educational experience to ensure that its graduate possess the advanced knowledge and competencies necessary to practice this subspecialty.

The Fellow will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge of:

  • The impact of spinal cord dysfunction (SCD) on the various organ systems,
  • The natural history, pharmacologic management and evolution of organ system functioning after SCD and the interaction among the various organ systems,
  • The impact of aging and long-standing injury on organ system decline,
  • The prevention and treatment of secondary complications of SCD, and
  • The maximal functions possible, based on the characteristics and level of SCD and how to achieve them.

The Fellow will be given the opportunity to become proficient in:

  • Coordination in the post initial care setting of the impact and timing of treatment of each organ system’s dysfunction so that an optimum treatment effect can be obtained,
  • Planning of the most efficient and effective treatment approaches for acquisition of skills and knowledge by the patient in order to acquire the highest level of functioning, and
  • Promotion of patient education about all aspects of SCD in order to promote patient independence and patient recognition of illness.


  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine fellowship is one year in length
  • Certification in SCI medicine is offered to diplomats of all ABMS member boards, particularly from specialties directly related to the care of persons with spinal cord injury whose diplomats wish to be certified in SCI medicine (e.g. anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, and urology).


To apply, please send the following documents to Sue Abrahms (

  • Completed application
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Three letters of recommendation (addressed to Dr. Vaishnavi Muqeet, Program Director)
  • USMLE (and COMLEX, if applicable) Transcript
  • ECFMG Certificate (International Applicants must be ECFMG certified prior to any interview)

Interested applicants must register for the NRMP Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Match.

Fellowship program director: Vaishnavi Muqeet, MD:
Fellowship coordinator: Sue Abrahms:

Please note the following:


  • June 22 - Match Opens at noon Eastern – applications will be accepted at this time
  • August 3 - Ranking Opens at noon Eastern
  • September 21 - Rank Order List Deadline at 9 p.m. Eastern
  • October 5 - Match Day at noon Eastern

Interviews will be scheduled for July and August at the Zablocki VAMC in Milwaukee and at ASCIP in September.

Visit the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Match website here.

Additional accreditation information can be found on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Website.

A 2-year non-accredited Research Fellowship is also available. 

  Fellow Profiles


William Kim, MD
SCI Fellowship

Kristin Garlanger, DO
SCI Fellowship

Peter Gikas, MD
Pain Fellowship


Michael Uihlein, MD
SCI Fellowship


Karin Goodfriend, MD
Spasticity Management Fellowship

Erin McGonigle, MD
Spasticity Management Fellowship

Amy Ford, DO
Sports Medicine Fellowship


Beth Weinman, DO
Sports Medicine Fellowship

Dana Seslija, MD
SCI Fellowship

Shiqiang Tian, MD
Pain Fellowship

  Fellowship Applications

To apply for one of our fellowships, please complete the following forms:

MCWAH application (PDF)

VAMC application (PDF)



Candidates interested in Pain, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine should send a curriculum vita and cover letter to:

Sue Abrahms, Medical Education Coordinator
Medical College of Wisconsin
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226