Pain Medicine Fellowship
The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one-year Pain Medicine Fellowship that provides instruction and experience in managing acute, chronic, and cancer pain.
Meet the Faculty
Rebecca C. Anderson, PhD
Omar Dyara, DO
Mei-Ying Liang, MD, PhD
Hariharan Shankar, MD
Amit Singh, DO
Harry Tagalakis, MD
Pain Management Section Chief, VA Medical Center
Sarah E. Trost, PhD
Steven J. Weisman, MD
Clinical Rotations and Locations
Medical College of Wisconsin
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Educational Program Design
Core discipline rotations
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Our Philosophy on Educating Fellows
Building a culture of excellence for pain education, clinical care, and research requires the creative efforts of our entire team. We value and trust our fellows to become an integral part of our ongoing efforts to provide to highest quality pain environment to all our stakeholders. We focus on supporting fellows during an intense career development period to provide both the knowledge and modeling of the highest possible professional standards. Adapting to a changing medical climate requires training beyond knowledge acquisition. In order to support fellows through this process, our method involves a stepped transition from passive to active involvement in the quality and safety process. We expect our fellows to transition to practice not only as strong clinicians but also as advocates and resources for quality pain care in whatever practice environment they choose to focus their efforts.
Fellows will have a core faculty advisor to assist with their educational and career agendas. They will be required to develop an academic project with help from their advisor or educational leadership. This can include a quality improvement project, submission of a project or case report to a meeting or journal, research project, educational project or more. Protected time will be included in the fellowship to allow for meeting this requirement. There is departmental funding support to attend a national meeting if your work is accepted to present.
Mentoring / Teaching
Fellows will have the support of pain medicine faculty at all their core locations. When on their multidisciplinary rotations, they will work with a dedicated set of faculty. In their clinical practice, fellows will work in a collaborative effort with faculty, midlevel providers, residents, students, pharmacists, and auxiliary staff in many different environments.
Fellows will select a pain medicine faculty member to serve as their mentor through the academic year. The mentor will serve as a colleagues and resource to assist in clinical development, feedback and career planning.
Fellows have patient and educational requirements through the ACGME. However, these are the minimum standards that do not necessarily provide the range of skills that will be necessary for practice beyond the training environment. We will hope to address these needs with a special practice management project that would be useful for helping them transition into the academic or private practice spheres. We meet these needs with dedicated didactics on billing and documentation. Our discussions of medication management and interventions include recommendations on systems-based approaches to improve throughput and quality at your future clinical practice. Finally, we host a dinner of program alumni in the fall to provide real-world feedback and guidance in career planning and beginning your clinical practice after graduation.
Application and selection process
- Personal Statement
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Medical School Transcript and Diploma
- MSPE (Medical Student Performance Evaluation)
- Three letters of recommendation
- USMLE (and COMLEX, if applicable) Transcript
- ECFMG Certificate (International Applicants must be ECFMG certified prior to any interview)
- Photo (portrait)
- If you wish to submit additional documents (such as in-training exam results), please send to Sarah Beyler, Fellowships Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Interested applicants must register for the NRMP Anesthesiology Fellowship Match. Please note the following:
- Do not send forms separately.
- Applicants are free to interview with any other programs of interest until rank lists are due, and will NOT be asked for an early decision. Please do not accept an interview date with us at MCW unless you intend to register for the NRMP match.
- If you have interviewed with us and accept a position elsewhere outside the Match, please a) withdraw from the match and b) notify us of your decision.
- Visit NRMP Anesthesiology Match for additional details.
Fellows begin training in July, although off-cycle positions may be available. Prior to appointment, Fellows must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology or Psychiatry.
Candidates for fellowship positions must be enrolled in the certification process or be certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology or the equivalent before fellowship training begins.
In addition, candidates will need:
- Unrestricted Wisconsin Medical License
- Current DEA certificate
- Proof they have passed the USMLE step 3 examination
For more information about the Pain Medicine fellowship program, please get in touch.
Gwynne Kirchen, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
P.O. Box 26099
Milwaukee, WI 53226