NP and PA Orthopaedic Fellowship

The Medical College Physician’s nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) post-graduate orthopaedic fellowship is a one-year training program that teaches participants to become skilled, well-rounded and current with evidence-based practice in the field of surgical and non-operative orthopaedic medicine. This program aims to attract either newly graduated NP and PA candidates or those with experience in practice, but all of whom share the desire to further their knowledge of care for the orthopaedic patient. One fellow will be accepted to the program per year, with potential to increase this number as success of the program expands. 
APP Orthopaedic Fellowship

About Our Fellowship

Why Choose an Orthopaedic Fellowship?

Why Choose an Orthopaedic Fellowship?

  • Structured experiences are great for new graduates or transitioning to a new practice area.
  • Mentored learning in clinical rotations:
    • Core orthopaedic education and clinical skills
    • Trauma
    • Total Joints
    • Sports
    • Foot & Ankle
    • Hand & Upper Extremity
    • Spine
    • Oncology
    • Musculoskeletal/Urgent Care
    • Pediatrics
  • Additional fellowship professional development opportunities
  • APP fellows receive stipend, educational funds, and standard MCW APP benefits
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APP Orthopaedic Fellowship Leadership

APP Orthopaedic Fellowship Leadership

APP Orthopaedic Fellowship Director
Monica Ryan, MPAS, PA-C

Chief Medical Director
Gregory Schmeling, MD

Associate Medical Director
Cameron Best, MD

Amanda Steffens
APP Fellowship Recruitment

Program Details

Program Details

Our mission is to prepare NPs and PAs as skilled, knowledgeable and collaborative providers for a future either in the community or as retained staff at MCW.

Our program involves a diverse 12-month curriculum including both in-person and online learning within the subspecialties of Orthopaedics, as well as a sampling of our supportive services. Fellows will work collaboratively with our over 35 staff NPs and PAs, as well as our Orthopaedic residents and over 40 subspecialty board-certified Orthopaedic attendings. Hourly commitment will vary per rotation, but the expectation will be for approximately 50 hours per week, with some evenings, nights and weekends. See Practice Locations for information on affiliated hospitals.

Practice Locations

Trauma, Foot & Ankle, Total Joints, Sports, Hand & Upper Extremity, Oncology, Spine, Pediatrics, and Musculoskeletal/Urgent Care

Supportive Services
Physical/Occupational Therapy, Radiology, Pain Management, Infectious Disease, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rheumatology and Inpatient Medicine

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements


  • Completion of an accredited nurse practitioner master’s or doctoral program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • National board certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Eligible for licensure as a NP in Wisconsin
  • Eligible for a DEA license
  • Acceptable criminal background check


  • Completion of an accredited physician assistant’s master’s program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certified
  • Eligible for licensure as a PA in Wisconsin
  • Eligible for a DEA license
  • Acceptable criminal background check
Application Details

Application Details

Application Deadlines
January 31 for start date September

How to Apply

  • Complete the Human Resources application.
  • Submit to Human Resources:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Education Transcripts
    • Copy of BCLS card (must be American Heart Association issued)
    • Three reference letters (at least one from your program faculty and one from a physician)
    • One-page statement of interest in orthopaedic postgraduate fellowship training
    • If you have any questions, please contact our provider recruiter, Amanda Steffens at
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Fellowship Benefits

Fellowship Benefits

  • Salary of $60K
  • Malpractice insurance coverage
  • MCW standard APP health/dental/vacation
  • $1K for CME
  • BCLS certification

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