Medical College of Wisconsin Academic Fellowship in Hospital Medicine

This fellowship includes two tracks, Academic and Procedural.

Academic Track Overview

Our 2-year academic fellowship in hospital medicine offers immersive and structured training in research methodology for candidates interested in pursuing a clinician investigator career in hospital medicine. Successful graduates are well positioned to apply for federally funded research conducted in the inpatient setting or linking inpatient care to outpatient care or the community.

Our curriculum is designed to provide closely mentored training opportunities in health services and health systems research, quality improvement, decision science, implementation research, and both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Successful graduates will be not only comfortable managing inpatient teams but also be able to conduct multidisciplinary research both in the inpatient setting and across the inpatient-outpatient, care transition continuum.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates are interested in a career in hospital medicine, with a career plan to continue as a hospitalist, rather than transitioning into a subspecialty, and are interested in becoming faculty in an academic medical center following completion of the fellowship. Fellows are appointed at the level of Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine and upon completion will be strongly considered for a faculty position.

Clinical Responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

Clinical duties include 13 weeks of clinical work as a hospitalist in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

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Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research

Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research

Fellows will receive structured training in clinical and translational research, health systems research methods, biostatistics, quality improvement, clinical trial design and grant preparation through the MS in clinical and translational research program at MCW.

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Fellows receive close mentoring from an array of accomplished mentors and mentorship groups. One on one mentorship is provided by pairing fellows with content and methodology mentors based upon their research topic. A list of mentors and their areas of interest is provided under “resources” below. All fellowship mentors come together as a mentorship panel to provide feedback and guidance to the fellows on a quarterly basis. In addition, fellows work closely with the MCW Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS). Fellows will present their work for feedback and guidance from senior faculty and peer mentors at CAPS Works In Progress, mentorship group meetings, grant development, and writing group meetings.

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Bed-side Procedural Fellowship (1 year)

The program offers a unique opportunity to work closely with the dedicated Bedside Procedure Team with years of experience in a range of medical procedures. Fellows will gain hands-on experience and master techniques such as central line placement, lumbar punctures, thoracentesis, and more. The fellowship is an opportunity to make a significant impact on patient care while advancing your own skills and knowledge. Beyond skill acquisition, this fellowship is designated to prepare fellows to become forefront leaders in procedural medicine.


How To Apply

Applicants who have completed residency training in internal medicine or are currently in their second or third year of an internal medicine residency program are eligible to apply.

Please submit the following items to apply. Application materials should be sent to

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Please direct enquiries to:

Stephanie Peterson
Clinical Program Coordinator | (414) 955-0392

Benefits and Support
  • Competitive stipend
  • Health, dental, life, disability and malpractice insurance
  • Time and support for research projects and professional travel
  • Tuition support for masters or certificate courses taken as part of the fellowship program
  • Computer and administrative support

Ann Nattinger, MD, MPH – breast cancer and health services research

Jeff Whittle, MD – access to care and quality of care, Veterans Administration

Joan Neuner, MD, MPH – women’s health and cancer outcomes research

Jeff Jackson, MD, MPH – internal medicine and meta-analyses

Kathlyn Fletcher, MD – post traumatic stress disorder and qualitative research

Carlos Mendez, MD – diabetes and perioperative medicine

Brad Crotty, MD, MPH – health informatics and decision science

Joni Williams, MD, MPH – health disparities and women’s health

Malek Somai, MD, MPH – health informatics and data engineering

Sanjay Bhandari, MD – hospital medicine, healthcare disparities

Aprill Dawson, PhD, MPH – health services research and vulnerable populations

Jennifer Campbell, PhD, MPH – implementation science and inner-city populations

Laura Hawks, MD, MPH – health disparities and incarceration

Njeri Wainaina, MD – perioperative medicine and antimicrobial stewardship

Cynthia Kay, MD, MS – hospital practice patterns and bedside procedures

Amy Farkas, MD, MS – sex and gender based harassment

Sheila Swartz, MD, MPH – Director, Bedside Procedure Team

Hospitalist and Perioperative Medicine Leadership
About Center for Advancing Population Science
The mission of the Center for Advancing Population Sciences (CAPS) is to develop, test, and implement innovative strategies for transforming healthcare that optimizes quality, value, and cost. As an interdisciplinary group of health services researchers collaborating in a diverse array of subject areas, CAPS conducts research on health care services and related health outcomes, facilitates a supportive environment for MCW investigators developing externally funded research programs, determines the need for and recruits new faculty in targeted methodologic areas, and provides an environment to support career growth and enhance collaboration. Units bring together a diverse group of investigators around broad topic areas to fosters the creation of innovative ideas regarding how to evaluate and improve population health across diverse populations and geographic regions. These Units include health systems research, population health research, health disparities/community engagement, global health, biostatistics/economics, and Veterans Administration research. A seminar series with two seminars each month provide an avenue for presentation by senior investigators in a Grand Rounds style, and presentations by junior investigators in a Works-In-Progress style to receive feedback and guidance. In addition, a number of opportunities exist to help build capacity of junior faculty, including grant development and writing group meetings, and monthly team-based mentorship meetings. Investigators have expertise in areas surrounding chronic disease management, social determinants of health, health disparities, cancer prevention and outcomes, cardiovascular disease, patient-provider communication, surgical care outcomes, patient safety, maternal and child health, and behavioral health.

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Contact Us

Sanjay Bhandari, MD

Program Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine

Stephanie Peterson

Clinical Program Coordinator | (414) 955-0392