Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health

Our fellowship is a division of MCW General Internal Medicine and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Our mission is to train physicians and associated health professionals to advance clinical care, teaching, scholarship, and system improvements related to the advancement of healthcare for women. 

Additional Information

Affiliated Activities
Fellows can collaborate within the program (MDs and PhD) and with MCW’s Primary Care Fellows.

Fellows can earn a Master’s degree in Public Health, Clinical and Translational Science, or Bioethics through the MCW Graduate School or an MPH degree.
Applicant Qualifications/How to Apply
Physicians may be graduates of internal medicine, family medicine, gynecology, urology, or psychiatry residencies. PhDs may have degrees in psychology, nursing, or other healthcare fields.

To apply, send your CV, a letter of interest and three references to Kathryn Havens, MD. (Contact information below.)
Fellow Benefits and Support
  • Competitive stipend
  • Health, dental, life, disability, malpractice insurance
  • Time and support for professional travel
  • Tuition support for fellowship-related and degree-related courses
  • Computer and administrative support
Fellowship Activities
This two-year full-time fellowship prepares residency-trained physicians and PhD graduates in allied health care fields for academic careers. Fellows work with fellowship program faculty to complete an individualized learning plan. The learning plan may emphasize training in research, education, quality, clinical skills and/or program development and defines the fellow’s activities commensurate with career goals. Typical required activities for an MD on an educator or investigator track include 25% clinical effort with the remainder in academic development in research, education, or quality.

Fellows may elect a full complement of women’s health clinical activities including multidisciplinary comprehensive women’s health (with medicine, gynecology, and mental health input), consultative women’s health (with a focus on midlife, well being, incontinence and sexual health), and subspecialty women’s health (such as osteoporosis, breast, contraception, and women’s mental health clinics).
MCW and the Zablocki VA

The fellowship is based at Milwaukee’s Zablocki VA Medical Center. Clinical activities will include work at the VA Women’s Health Clinic and fellowship goals will include advancement of women’s health and gender-based medicine for Veterans.

View general information about the VA’s Women’s Health fellowship.

Learn more about the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Research mentors who are part of the fellowship program include faculty of the Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS), MCW’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Nursing.

Program Director and Faculty

Program faculty are faculty members at the Medical College of Wisconsin Departments of Medicine, Gynecology, Family Medicine, Urology, Surgery, and Psychiatry and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing.

Program Director

Kathryn Havens, MD
Dr. Havens is the director of women’s health at the Zablocki VA. In this role she is responsible for the Women’s Health clinic as well as the ongoing development of gender specific programs for patients. She created and then directed a clinically-oriented women’s health fellowship for six years. Dr. Havens offers her extensive experience as a clinical mentor to students, residents, and fellows to mentor VA women’s health fellows and encourage creative participation in the VA patient-centered team.

Associate Program Director

Jeffrey L. Jackson, MD, MPH
Dr. Jackson has more than ten years of experience directing a general medicine fellowship, mentoring dozens of fellows and fifty oral presentations. Dr. Jackson has published several papers involving a variety of DOD and civilian databases including NHANES, NAMCS, CMRP, among others, primarily in the areas of depression and anxiety in primary care, meta-analysis, patient-physician communication, and patient centered care. He has created a robust curriculum for academic fellows in developing research and education projects.

Psychology Faculty

Jim Hart, PhD
Director of Training Programs, pre- and post-doctoral psychology

Heather Smith, PhD
Heather Smith, PhD, is Lead Psychologist at the Zablocki VA Medical Center (VAMC) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Smith is fellowship trained in Geropsychology, and therefore is available to provide consultation to fellows on issues related to mental health in older women. In addition, Dr. Smith serves on the Psychology Training Committee and is available to provide supervision and mentorship to fellows as indicated.

Women’s Health Psychology

Colleen Heinkel, PhD

Nursing Faculty

Mary Hagle
Nurse Research Scientist

Other Faculty
Faculty with Expertise in Women’s Health Research

  • Joan Neuner, MD, MPH (AHRQ-funded osteoporosis researcher)
  • Ann Nattinger, MD, MPH (NIH-funded breast cancer researcher)
  • Edith Burns, MD (expert in geriatric women’s health)
  • Mary Jo Baisch, PhD, RN (community and public health)
  • Loren Galvao, MD, MPH (women’s health, reducing health disparities)
  • Peninnah Kako, PhD, RN, FNP, BC, APNP (access and outcomes for low income women in US and Africa)
  • Sally Lundeen, PhD, RN, FAAN (primary health care models, health equity, clinical informatics for practice and research)
  • Karen Morin, DSN, RN, FAAN (obesity in pregnancy, gender issues in health care, graduate clinical education models)
  • Rachel Schiffman, PhD, RN, FAAN (maternal child interaction)

Faculty with Expertise in Educational Design and Evaluation

Faculty with Expertise in Clinical Women’s Health

Faculty with Expertise in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

  • Geoffrey Lamb, MD (Associate Director of the Joint Quality Office on MCW’s campus and Co-Investigator of MCW’s faculty development program)
  • Kathlyn Fletcher, MD (Program Director, Zablocki Safety Chief Resident Program)
  • Jerome Van Ruiswyk, MD, MPH (led many VA quality programs)


Contact Us

Akeira Johnson, MD

Program Director, Women's Health Fellowship; Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine

(414) 383-5351 (fax)
Zablocki VA
5000 West National Ave.
Medical Administration
5th Floor, Room 5140
Milwaukee, WI 53295