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Medical College of Wisconsin Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship Program

Our three-year curriculum trains pediatric emergency medicine specialists to provide expert pediatric emergency care, to supervise others who provide such care and to conduct research focused on improving the care of acutely ill and injured children. This ACGME accredited program has been preparing fellows for subspecialty board certification for over 25 years. We attract candidates from across the United States with many of our graduates staying in Milwaukee and joining the team as faculty members.

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A Message from Our Director

As Fellowship Director, I have the honor and privilege of helping to shape and train the next generation of leaders in pediatric emergency medicine. At the Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Wisconsin, we attract top-notch fellows who constantly motivate us to provide the best training in clinical medicine and scholarship. We are fortunate to have a busy tertiary care pediatric ER with over 70,000 visits annually as our primary training site and are also fortunate to have campus and national leaders in all disciplines of scholarship (right in our section!) who take an active interest in sharing their knowledge and experience with our fellows. We welcomed a new Emergency Department build in the fall of 2023 and love that it helps us provide the best and safest care to our patients.

Our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is dedicated to providing our trainees an advancement of autonomy that sets them up to be successful wherever they land after training. We look forward to hearing from you and having the opportunity to show you what an amazing place Milwaukee is to train!

Viday Heffner, MD, MHPE
Viday Heffner, MD, MHPE

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Co-Director, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Education

As a fellow, you will...

  • Receive clinical training in the Emergency Department and Trauma Center (EDTC) of Children’s Wisconsin, a Level 1 trauma center on the campus of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center
  • Receive training in a regional Medical Center that cares for over 70,000 children each year
  • Receive training in research design, statistics, medical literature review, quality improvement and patient safety, and other forms of scholarship
  • Complete a scholarly product of publishable quality
  • Participate in administrative duties for further education and career development
  • Become familiar with concepts of risk management and essentials of emergency department documentation
  • Have an opportunity to complete coursework for Master's degree in Clinical and Translational sciences during the second and third year of fellowship
  • Enjoy weekly protected time for fellow education. Sessions include a comprehensive point of care ultrasound curriculum, frequent patient simulations, video trauma review, and other various learning opportunities.

Children's Wisconsin ED Tour 

Fellowship program members give a tour of our new Children's Wisconsin Emergency Department.

About PEM Fellowship

Educational Settings
Children's Wisconsin is a state of the art 296-bed facility on the campus of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center.

Children's Wisconsin is the only free standing pediatric hospital in Wisconsin, providing primary care to children in the Milwaukee area, Level I trauma care, and tertiary care to patients from a wide referral base including Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The hospital has a 72-bed PICU, which hosts a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program, as well as an active pediatric transport team. The hospital is linked to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) by a skywalk, and to other major teaching centers of MCW (Froedtert Hospital and the Eye Institute).

The Emergency Department and Trauma Center (EDTC) of Children's Wisconsin is staffed by PEM faculty members, APPs and fellows. We are involved in teaching medical students, pre-hospital providers, and residents in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and family practice. Our group is active in clinical research in various areas of pediatric emergency medicine including trauma, injury prevention, asthma, head trauma, violence, adolescent issues, pain management, sedation and outcome measures for common interventions. We participate in the PECARN network and are actively involved in the head trauma and cervical spine studies coordinated by this network.

The Children's Wisconsin EDTC was recently expanded and moved to the front of the hospital to improve access, child and family experience, and patient care. The Children's Wisconsin EDTC remains in close proximity to the Adult Emergency Department of Froedtert Hospital. Although each department functions independently, the close proximity provides a unique setting for sharing of knowledge and teaching opportunities. Easily accessible formal conferences include Pediatric Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, and multidisciplinary trauma conferences. We are involved in pre-hospital direction of care for critically ill and injured pediatric patients through the Milwaukee County Paramedic Base.
Educational Opportunities

In addition to bedside teaching of residents and medical students, there are many opportunities to participate in formal lectures outside the emergency department:

  • Journal club: Each fellow will lead journal club with 1-2 article reviews per year.
  • Case conference: Each fellow will present an interesting or difficult case to a group of PEM faculty and fellows 2-3 times per year.
  • Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds: Each fellow will present a pediatric topic at the Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds 1-2 times per year.
  • Splint and Suture workshops: Fellows will participate in quarterly splint and suture workshops for pediatric residents.
  • Pediatric Intern workshop: Fellows have the opportunity to participate in procedural workshops for incoming pediatric interns that include airway, laceration repair and lumbar puncture stations among others.
  • Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support Course: Fellows have the opportunity to take this course which is sponsored by the Society for Critical Care Medicine. This course teaches the skills necessary to stabilize and transport critically ill pediatric patients.
  • PEM Bootcamp: First year fellows have time set aside to attend this regional bootcamp held in St. Louis, MO. Tailored to prepare first years for fellowship, the multi-day seminar focuses on high-acuity and procedure-specific skills as well as simulations and workshops. Learn more.
  • Resident Simulation Facilitator: Fellows have the opportunity to help run SIM’s for pediatric residents and help facilitate discussion and debriefing.

Formal fellow education is also an integral portion of training and consists of lectures as well as hands-on workshops:

  • Simulation lab: Fellows manage high acuity scenarios through high fidelity in-situ simulation 1-2 times monthly and receive immediate feedback from PEM faculty.
  • Boards Preparation: Fellows regularly meet with faculty to review PEM board style questions from multiple board review resources.
  • Radiology lectures: Lecture based series led by radiology faculty that involves methodical approaches to reading images while reviewing interesting films occurring monthly to every other month.
  • Ultrasound curriculum: Monthly lecture based, and hands-on sessions led by PEM.
  • Procedure workshops: Integrated with the monthly SIM sessions throughout the year and led by PEM.

For those fellows interested in a Medical Education/Teaching focus, the Medical College of Wisconsin hosts a thriving pediatric residency program providing physicians in training opportunities to achieve clinical excellence. Learn more about Pediatric Medical Education.

Research and Scholarly Activities

Fellows receive formal training in research design and statistics, and become competent in scientific writing and research. The research study design and introduction to statistical analysis seminars are scheduled early in the first year. Statistical guidance is available in the section. Fellows create their scholarship oversight committees which have the responsibility of supervising the fellow's research efforts. This committee meets biannually and reports to the fellowship director who monitors research activity and productivity. Manuscript and abstract preparation skills are emphasized in didactic and individual sessions.

Each fellow will choose a faculty member to assist him/her in developing and conducting a research project. The faculty mentor will provide advice on study design, data collection, abstract preparation and manuscript writing. The fellowship director will be available to provide advice and is responsible for monitoring the fellow's progress in research.

Focused Time
In addition to twelve months of focused time for research, the fellowship has been designed to allow on-going time for research during most months of training.

Research Expectations
The fellow is expected to complete a significant study of publishable quality during the fellowship and present the research at local, regional, and national conferences. The fellow will be encouraged to collaborate on additional projects as appropriate.

Areas of Research
Research may be done in any area of pediatric emergency medicine. Some current research interests in our group include new methods of analgesia/sedation, asthma, violence and injury prevention, emergency department utilization, trauma, medication education, point-of-care ultrasound, global health, and DEI initiatives.

Statistical Analysis
Available within the Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Graduate Degree
Master's preparation in Clinical Epidemiology, Bioethics, and Public Health is offered on campus at MCW through a master's in Clinical & Translational Sciences. Fellows are encouraged to undertake this coursework and are supported through schedule adaptation when necessary.

Additional Opportunities
The Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine also supports fellows' pursuits of outside scholarship in multiple different forms. A couple of examples include:

  • The Quality Scholars Program at Cincinnati Children's, a course aimed at "challenging participants to transform the delivery of pediatric healthcare." More information can be found on the James M Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence website.
  • Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine through the Wilderness Medicine Society.
  • The Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of Glasgow, for a fellow with primary interests in global health.
  • The Health Equity Scholars Program through the Center for Health Equity, Education and Advocacy, a project focused course bringing together providers at all levels to "better understand health inequities, build strong advocates, and create a network for ongoing community organizing and advocacy."
  • The AAP Advocacy Conference, attended by fellows interested in advancing their skills for a future in health advocacy at the community, city, state, and national levels.
  • Supporting additional US skills through the Society of Critical Care Medicine Critical Care Ultrasound Smart course.

Sample Fellowship Rotation Schedule (PDF)

Clinical Training in the Emergency Department - Clinical training occurs during the three fellowship years. Assignments in the EDTC during the first 3-6 months of fellowship are "protected" with the emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to practice independently and to supervise. These fellow shifts are supervised by the attending EDTC physician. As the fellow progresses during the first year, supervision of house staff and students, and independent practice working with an on-site attending physician is emphasized. During the second and third year of fellowship, the fellow is assigned some shifts as the attending-level physician with attending on-site presence and intervention as necessary.

Elective Options

  • Toxicology
  • Point-of-care Ultrasound, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Burn Medicine
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric ENT
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hand Surgery
  • Gynecology/Adolescent Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Child/Sexual Abuse
  • Prehospital Care
  • Intensive Research Experience
  • Simulation Education

If desired, electives can be combined (e.g., ½ radiology + ½ dermatology, etc.)

Teaching Skills
Supervision and teaching of medical students and residents (pediatric, family practice, and emergency medicine) in EDTC. A workshop on bedside teaching is presented annually.


  • Presentations
    • PALS instructor
    • Formal presentations at the Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, PEM case conference, and Pediatric noon conference.

  • Preparation - The fellows receive instruction on lecture preparation skills and slide preparation. Each presentation is reviewed with the fellow for content, organization, and presentation and assistance with slide preparation is provided.
Administrative Skills

Administrative Skills
Participation in administrative duties is an integral part of fellowship education and career development. Fellows will participate in:

  • Individual fellow administrative assignments including: fellow recruitment coordinator, fellow emergency department scheduling, educational schedule coordinator/administrator, and social media manager.
  • Quarterly PEM fellow business meetings
  • Monthly section business meetings

Quality Improvement
Fellows will receive education and mentorship on quality improvement in an effort to improve patient safety and care. Fellows will participate in:

  • Ongoing section QI activities
  • Monthly section QI meetings

Risk Management
Fellows will become familiar with concepts of risk management and essentials of emergency department documentation.

Pediatric Joint Fellowship Curriculum
The Joint Fellowship Curriculum (JFC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin is a series of longitudinal educational experiences designed to cover topics required for all pediatric fellows. While specialty-specific education is covered within each section, the JFC endeavors to cover the remainder of topics that are common to all fellowship trainees. Fellows not only gain insight on these topics from campus-wide experts, but also do so in a collaborative learning environment with their same level fellow peers from across the pediatric enterprise. 

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Our Faculty
Our talented, experienced team is eager to share their knowledge with and support you throughout your fellowship.

Meet our team

Graduate Testimonials

"Training as a fellow here was the best of all worlds: attendings who treat you as colleagues and push your autonomy and decision making, mentors whofind and connect you to opportunities both in and out of the hospital to grow your niche interests, and a supportive family through the highs and lows oflife. I am as prepared as I can be for work and life after training!" - Swathi Prasad, MD

"Training at MCW is like no other! Fast-paced, high-volume, high-acuity shifts combined with fantastic teachers provides a learning environment that prepares fellows to transition to attending-hood with ease. There are ample opportunities for research and mentorship designed to focus on each fellow's personal strengths and career goals. Overall, a great training experience!" - Erica Iafelice, DO

“MCW provided an ideal set up for fellowship training. Children’s is a busy level-1 trauma center with a diverse patient population and a wide range of pathologies and acuity. The faculty is full of down-to-earth people who are supportive of fellow autonomy and academic endeavors.” – Jay Todd, MD 

“The variety of clinical presentations is truly unmatched from blunt to penetrating trauma and from suburban, urban, underserved and everything in between I’m leaving fellowship well versed in clinical pathology. Not only do you get a rich breath of clinical experience but the support and mentorship is top notch. Also as a PECARN node, there is robust research support in place for your success. There is a great framework, mentorship, and networking available to nurture any academic pursuit you may have. Our section is dedicated to creating leaders in the field of PEM.” – Meagan Ladell, MD

“The training at this program cannot be beat. From clinical exposure to academic opportunities, you'll graduate from this program with the skills and mentorship to take on anything in your PEM career.” -Kelly Bailey, MD

“I felt that the program allowed for natural growth throughout the fellowship, and would provide me with the confidence needed to manage an Emergency Department.” - Nick Kuehnel, MD

“I love the autonomy of the program. The people are so supportive and Milwaukee is a fun and very  livable city.” - Stephanie Schroter, MD

“This fellowship offers a unique opportunity to complete successful research while still being a trainee which I feel is rare at this training level.” - David Vyles, DO, MS

"I chose MCW to work alongside attendings who make you feel like a colleague and join a program with great research support. The program truly wants to find ways to support your academic interests that will shape your future career, whatever they may be."  - Sarah Thill, MD

"I feel that the program here really supports fellow research efforts and quality improvement work.  It prepared me to be a very competitive applicant for faculty positions."  - Shannon Baumer-Mouradian, MD

I knew I would get my exposure training at a high volume tertiary care hospital currently  >70,000 visits/year that is a Level 1 Trauma Center. The longstanding history of providing as much autonomy to the fellows in training as possible was another deciding factor influencing my choice to train here which has provided a lot of clinical growth and will help my transition to become a future PEM faculty member after graduation.” - David Ashby, DO, MS

The thing that drew me to the fellowship, made by experience as a fellow truly enjoyable, and led me to come back as an attending is the people. I’ve always appreciated everyone’s passion and dedication to their work, support for each other and willingness to try new ideas. – Chris Spahr, MD

Milwaukee is a great place to learn how to be a pediatric emergency physician. Patient volumes in the ED are consistently high, and there is a solid mix of trauma, bread and butter pediatrics, and more complex, special needs patients. There is also wonderful faculty mentorship and research support. I’m very happy I chose MCW for fellowship. – Megan Schultz, MD, MA

My co-fellows were so nice and welcoming.  From the very beginning, the attendings really made me feel like I was one of them.  I remember the first time an attending asked me for an opinion on how to manage a patient, not just to test me, but because they really valued my opinion…it was awesome, and I knew I made the right choice! – Michelle Pickett, MD, MS

What I most value from my training (and why I decided to come here in the first place) are the amazing people I got to work with!  From the faculty to nurses to ancillary staff I always felt supported and was able to gain valuable knowledge, skills and mentors both clinically, academically and personally. – Jean Pearce, MD, MS

In looking for a fellowship, I sought a program at a hospital that served a large catchment area to provide a variety of clinical experiences, an academic program with quality mentorship for fellows, and a somewhere that is a great place to live. Milwaukee has it all! I must have made the right decision because I’m still here!"
- Andrea Morrison, MD, MS

“I am very thankful for the clinical training as well as the lifelong mentorships I've gained during fellowship at MCW.  CHW is one of only 35 level 1 pediatric trauma centers in the country and the level of acuity and variety of patients that we see on a daily basis is incredible.  The lessons I've learned in managing critical patients, running a department, and leading a team have prepared me to step into any pediatric emergency department in the country and hit the ground running.” - Yan Zahn, MD

Our Institutions

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In the last ten years, faculty received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 4.0 million patients annually.

About Children’s Wisconsin

Children’s Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2019, Children’s invested more than $130 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine houses both the chair and co-chair (Dr. Michael Levas and Dr. Michelle Pickett, respectively) of the Department of Pediatrics (DOP) Council on Diversity and Inclusion. The council's mission is to "make all members of the department feel welcome considering our increasingly diverse composition, to embrace best practices to improve diversity through recruitment and retention, and to use scholarship to discover new avenues for embracing diversity and all the benefits it brings." The council works to educate the DOP on topics such as unconscious bias, trauma-informed workplace, microaggressions, and gender identity. They also support numerous efforts to promote the fostering of diversity, inclusion, and unity at MCW.

At MCW and within the Department of Pediatrics, we have several programs and resources focused on fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. Our departmental and institutional focus is confronting negative perceptions and welcoming our community. Below is just a sampling of the efforts across our institutions to embed the principles of diversity and inclusion into our culture.

  • DOP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council | Our Diversity Council, led by Dr. Mike Levas, the DOP Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, and comprised of faculty, staff, administration, and trainees, is focused on connecting with partners across our system and within the community to ensure the DOP is a diverse, equitable and inclusive employer.
  • DOP Fellowship and Residency Diversity and Inclusion Committees | In a city filled with its own diversity and rich cultural history, our fellows and residents recognize the importance of addressing diversity, health equity, and inclusion within our programs. As such, the program is proud to recognize the presence and work of its Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • DOP Unconscious Bias Training | The AAMC has partnered with Cook Ross, Inc., a leading consulting firm, to create training focused on the science behind unconscious bias to help academic medical staff and faculty mitigate disparities. Seven members of our team have earned a certification as unconscious bias trainers through Cook Ross. These trainers have translated what they’ve learned into a two-hour training for our faculty and staff. By learning how to identify and confront unconscious bias, it is possible to mitigate the impact and promote respect for all groups.
  • Trauma-Informed Workplace Training | This committee has undertaken actions including a department-wide survey and the creation of four online training modules sharing the principles of trauma-informed approach and how to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in ourselves and others. This group started as part of Fostering Futures, a state-wide initiative aimed at infusing a trauma-informed approach into all the systems and organizations that touch the lives of Wisconsin citizens with the goal of expanding across the state to make Wisconsin the first trauma-informed state in the nation.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion | Established in March 2016, the MCW Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) partners within MCW and with community partners to foster and drive inclusion excellence as an effective, empowering enabler of MCW mission and strategic goals.
  • Spring Festival of Cultures | The annual Spring Festival of Cultures encourages an increased awareness and celebration of the visible and non-visible identities among our MCW community. This three-day event is an opportunity to promote the fostering of diversity, inclusion and unity at MCW.
  • President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award | MCW’s President's Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, residents, trainees, and community members in contributing to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership.
  • Institute of Health and Equity | The Institute for Health & Equity is focused on researching the root causes of health disparities in our communities, and advancing the best ideas to foster health equity throughout the world. We target populations with abnormally high rates of disease and injury – urban and rural alike – and then we find out why. Partnering with community health collaborators who live and work closest to the most vulnerable populations, we are making an impact on reducing those disparities, one community at a time.
  • GMF-MCW Partnership | Through their overall partnership, MCW and GMF will bring complementary expertise on a range of strategies to invest in the health, equity and economic well-being of people across Milwaukee, beginning with the neighborhoods adjacent to the new development. Guided by community priorities and data, the GMF-MCW Partnership will be a catalyst for additional investment and community impact. Together, the partners will:
    • Engage resident and community partnerships
    • Improve social determinants of health
    • Catalyze change that leverages resources and investment

Learn more about MCW's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Living and Training in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets and a prime location for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s main campus. A one-of-a-kind city with a vibrant and diverse culture, this charming, yet metropolitan must-see is just 90 minutes north of Chicago and nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re catching a show at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, immersing yourself in the old world charm of the Historic Third Ward or taking in the sights and sounds of one of the many cafés, beer gardens or restaurants that line the city’s riverbank and shoreline, Milwaukee never disappoints. Find out why MCW students, faculty and employees take pride in calling Milwaukee home.

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Application Process and Visa Information

Our 3-year fellowship program is ACGME accredited and begins on July 1 each year. We accept two or three fellows each year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants must have completed a US-accredited residency program. Applications from prospective applicants are accepted from July through October via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will access your application and contact you to make interview arrangements.

Complete applications should include the following:

  • ERAS application form
  • At least 3 letters of reference including Program Director letter
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation/Dean's Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • MD Applicants: USMLE scores - Steps 1, 2, and 3 or
  • DO Applicants: COMLEX scores – Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • ECFMG certificate for foreign medical school graduates (see visa information below)

Our program currently accepts the following visas:

  • Permanent Resident Visa
  • Visitor Exchange Visa sponsored by ECFMG (J-1)
  • Temporary Professional Workers (H-1B)

For additional visa information please visit MCW’s office of Graduate Medical Education.

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Benefits, Conditions and Terms of Employment
Fellows are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH).

See MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment for information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, stipends and professional liability.

Fellowship training at MCW has been a fantastic learning opportunity. Training at a busy academic hospital/level-1 trauma center with friendly, intelligent, and supportive faculty who provided graded autonomy and strong research mentorship certainly facilitated my success in the program and ultimately influenced my decision to stay on board as a faculty member!"

Keli Coleman, MD

June 2020

Current Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows

Jamie Holland, MD

Third Year Fellow

Holland Jamie MD 20220701

Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, NE

Research Interest: Injury prevention 

Narmeen Khan, MD

Third Year Fellow

Khan Narmeen MD 20220701

Residency: University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Research Interest: Violence prevention

Nathaniel White, MD

Third Year Fellow

White Nathaniel MD 20220701

Residency: University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Burlington, VT

Medical School:  Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Research Interest: Sedation practices

Lindsay Boles, MD

Second Year Fellow

Boles MD LindsayCW2023 

Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH

Research Interest: Throughput, Process Improvement, Medical Education

Hanna Heintz, MD

Second Year Fellow


Residency: MCWAH-Children's Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI


Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Research Interest: the interface between prehospital and ED medicine and improving pediatric emergency medicine education in surrounding EMS communities

Emily Hogikyan, MD

Second Year Fellow


Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL


Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

Research Interest: Medical Education and Patient Education

Callie Krentz, MD

First Year Fellow


Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 

Research Interest: QI - Patient and Family Experience

Abby Mahler, MD

First Year Fellow


Residency: Washington University St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 

Research Interest: Injury Prevention

Emma Strode, DO

First Year Fellow


 Residency: Case Western Reserve/Rainbow Babies, Cleveland, OH

Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville, Kirksville, MO

Research Interest: Advocacy - Firearm storage, Food insecurity

Graduated PEM Fellows

2021-2024 Graduates

Madeline Field, MD
Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
After Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

Swathi Prasad, MD
Residency: MCWAH-Children's Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
After Fellowship: Emory-Children's Center; Atlanta, GA

2020-2023 Graduates

Amanda Dupont, DO

Residency: William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Milwaukee, WI


Erica Iafelice, DO

Residency: Advocate Christ Children's Hospital, Oak Lawn, IL

After Fellowship: Hasbro Children's Hospital/Brown University, Providence, RI


Jane Rivas, MD

Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Milwaukee, WI

2019-2022 Graduates

Dominique Diggs, MD
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
After Fellowship: EMS Fellowship, Houston, TX

Meagan Ladell, MD
Residency: St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, MO
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Milwaukee, WI

Jason Todd, MD
Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
After Fellowship: South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, MA

2018-2021 Graduates
Kelly Bailey, MD
Residency: MCWAH – Children’s Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI
After Fellowship: Spokane Emergency Physicians, Spokane WA

Daphne Branham, MD
Residency: St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, MO
After Fellowship: St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis MO
2017-2020 Graduates
Keli Coleman, MD
Residency: MCWAH – Children’s Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Milwaukee, WI

Yan Zhan, MD
Residency: University of California, San Diego, CA
After Fellowship: University of California San Diego, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, San Diego, CA
2016-2019 Graduates

David Ashby, DO, MS
Residency: Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center; Phoenix, AZ
After Fellowship:  Texas Children’s Hospital; Houston, TX

Stephanie Schroter, MD
Residency: University of California; San Diego, CA
After Fellowship: Rady Children’s Hospital; San Diego, CA

Sarah Thill, MD
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Milwaukee, WI

2015-2018 Graduates

Shannon Baumer-Mouradian, MD
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Milwaukee, WI

Lindsey Query, MD
Residency: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Phoenix, AZ
After Fellowship: Children’s Mercy Hospital; Kansas City, MO

Megan Schultz, MD, MA
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital; Boston, MA
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Milwaukee, WI

2014-2017 Graduates

Nick Kuehnel, MD
Residency: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital; Chicago, IL
After Fellowship: UW Hospital System; Madison, WI

Neel Subramanian, MD
Residency: Loyola University; Chicago, IL
After Fellowship: Duke University Hospital; Durham, NC

David Vyles, DO
Residency: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Phoenix, AZ
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Milwaukee, WI

2013-2016 Graduates
John Cox, MD
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI

Daisy Ciener, MD
Residency: University Hospital Case Medical Center/Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital; Cleveland, OH
After Fellowship: Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital of Vanderbilt; Nashville, TN

Jean Pearce, MD
Residency: University of California–Davis; Sacramento, CA
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI

2012-2015 Graduates

Maren Lunoe, MD, MS
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
After Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA

Nina Muhammad, DO, MS
Residency: Advocate Christ Hospital & Medical Center; Oak Lawn, IL
After Fellowship: Advocate Christ Hospital & Medical Center; Oak Lawn, IL

Michelle Pickett, MD, MS
Residency: Children's Mercy Hospital; Kansas City, MO
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI

2011-2014 Graduates

Matt Gray, MD, MS
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Milwaukee, WI

Grant Keeney, MD, MS
Residency: University of California San Diego; San Diego, CA
After Fellowship: MultiCare, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center; Tacoma, WA

Breanne Shah, MD, MPH
Residency: University of Chicago Pediatric Residency; Chicago, IL
After Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Milwaukee, WI

Our Team

Viday Heffner, MD, MHPE


Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Co-Director, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Education

Abigail Schuh, MD, MMHPE

Abigail Schuh, MD, MMHPE
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Education, Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Christina Hoppe

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Fellowship Coordinator

Kim Pitre


Senior Administrative Assistant
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Contact Information

Viday Heffner, MD, MHPE

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Co-Director, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Education

(414) 266-2625

Abigail Schuh, MD, MMHPE

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Associate Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

(414) 337-3996

Christina Hoppe

Education Program Coordinator II

(414) 337-4145

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin
Children's Corporate Center, Suite C550
999 N. 92nd St.
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997
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