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Pediatric Rheumatology

Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin is a three-year program designed for trained physicians and is led by highly experienced pediatric rheumatologists. The Fellowship Program was accredited by the ACGME in 2003, and is one of only 26 in the U.S.

Application Process
Information to submit
We do participate in ERAS Match.
Housing for Fellows

Once you have decided to pursue the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program, it's time to decide where you want to live!

The Medical College is located in Milwaukee County in the city of Wauwatosa.  The closest surrounding areas include Brookfield, Elm Grove, and of course, downtown Milwaukee.

There are many apartments, condos, and homes for you to choose from, and we look forward to welcoming you to the area!

Please check out the Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate Housing for additional resources.

Journal Club Schedule

Please see below for a listing of topics covered in journal club.

All meetings for journal club are held at 9:30 am Thursdays in the CCC, Suite 440, Room 115.

  • Periodic Fever Syndrome
  • Kawasaki's Disease
  • JIA Update
  • SLE Update
  • Vasculitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Pain Syndrome
  • Lyme Disease
  • Osteolysis
  • Scleroderma
  • Chondrodysplasias
  • Hypermobility
Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment

Stipend amounts for the 2017–2018 Academic Year:

  • GI - $59,260
  • GII - $60,310
  • GIII - $61,370
  • GIV - $62,420
  • GV - $65,580
  • GVI - $67,690
  • GVII - $69,790
  • GVIII - $71,050

The Working Condition benefit will remain $1,500 for the 2017–18 academic year. This payment is intended to help defray expenses for license fees, DEA fees, license exam fees and text books. This is a taxable benefit that will be paid in two $750 installments; one on the December 31, 2017 paycheck and one on the June 30, 2018 paycheck. There are compliance requirements that must be met to be eligible for this payment. Housestaff who complete mid-year are paid a pro-rated amount on their last paycheck.

Professional Liability
The MCW Professional Risk Management Department coordinates the professional liability self-insurance program and assures liability coverage with the Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund in excess of the primary annual limits of $1,000,000 per incident and $3,000,000 in the aggregate. Providers are covered for activities within the scope of duties for the MCW.

Fellows starting the program on or after July 1, 2015, 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.

Clinical Responsibilities

During the first year of the fellowship, fellows will be responsible for treating, diagnosing and giving follow-up care to patients with a wide variety of rheumatologic ailments such as: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), fibromyalgia, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Kawasaki disease, and other connective tissue diseases.

Fellows will work with the attending physicians to diagnose and treat approximately 15 percent of the pediatric rheumatology outpatients each year.

Fellows are also expected to be on call up to 4 weeknights and two weekends per month during their first year. This consists of participating in clinical rounds, consulting with Physicians from other subspecialties, and discussing inpatients during a weekly staffing meeting. Fellows will also be expected to participate in weekly Pediatric Rheumatology Journal Clubs and present monthly on case of interest.

A faculty Physician will staff with fellows during all patient visits and days on call.

Research Responsibilities

During the research portion of the fellowship, fellows will take part in a research project and will conduct bench or translational research for approximately two years.

The goal of creating and conducting a research project is for fellows to gain an understanding of how the care given in clinic depends on research conducted in the laboratory.

Fellows will be given the opportunity to present their research during the annual Fellowship Poster Session at the Medical College. The poster and quality of research will be judged and three fellows will be chosen to present their research at Grand Rounds. Research may also be presented at national conferences pending acceptance.

Fellows will also be expected to participate in weekly Journal Clubs and present their data to other researchers for review up to twice per year.

Fellowship Schedule


First Year Second Year Third Year
Nights On Call Up to 4 weeknights and 2 weekends per month 1 weeknight and 1 weekend per month 1 weeknight and 1 weekend per month
Number of Clinical Rounds 5 to 7 (if on weekend call) per week 2 per month 2 per month
Pediatric/Adult Rheumatology Journal Club Weekly-Required Weekly-Required Weekly-Required
Rheumatology Staffing Weekly-Required Weekly-Required Weekly-Required
Pediatric Rheumatology Teaching Conference Weekly-Required Twice yearly-Required Twice yearly-Required
Professors Rounds Weekly
Pediatric Grand Rounds Weekly
Noon Conference Weekly
Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow Board Review Weekly Weekly Weekly
Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow Board Review Immunology Journal Club Weekly Weekly
Lab Meeting Weekly Weekly
Fellowship Program Graduates

Edward Oberle, MD | 2013-2015
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Ohio State University School of Medicine; Columbus, OH

Julia Harris, MD | 2012-2014
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine; Kansas City, MO

Elizabeth Kessler, MD | 2011-2013
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine; Kansas City, MO

Dominic Co, MD, PhD | 2010-2012
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin; Wauwatosa, WI

Grant Syverson, MD | 2009-2011
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Madison, WI

Eli Eisenstein, MD, PhD | 2006-2008
Subspecialty Pediatric Rheumatology
Hadassah University Hospital–Mt. Scopus; Jerusalem, Israel

Sheetal Vora, MD, MS | 2005-2008
Pediatric Rheumatologist
Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Levine Children’s Hospital; Charlotte, NC

Fellowship Program Contact

Program Director
James J. Nocton, MD
(414) 266-6700 |

Program Coordinator
Orlando Diaz
(414) 337-7048 |