Medical College of Wisconsin Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fellowship Training Programs

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center are proud to offer fellowships in the areas below.

Ample research opportunities with established investigators complement these positions. Moonlighting opportunities are available.

Please view the Graduate Medical Education's Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment web page for details.

Pain Management

This ACGME-accredited one-year program in collaboration with Anesthesia trains physiatrists in the management of complex pain syndromes.

Gwynne Kirchen, MD
Program Director

Sarah Pritchard
Program Coordinator

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Comprehensive Neurorehabilitation and Spasticity Management Fellowship

This one-year program teaches advanced techniques for spasticity and dystonia management including neurolytic procedures and intrathecal pump management. Program includes additional training in clinical and dynamic EMG and involvement in the motion analysis lab.

John R. McGuire, MD
Program Director

Meghann Sytsma

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Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Training Program

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM).

Chris White, MD
Program Director

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Application Requirements (please note there is no centralized application process)

Please email the following documents to

  • Completed application (PDF)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE or COMPLEX Transcript
  • ECFMG Certificate (International Applicants must be ECFMG certified prior to any interview)

Interested applicants must register for the NRMP Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Match.

Interviews will be held VIRTUALLY and at ASCIP (depending on timing).

Program Details

The SCIM Fellowship is a program with specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury. The program is open to physicians (US citizen or work eligible) who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in PM&R, plastic surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, neurological surgery, neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, surgery, or urology. Successful completion of the fellowship program satisfies the eligibility requirement to take the examination in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine to obtain subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.

The SCIM Fellowship program at MCW is designed to provide an educational experience to ensure that its graduate possess the advanced knowledge and competencies necessary to practice this subspecialty.

The Fellow will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge of:

  • The impact of spinal cord dysfunction (SCD) on the various organ systems,
  • The natural history, pharmacologic management and evolution of organ system functioning after SCD and the interaction among the various organ systems,
  • The impact of aging and long-standing injury on organ system decline,
  • The prevention and treatment of secondary complications of SCD, and
  • The maximal functions possible, based on the characteristics and level of SCD and how to achieve them.

The Fellow will be given the opportunity to become proficient in:

  • Coordination in the post initial care setting of the impact and timing of treatment of each organ system’s dysfunction so that an optimum treatment effect can be obtained,
  • Planning of the most efficient and effective treatment approaches for acquisition of skills and knowledge by the patient in order to acquire the highest level of functioning, and
  • Promotion of patient education about all aspects of SCD in order to promote patient independence and patient recognition of illness.

Important Information

  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine fellowship is one year in length
  • Certification in SCI medicine is offered to diplomats of all ABMS member boards, particularly from specialties directly related to the care of persons with spinal cord injury whose diplomats wish to be certified in SCI medicine (e.g. anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, and urology).

Please note the following:

Visit the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Match website.

Additional accreditation information can be found on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education website.

A 2-year non-accredited Research Fellowship is also available.

Fellow Profiles

Lauren Shuda, MD, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship
Michiko Paschall, MD, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship

Sonia Shah, MD, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship
Sarah Wineman, MD, Neurorehabilitation and Spasticity Management Fellowship

Charlotte Ball, MD; Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship
Bindiya Shah, DO; Spasticity Fellowship

Nicholas Wilcox, MD; Spasticity Fellowship

Kyle Ryan, MD; Spasticity Fellowship
Bridget Walker, MD; Spasticity Fellowship

Cassandra List, MD; Spasticity Fellowship
Kimberly Keniry, MD; Spasticity Fellowship

Brian Robertson-Dick, MD; Spasticity Fellowship
Vivian Roy, MD; SCI Fellowship
Nicole Wagaman, DO; SCI Fellowship

William Kim, MD; SCI Fellowship
Kristin Garlanger, DO; SCI Fellowship
Peter Gikas, MD; Pain Fellowship

Michael Uihlein, MD; SCI Fellowship

Karin Goodfriend, MD; Spasticity Management Fellowship
Erin McGonigle, MD; Spasticity Management Fellowship
Christopher White; SCI Fellowship
Amy Ford, DO; Sports Medicine Fellowship

Beth Weinman, DO; Sports Medicine Fellowship
Dana Seslija, MD; SCI Fellowship
Shiqiang Tian, MD; Pain Fellowship

Contact Us

Candidates interested in Pain, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine should send a curriculum vitae and cover letter to:

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