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American Family Children's Hospital

 

Find out more about the American Family Children's Hospital.

 

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin! Our goal is to develop leaders in academic pediatrics and provide you with outstanding fellowship training that will meet your goals. In addition to superb clinical training, you will have the opportunity to work with research mentors in basic science, clinical research, and health services research. And, Madison is a wonderful place to live – with its wonderful restaurants, diverse culture, and year-round recreational activities.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to help prepare you for your career, and we hope you'll explore these pages to learn more about what we can offer you.

For complete information on Department of Pediatrics fellowships, please select your program of interest:

Clinical Facilities

American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH) is a six-story, 135,000 square foot, 84-bed facility that supports the full integration of clinical care, academic programs, and research initiatives to produce a state-of-the-art enterprise not found elsewhere in the region.

Other affiliated hospitals and clinics throughout the state of Wisconsin play an important role in our fellowship programs. Through joint research projects and teaching assignments, these facilities serve as strong educational resources for the university and our fellows.

Compensation & Benefits

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics provides a full range of benefits for its residents and fellows. More information on compensation and benefits is available on the UW Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) website.

Living in Madison

Madison is consistently rated one of the best places in the country to live and play. A vibrant, picturesque city with a population just over 200,000, Madison is the state capital and the home of the University of Wisconsin. While boasting many big city amenities, Madison is an easy city in which to live. Commutes are short, the cost of living reasonable, and the crime rate low. It’s a great place to work, have fun, find friends who share your interests, and raise a family.

For more information about the opportunities that await you in Madison, see the UW Health GME website or the UW Pediatric Residency website.

 

Tips for Success in Finding the Right Fellowship

Since all pediatric specialty fellowships have many features in common that are dictated by accreditation requirements, search for the differences that will help you identify a program that is the best fit for your goals and needs.

  • Ask a lot of questions!

  • Although securing a fellowship position can be competitive, it is still important to identify personal priorities that would make a program a good match, and seek out support for them in the programs you visit. Here are some helpful questions:

    • Do you hope to spend your research time in a laboratory or clinical research setting? How well-protected is the research time? What intramural funding is available to support fellowship research projects? How do fellows identify research mentors?
    • Do you envision a career primarily as a clinician or clinical investigator? How well is this career path supported at your prospective programs, in terms of specialized training and funding?
    • Do you wish to live in a certain area of the country? Are you looking for more urban or rural environments?
    • Will you be relocating with a partner or family? What is the maternity or paternity leave policy for trainees? Is daycare easily obtainable? Are the schools accessible and of high quality? Will the availability of work for your partner be important?
    • How affordable and comprehensive is the health insurance at your prospective programs?

  • Fellows are the best source of information for much of what you’re trying to learn about the program, so speak to as many fellows as you can at the programs you visit.

    • Gauge how the fellows feel about their training experience.
    • Assess how well prepared fellows feel for finding a job and continuing with their careers.
    • Ask about what fellows feel are the greatest strengths of their program, how it could be improved, and how the fellowship responds to efforts by fellows to improve the program.

Review fellowship websites and printed materials in order to build an understanding of the support that will be available for your clinical and research interests at each program.

Last updated: 08/12/2015
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