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Adult Neurology Fellowship

Adult Neurology Fellowship

Fellowship Coordinator: Cassie Meffert, PA

Program Medical Director: Justin Sattin, MD

Core didactics

  • Weekly neurology grand rounds (Category 1 CME)
  • Weekly pediatric neurology lecture series
  • Weekly resident conference
  • Stroke and epilepsy case conference
  • Subspecialty conferences as available
  • AAN neurology series
  • Neurology Coursera
  • Weekly brain cutting lecture
  • AAN conference

Rotations will include the following, as well as an elective rotation

  • Neuroradiology
  • Headache
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Dementia
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Epilepsy and EEG
  • Neuromuscular and EMG
  • Inpatient general neurology/consults
  • Stroke
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurocritical care
  • Neuropsychology

Credential awarded

Certificate of completion issued by UW Health’s Department of Neurology signed by the Department Chair, Medical Director, Program Director and Associate Director(s).

Applications, if currently being accepted, can be submitted on the UW Health Careers page. View the current position listing

Program oversight

APP Fellowship Program Director

Kristen Panther is the Program Manager for APP Education and Professional Development at UW Health. She is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with a clinical practice in General Internal Medicine and has been with UW since 2009 as an NP. She has precepted NP, PA and med students during most of that time and was awarded the Clinical Teaching Award from GIM in 2017. Additionally, Kristen worked in advanced practice education for more than seven years, with a special interest in training teachers to provide effective bedside education to clinical learners. She partners with the UW PA Program and UW School of Nursing frequently and guest lectures in both programs. She completed the UW Teaching Masters Course and jointly runs an interdisciplinary Preceptor Workshop that has national recognition.

APP Program Specialist

Emily Jumper is the Specialist for APP Education and Professional Development at UW Health. She provides project coordination and facilitation for continuing education, mentoring, professional development and educational offerings for all APPs throughout the UW Health system. Emily has a background in psychology and clinical mental health counseling and has a passion for student affairs in higher education. This passion was strengthened when coordinating clinical rotations with DNP students at UW-Madison. Emily enjoys working with learners, especially during times of transition, and looks forward to working with all future APP fellows.

Contact information: app@uwhealth.org

Pediatric Neurology Fellowship

Fellowship Coordinator: Cassie Meffert, PA

Program Medical Director: David Hsu, MD, PhD

Core didactics

  • Weekly neurology grand rounds (Category 1 CME)
  • Weekly pediatric neurology lecture series
  • Weekly resident conference
  • Pediatric epilepsy case conference
  • AAN neurology series
  • Neurology Coursera
  • Weekly brain cutting lecture
  • CNS or AAN conference

Rotations will include the following, as well as an elective rotation

  • Neuroradiology
  • Headache
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neonatal
  • Dementia
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Epilepsy and EEG
  • Neuromuscular and EMG
  • Inpatient general neurology/EMU
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychology

Credential awarded

Certificate of completion issued by UW Health’s Department of Neurology signed by the Department Chair, Medical Director, Program Director and Associate Director(s).

Applications, if currently being accepted, can be submitted on the UW Health Careers page.

Applications/qualifications

Applications can be submitted for programs actively accepting applicants. Due dates will be posted in each application section.  Interviews will generally take place a month following application deadline, with an anticipated start date of approximately 120–150 days after the applications due date.

Applications for UW Health APP fellowship programs must include the following: 

  • A recent copy of your CV/resume (including school name) 
  • A brief personal statement describing your interest in pursuing a career in the Advanced Practice specialty (600 words) 
  • Three letters of reference on letterhead (one must be from faculty or the Medical Director of your training program within the past three years) or current direct supervisor, if experienced APP. 
  • Note: All materials must be received to be considered for an initial phone interview. Second interviews will take place on-site at UW Health in Madison, Wis., or virtually. 

Education requirements

  • If Nurse Practitioner: Master’s or Doctorate’s degree from accredited nursing program.
  • If Physician Assistant:  Master’s degree from accredited PA program. 

Licenses and certifications

Minimum: State of Wisconsin NP or PA licensure

If Nurse Practitioner

  • Active RN and APRN certifications and licenses, including prescriptive authority, in state(s) of practice and
  • Active board certification as a NP in area of clinical practice. These may include the following: Adult; Adult/Gerontology Acute Care, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, Family and Gerontology. 

If Physician Assistant

  • Active PA license, including prescriptive authority, in state(s) of practice and
  • Active PA board certification 

All Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant applicants must have an active DEA license or the ability to apply for such license prior to or upon hire.

Program structure

Program outline

Fellows will begin the program with didactic education, which will mirror the current physician residency program. This didactic education will review common topics in the given specialty and will continue with scheduled lectures throughout clinical rotations. Fellows will also have month-long rotations with faculty and APPs in both the inpatient and outpatient settings as appropriate. An elective rotation will be included.

Evaluations

Each rotation will have goals and objectives followed by a formal evaluation. The associate directors will meet with the fellow to review evaluations, clinical progress and projects quarterly.

Professional development

Fellows will have dedicated time to professional development each week. Each fellow will be required to complete either a quality improvement project or research project by the end of the fellowship. This is an opportunity to use the foundational knowledge gained during the program and support translational application in practice. Examples of a QI project include Unit level support for interdisciplinary staff (such as a TRIP document – Translational Research in Practice), a topic presentation at APP Grand Rounds, a poster presentation of a local QI project or participation in clinical guidelines updates. Through this, the fellow will be coached and mentored by our Evidenced Based Practice team.

During their fellowship, the APP will take part in additional professional development opportunities. This includes a six-month series designed specifically for new graduates to support their transition to advanced practice and will allow support and open discussion with other new graduates across the organization. Transition-to-practice topics include open discussions around professional values and conduct of the Advanced Practice Provider, interpersonal competencies related to leading teams, leadership and professional scholarship, and developing accountability and responsibility for professional practice. The fellow will also have opportunities to learn from interdisciplinary team members during this professional development time, including neuro-genetics, neuro-pharmacy, physical therapy and Clinical Nurse Specialists, among others. The APP fellow will also have the opportunity to be coached by, observe and participate in activities with the APP Program Manager for Education and Professional Development.

Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship

The UW Health Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship is an intensive 12-month program for licensed Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to develop their competency in specialty care. Our faculty and providers are passionate about developing the next generation of Advanced Practice Providers.

The program consists of an integrated clinical and didactic approach to neurology. APP fellows work and learn in a team-based environment, with close mentoring and supervision from attending physicians and advanced practice providers. Upon completion of the program, our fellows will have the skills to care for a diverse patient population with a wide range of complex disorders.

Mission

Our mission is to foster the growth and development of Advance Practice Providers (APP) to become highly proficient, critically thinking, providers of specialty care with well-developed professionalism through an intensive didactic and clinical program led by advanced practice providers and physicians.

Vision

Our vision is to be the best APP workforce in the nation. We will excel in patient care, academics and the betterment of humanity. In doing this, we will contribute on a national scale to APP practice and professionalism, healthcare research, public policy and advocacy, clinical excellence, and interprofessional healthcare education. We will provide innovative, cutting edge and patient centered healthcare. We will be remarkable.