Clinical Experience

The fellowship’s clinical experiences are through clinics at the American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH), Research Park Spine & Sports Medicine clinics and Middleton Rehabilitation clinic. Additional clinics occur within other health systems in Madison and across the state as part of our local and regional relationships to serve the children of Wisconsin.
The AFCH is a 60-bed freestanding children’s hospital. As a tertiary care center, referrals are drawn from southern, central and northeastern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northeastern Iowa. The hospital also cares for children with common medical illnesses in the community setting.

Clinical Care

The fellow will participate in patient care in a variety of outpatient settings. Clinical responsibilities primarily focus on pediatric orthopedics, but will also include sports medicine, spine medicine, rheumatology and rehabilitation.
Additionally, the fellow will gain experience in fracture reduction in the emergency room and inpatient consultations regarding pediatric orthopedic issues.
Fellows work with surgeons and non-surgeons to understand indications for surgical referral and non-operative management of orthopedic issues.


Education of the fellow occurs through both Socratic and didactic interactions at conferences and during the course of patient care. Fellow education is specifically targeted at a weekly education conference and monthly research conference, supplemented by reading of the recommended text, Lovell and Winter's Pediatric Orthopaedics, as well as current and seminal articles.
The fellow will have the following teaching responsibilities:
  • Presenting on pediatric orthopedic issues to the orthopedic residents quarterly
  • Presenting one Grand Rounds to the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Participating in medical student education in the musculoskeletal module during the second year medical school curriculum
Other medical school and community educational opportunities are available and left to the discretion of the Fellowship Directors and the participating fellow.
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