Non-Operative Pediatric Fellowship

Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences within the fellowship occur primarily in partnership with the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH), Research Park Spine and Sports Medicine Clinics, and Middleton Rehabilitation Clinic. As part of our local and regional commitment to serving the children of Wisconsin, fellows will also gain exposure to clinics within other health systems in Madison and across the state.

AFCH is a 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

Fellows participate in patient care in a variety of outpatient settings. Clinical responsibilities primarily focus on pediatric orthopedics, but also include sports medicine, spine medicine, rheumatology, and rehabilitation. They also gain experience in fracture reduction in the emergency room and inpatient consultations regarding pediatric orthopedic issues.

Fellows work with surgeons and non-surgeons alike to understand indications for surgical referral and non-operative management of orthopedic issues.


Education occurs through didactic interactions at conferences and during the course of patient care. Fellow education is specifically targeted at weekly education conferences and monthly research conferences.

Fellows 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

Other medical school and community educational opportunities are available and left to the discretion of the Fellowship Directors and participating fellows.

Fellows participate in weekly Orthopedic Grand Rounds, attend the monthly Pediatric Indications conference, and meet with the pediatrics team weekly to discuss interesting and upcoming cases. Fellows are asked to give one Orthopedic Grand Rounds talk towards the end of the fellowship year.