Spine Surgery Fellowship

The Spine Surgery Fellowship Program in the Department of Neurosurgery at Froedtert & The Medical College is a one-year integrated clinical and research program for individuals who have completed residency and are contemplating careers in academic medicine. A second year emphasizing research is available.

Clinical Opportunities

A large and varied surgical experience includes spine trauma, tumors, and degenerative diseases, including all types of surgical fixation. The Neurosurgery Department is staffed by one of the most experienced surgical teams in the Midwest, offering surgical specialization in spine surgery. During the program, fellows assume increasing responsibility for operative performance, including teaching of residents in neurological surgery. In 2016, the Department of Neurosurgery fellows assisted in over 200 spine surgery cases.

Outpatient and Inpatient Facilities

Marjorie C. Wang, MD, MPH
Program Director

Research Opportunities

Fellows participate in both basic and clinical research, and have the opportunity to design limited studies or participate in ongoing efforts. The latter currently include investigation regarding the effects of spinal fixation, models of spondylolisthesis, spine material properties, finite element analysis of the spine, pathophysiology of spinal and spinal cord injury and its modification.

Our facility includes one of the largest crash test facilities in the world. Retrospective clinical reviews of various problems can be performed, as well as limited prospective studies. Presenting research at a national forum as well as producing at least two articles for publication are necessary to enhance this educational opportunity. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Application Review & Interview Information

Our program begins to review applications in September and issues invitations to applicants we would like to interview. There are three to four interview dates over the course of the winter.  The interview day includes a morning interview session, followed by lunch, and a tour of the facilities. Applicants are also invited to attend a dinner with our residents the evening before they interview.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

The residency program is open to international medical graduates. Fluent conversational and written English is required. Prior US experience in the form of clinical training or an advanced degree from a US institution is desirable but not required, and is considered in the context of the rest of the application. Observerships and externships are not relevant. Preference may be granted to applicants that are not more than 5 years from medical school. A clinical skills assessment may also be required.

The Medical College of Wisconsin may sponsor H-1B visas for residents (additional Visa information).

Additional Information

Have a question?

If you have additional questions, please contact the Sandi Wisniewski at (414) 805-5416..