Research Fellowship


Our two-year research fellowship in emergency medicine is certified by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) trains physicians to become independent investigators and nationally recognized leaders in emergency medicine research, capable of conducting externally-funded clinical or health services research. Through didactic and experiential learning, combined with focused mentorship, the fellow will develop and refine the critical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to become an independent, successful researcher.

At the end of the program, fellows will have completed a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree and will be well-prepared to obtain a federal career development award.

Program Details

  • Advanced Degree: Yes
  • Accredited: SAEM
  • Length of Fellowship: 2 years
  • Number of Positions: 1-2
  • Start: July 1, 2022

Research Areas of Focus

The BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency conducts innovative clinical and translational research in emergency care and is deeply committed to fostering the successful development of junior investigators dedicated to generating new knowledge and improving the delivery and practice of patient care.

The department has a broad clinical and health services research portfolio. Faculty focus on Geriatric Emergency Medicine, Clinical Health Informatics, Prehospital Medicine, Education, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and other areas central to the science of emergency medicine.

Academic Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Complete an advanced research degree (unless already obtained)
  • Complete two research studies, including IRB application, data collection, data analysis, and publication
  • Participate significantly in the resident research curriculum, including delivering short lectures and hosting journal clubs
  • Contribute to coordination efforts for the annual Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Research Forum held for regional healthcare professionals and learners in our specialty each spring

The research fellowship at UW meets program guidelines established by SAEM in regards to milestones in curricular elements, faculty support recommendations, and career development opportunities that ensure the fellow will receive exceptional training and mentorship as junior faculty. Choosing a postgraduate research training program at UW means participating in a mentored research training program, acquiring core skills that include grant and manuscript preparation, research conduct, relationship development and collaboration, and research ethics.

The fellow will also join a storied institution internationally recognized for its vast research enterprise, collaborative culture, and myrid resources available to physician scientists:

The University of Wisconsin standard of excellence

The fellow will benefit from the depth and breadth of UW–Madison's world-class research enterprise. UW–Madison is ranked 25th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings (2021) out of the top 2,000 global universities measured. As a research powerhouse, UW also ranks 8th in national research rankings for public and private universities conducted by the National Science Foundation through its Higher Education Research and Development survey with nearly $1.3 billion in annual expenditures for research across all fields.

With active programs in basic, clinical and public health science, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health also has a tradition of pioneering research, receiving $439 million in research funding in 2019-20.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is also a recognized leader in our specialty, ranking among the top academic departments of emergency medicine for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research 2020 rankings. We consider this an exceptional achievement from being unranked in 2014. The fellow will work directly with the Vice Chair of Research, who is a nationally recognized leader in geriatric emergency medicine and among the most highly-funded EM-researchers nationwide.

Collaborative programs across an extensive academic campus

Based at one of the top public universities in the United States, the Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship is able to leverage the tremendous resources across the UW–Madison campus. The fellow will benefit from the collaborative, interdisciplinary spirit at UW, which promotes connectedness across an extensive network of exceptional research programs. The Department currently works closely with institutional partners, including the Department of Radiology, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, College of Engineering, and School of Nursing.

Emergency Medicine is also closely integrated into the NIH-funded UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Through the interdisciplinary nature of the ICTR (Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy) and the College of Engineering, the mission is to change the UW culture from “silos” to collaborations among ICTR members and within the entire university. This environment strongly supports fellows as they develop into emergency care researchers who are able to employ a variety of methodologies to answer important questions and contribute to major advancements in clinical and translational research.

Internationally recognized hospital system dedicated to remarkable patient care

At UW, fellows join a network of renowned hospitals and clinics staffed by experienced providers and professionals who are leaders in their field.

UW Health is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, caring for more than 700,000 patients each year, comprised of seven hospitals, 1,849 employed physicians at more than 140 locations and a partnership in a 365,000 member health plan. UW Health is governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and partners with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to fulfill its patient care, research, education, and community service missions. UW Health is also a recognized Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality (Healthcare Equality Index, 2020).

UW Health's flagship hospital, University Hospital, recently became one of only 25 U.S. hospitals named to Newsweek’s “Top 100 Global” list and also ranked an impressive 14th among 250 U.S. hospitals, as well as one of the top 20 most highly ranked hospitals in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings. University Hospital is also recognized for being one of 12 centers in the country that is verified as an American College of Surgeons Adult and Pediatric Level 1 trauma center that also includes an American Burn Association verified Burn Center in one location.

UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health are regional referral centers that draw a diverse population of patients from five states. The research fellow can expect to encounter patients with a wide array of clinical problems representing numerous subspecialty areas of emergency medicine.

Exceptional research study coordination resources

The Department of Emergency Medicine operates a cutting-edge ED Research study Coordination (EDRC) service that places highly-trained staff in the emergency department environment to screen, consent, and enroll patients and visitors into research studies and complete research protocols. The EDRC Program has worked on research projects funded by federal, foundation, and industry sponsors and with researchers from a wide variety of Schools, Colleges and Departments across the UW-Madison campus. Studies are not limited to emergency medicine and can have any funding source. Learn more...

Fellowship Director

Manish ShahManish N. Shah, MD, MPH
Vice Chair of Research

Dr. Shah has a deep commitment to training researchers and is increasingly dedicating his efforts to developing the next generation of independent scientists. He has personally mentored many undergraduate, graduate, and medical students; residents; fellows; and faculty. Many are now independent, grant-funded researchers who have had a profound influence within their own fields. His recently awarded NIH Mid-Career Investigator Award (K24) is allowing him to build the pipeline of geriatric emergency medicine researchers. At an institutional level, Dr. Shah is the Director of the NIH-funded KL2 Program at the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, serving to train junior faculty researchers from various disciplines.

Dr. Shah has developed an independently-funded research program dedicated to improving acute illness care for older adults, with a specific focus on developing and testing innovative models of care for acutely ill older adults. His work has been funded through NIH early-career and mid-career development awards, including R01/U01 level grants from NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and the ADRC. Dr. Shah also serves as Co-Lead of the Care Research Core at the University of Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and is the co-principal investigator on a $7.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health focused on identifying and addressing gaps in emergency care for people with dementia. Learn more about Dr. Shah's research.

Compensation & Benefits

The fellow will hold a Clinical Instructor title and will be expected to complete an average of 48 hours of clinical service per month. Comprehensive health and supplemental benefits, a competitive salary, travel funds, and education support are included.

How to Apply

Email your CV and a personal statement detailing your research interests and career aspirations to Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH at Letters of reference will be required at a later point.

Candidates must have graduated in good standing from an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency program and must be board-certified or board-eligible in emergency medicine.