Research Fellowship







The University of Wisconsin Means Excellence in Research

The fellow will 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 27th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings (2021) out of the top 2,000 global universities measured. UW is a research powerhouse with annual expenditures exceeding $1.38 billion, a figure that puts us inside the top 10 in the nation among universities for volume of research.

With active programs in basic, clinical and public health science, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health similarly has a tradition of pioneering research, receiving nearly $524 million in research funding in 2020-21. It has also consistently ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s best medical schools for primary care and research. Grants obtained by SMPH faculty constituted 41% of total grants to UW–Madison during FY21.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is also a competitive leading research institution within our specialty. The fellow will work directly with highly recognized and awarded researchers nationwide in emergency medicine.

Robust 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.

Collaborative programs across an extensive academic campus

Based at one of the top public universities in the U.S., 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. And the Department often 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 (supporting the UW schools of medicine and public health, nursing, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine and the college of engineering), its 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 Hospitals, which includes both University Hospital on the UW–Madison campus and East Madison Hospital, has been ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin for 11 years in a row by U.S. News and World Report. 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.

Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH

Department Chair
Care Research Core Co-Lead at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Associate Director for Faculty Development, UW Center for Health Disparities Research
Chair, Wisconsin Partnership Program Oversight and Advisory Committee

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.

How to Apply

Email iconEmail 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.