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Advanced Practice Provider (NP / PA) - Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship
  • Requisition ID #: 24395
  • Job Category: Advanced Practice Providers (APP)
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Entry Level
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: Hub for Collaborative Medicine
  • Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Education: Masters Degree

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Position Description:

Advanced Practice Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

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The Medical College of Wisconsin’s postgraduate programs provide a structured clinical and professional education to foster growth of highly skilled nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) in multidisciplinary, collaborative, and evidence-based management of complex patients.

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is Wisconsin's leader in health and science. We inspire hope by discovering life-saving treatments and cures, and we train thousands of the world’s most brilliant minds in science and medicine through our academic medical center. We believe the only way to build a healthier world is to build it together, and by investing in the health and vitality of our community, we will improve health for all.



Provide a structured clinical and professional educational to foster growth of highly skilled nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) in multidisciplinary, collaborative, and evidence-based management of complex patients through clinical and didactic experiences and professional mentorship.



The Medical College Physician’s APP Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship is an innovative a one-year training program that teaches APP fellows to become highly skilled in the multidisciplinary, collaborative, and evidence-based management of Orthopaedic patients across the entire spectrum of care from the OR, Inpatient, and Outpatient settings.

An innovative 12-month curriculum composed of in-person didactics, online classrooms, and mentored clinical rotations throughout all of our subspecialty Orthopaedic programs.

Fellows will have rotations in the Inpatient/Pre-Op area, Oncology, Trauma, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Upper Extremity, Sports, Spine, Joints, Peds, General MSK, PT/OT/PM&R, and have an opportunity for electives. 




Fellowship APP Critical Care Program Director:  Monica Ryan, PA-C, MPAS

Fellowship Associate Program Director: Stephanie Ludtke, PA-C, MPAS

Orthopaedic Surgery APP Manager: Keenan Horness, PA-C, MPAS

Fellowship Medical Director/Supervising Physician:  Dr. Gregory Schmeling

Primary Supervising/Collaborative Physician: Dr. Michael Tracy Zundel

Fellowship Administrator: Michelle Behling


Office of Advanced Practice:

Fellowship Director: Sarah Vanderlinden, MPAS, PA-C

Fellowship Administrator:  Julie Raaum, DNP, APRN



Advanced Assessment: Elicits, selects, and integrates information in the care of patients with acute, critical, and/or complex chronic illnesses using physiologic technologic and pharmacologic inputs.

Differential Diagnosis: Makes and prioritizes real and potential conditions based on available data and the complexity and severity of patient condition.

Outcomes Identification: Formulates goals and outcomes using scientific evidence that are consistent with the patient’s wishes and present and potential capabilities.

Plan of Care:  Develops, prescribes, and/or modifies an outcomes-focused plan of care with an interprofessional team targeting health care that may be restorative, curative, rehabilitative, maintenance and or end-of-life for patients with complex needs.

Implementation of Treatment: Identifies, prescribes, performs or delegates therapeutic interventions.

Evaluation of Care:  Demonstrates ongoing evaluation of plan of care, recognizing patient response to therapy and change in condition, making modifications and assimilation of care team recommendations.



  • Performs comprehensive histories and physical exams, identifies normal and abnormal findings, including physical, cognitive and psychosocial status.
  • Orders and interprets laboratory and diagnostic tests.
  • Develops pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment plans.
  • Monitors effectiveness of plan of care.
  • Educates patients on disease and treatment plans.
  • Performs procedures as trained and appropriately credentialed.
  • Documents within the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and completes other necessary documents.
  • Collaborates and/or consults with physicians and other health care providers as appropriate.
  • Educates, counsels, and assists patients and families regarding current health problems, health maintenance activities and preventive behaviors.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by most people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements.  Scheduling flexibility is required to accommodate changing business needs.






January 31, 2023

September 2023


  1. Complete Human Resources Application Online
  2. Include Application Materials:
    1. CV or Resume
    2. Diploma or Transcripts (unofficial are fine) for NP/PA Education
    3. BCLS and ACLS Certifications (must be American Heart Association issued)
    4. Three letters of recommendation (at least one from your program faculty and one from a physician)
    5. Statement of Interest (one-page)

*if you are unable to attach the materials to the application please email them to

*References may also email recommendation letters to


Preferred Schedule:
Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs.

Position Requirements:


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

MCW is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace that includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that embracing human differences is critical to realize our vision of a healthier world, and we recognize that a healthy and thriving community starts from within.  We strive to integrate our human and social differences into MCW’s functioning, strategies and culture to create a diverse and equitable workplace. If you believe embracing individuality and working together makes us stronger, then MCW is the place for you. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Minimum Education

Advanced Practice Nurse:                                              Physician Assistant:

Master’s Degree or higher in Nursing                                      Bachelor’s Degree or higher in PA Studies


Minimum Requirements

Advanced Practice Nurse                                                          Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner                                         Wisconsin Physician Assistant License
Wisconsin RN License                                                               Certification by NCCPA
Wisconsin Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber License                   



Stipend and Benefits

The stipend offered for this program has been established at $60,000 along with a comprehensive full benefits package.

  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
  • 403B Retirement Package
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Continuing Medical Education
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Fertility or Adoption Assistance
  • On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes.
  • Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc. 


About MCW

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin supporting a shared mission of patient care, innovation, medical research and education. Our health network operates eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center and adult Level I Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee), an internationally recognized training and research center engaged in thousands of clinical trials and studies. The Froedtert & MCW regional health network, which includes eight hospital locations, nearly 2,000 physicians and more than 45 health centers and clinics, draws patients from throughout the Midwest and the nation. In our most recent fiscal year, outpatient visits exceeded 1.2 million, inpatient admissions to our hospitals were 52,807 and visits to our network physicians totaled 947,136.

Located along the Lake Michigan shoreline, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of America’s great cities, combining a dynamic urban community with a rich cultural heritage with access to parks, rivers, and other outdoor recreation. Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and the 23rd largest city in the United States. It is home to corporate headquarters for industry leaders including Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Controls, Manpower, Harley Davidson, and others. Milwaukee is a popular venue for sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, ethnic dining, and cultural festivals; the city is recognized for its museums, fine dining and hotels, professional sports, gardens and parks, and Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens. The population of the City of Milwaukee is approximately 600,000 and approximately 1.8 million people live in the greater Milwaukee area.



MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.