Fellows are employees of UW Health—not the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health or the Department of Neurology. Therefore, whereas the department of neurology educates and supervises residents, salary and benefit schedules are maintained by UW Health.
UW Health maintains stipend levels at the 75th percentile among peer organizations nationwide. Following is the information for 2019-2020:
The University of Wisconsin-Department of Neurology also provides fellow support independent of the UWHC as follows.
Each fellow who is in good standing will have an educational fund to help offset the cost of materials required to become an epileptologist. The educational fund is structured in the following manner:
- Beginning on July 1st the fellow will be allocated $1,000 that can be spent over the training year. Unused funds will be forfeited.
- Funds may be used for:
- Medical equipment
- Travel to professional meetings as per the policy below
- Each fellow’s educational fund balance will be maintained by the program coordinator, and requests for reimbursement will be handled by the program coordinator.
- The educational fund may be frozen at any time by the program director for fellow failure to complete regularly required professional activities such as delinquent medical records, duty hour documentation, online training modules, etc.
Professional Meetings and Travel Policy
The Department of Neurology recognizes the value and need for fellows to receive educational experiences outside the institution. Moreover, the ACGME requires that all neurology fellows have to attend at least one professional meeting during the course of training. The following policies and procedures will apply to the attendance of such meetings:
- Fellows must submit a conference attendance request through the departmental intranet at least 8 weeks in advance of the conference. This is to allow sufficient time to reschedule clinics, if necessary.
- Attendance of the following specialty society meeting will be summarily approved by the fellowship coordinator:
- American Academy of Neurology
- American Neurological Association
- Society for Neuroscience
- Child Neurology Society
- American Epilepsy Society
- American Association of Neuro-Electrodiagnostic Medicine
- Requests to attend other meetings will be evaluated by the program director. These will generally be approved, provided that the meeting is educational or academic in nature (i.e., not industry-oriented).
- Documentation of attendance at the meeting will be required and will be placed in the fellow’s personnel file.
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Membership
The department requires that each fellow join the AAN upon program entry. Initial and yearly dues are paid for by the Department of Neurology. This ensures that fellows are informed about all AAN activities and provides a yearly subscription to the journal Neurology.
Cellular Phones and Pagers
Each fellow is provided a pager by the department of neurology. Cellular phones are not allocated to epilepsy fellows.
Fellow Offices and Work Space
Fellow offices are located in the UWMF Centennial Building in the Department of Neurology. A library with textbooks, desk space, telephones, and computers are provided. Fellows will also have access to the EEG reading and work room in J5/2.