Ellis Avner, MD
Dr. Avner is a physician-scientist actively engaged in mentoring and training. In addition to being the Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Environmental Health Sciences Fellowship Program, Dr. Avner is the Founding Director of the Children's Research Institute and the Founding Associate Dean of Pediatric Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. To learn more about Dr. Avner, please click here.
Career Development Program
The Center is committed to vigorously supporting career development of its members, particularly new and mid-career investigators entering the environmental health field and clinical/community health researchers. A major objective is to bring physicians and public health scientists to a level of expertise in independent research comparable to that of a new PhD. Realization of this goal will prepare them to do nationally-competitive research.
In order to accomplish this goal, our central initiative in this area is to:
- develop a pediatric environmental health fellowship program
- undertake multi-year, individually shaped programs with Center mentors that focus on developing knowledge and research skills comparable to PhD doctoral students or postdoctoral associates
Pediatric Environmental Health Sciences Fellowship Program
This fellowship program will provide focused research-support mechanisms for junior investigators and those in mid-career to enter into the environmental health sciences field. Fellows will establish:
- solid knowledge base in relevant theoretical and empirical literature
- learn data management skills for statistical analysis
- learn statistical tools required to interpret research
- develop proficient knowledge in the design and implementation of clinical and/or translational research
To learn more about the Pediatric Environmental Health Sciences Fellowship Program, contact Fellowship Director Dr. Ellis Avner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 955-2573. Dr. Avner will set up a meeting with you following your initial contact. This meeting will focus on the possibilities of developing a mentored, "individualized" program for you given your interests and the Fellowship Program's resources. Dr. Avner may suggest an additional meeting with Professor of Epidemiology at the UWM Zilber School of Public Health, Dr. Ruth Etzel, PhD, MD, an internationally recognized pediatric environmental health specialist , who will work with Dr. Avner and the potential applicant to identify specific opportunities.
Fellowship instructors are faculty from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, the Children’s Research Institute, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Samplings of core curriculum requirements as well as available electives are as follows:
Examples of Courses available for Fellows include:
- Seminar in Public Health Research
- Social & Environmental Justice in Public Health
- Environmental Epidemiology
- Cellular/Molecular Toxicology
- Toxicogenomics & Bioinformatics
- Human Pathophysiology
- Developmental Toxicology
- Industrial Hygiene
The length of fellowship may last between two and three years and distribution of time and effort are as follows:
Two-year to three-year program:
- Year 1: Develop project, mentoring team, potential coursework while completing first year clinical subspecialty requirements
- Year 2: Clinical subspecialty training requirements 20-50%; Mentored Research and Coursework (if selected) 50-80%
- Year 3: Clinical subspecialty training requirements 20-30%; Mentored Research and Coursework (if selected) 70-80%
Fellowship application is ongoing. If you are interested in the Pediatrics Environmental Health Sciences Fellowship Program, please contact Fellowship Director, Dr. Ellis Avner at email@example.com for information about the application process and fellowship opportunities.