Testimonials and Thoughts from Fellows and Alums

"The training I received during the WH fellowship was directly responsible for my success in grant writing, manuscript development and the care of women in VA."

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD

Associate Chief of Staff for Research,

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease,

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

The fellowship set my career on the right path. I highly recommend the fellowship to anyone who has a passion for Women’s Health, and who desires to make a difference through research, education, AND clinical care.”

Carla L. Spagnoletti, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine,

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

“It was extremely valuable to have access to some of the VA leaders in women's health care, integrated care for depression, implementation science and race/gender disparities in care outcomes and utilization.”

Teri D. Davis, PhD,

Faculty, Pepperdine University and California State University,

Adjunct Researcher, University of California - Los Angeles and VA-Greater Los Angeles

"The VA Older Women's Health Fellowship provided me with the protected time, training and astute mentorship that I needed to successfully compete for an NIH Career Development Award. Furthermore, the collegiality of the program ensured a ready-network of other faculty and trainees who have become life-mentors, colleagues and friends."

Amy J Haavisto Kind, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital - Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) Madison, WI

"I enjoyed the mix of activities in which I participated as a fellow. For example, on any work day, I may have given a one hour lecture to medical students and residents about abnormal uterine bleeding, supervised residents providing primary care to women Veterans, gone to one of my Master’s classes, and spent a few hours working on my medical education projects. I also felt fortunate to have so many excellent faculty mentors available to me in the fellowship for both project and career oversight. Finally, I enjoyed caring for women Veterans. They have served our country, and it feels good to give back to them. Additionally, many of them have a higher burden of disease than corresponding civilian women their age, so there are many opportunities to improve their health."

Anna K. Donovan, MD, MS,

Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine,

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

"The Women's Health fellowship was a tremendous opportunity that came during an important transition in my career from a clinician to a clinician-investigator. The fellowship gave me a chance to take classes and attend seminars to learn more about clinical research methodology, but even more so it gave me an opportunity to network with leaders in women's health across campus and pushed me to think more broadly about factors that affect the health of women. In addition, the clinical skills I developed working with older women Veterans during my fellowship were extremely valuable. I have been so glad to see so many others benefit from this fellowship as well."

Cynthia M. Carlsson, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Division of Geriatrics

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital - Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) Madison, WI

“I was provided the mentorship and supported research time needed to develop an independent research project and progress as a clinician scientist.”

Jeniel Nett, MD, PhD,

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease,

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

"The Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health has truly been an impactful two years. I have been given the opportunity to further my studies in preparation for a career in research, have begun work on an exciting research project with tangible clinical implications, and have met and collaborated with many inspiring individuals along the way. My clinical work with women Veterans has enhanced my knowledge base, and it has been a blessing to get to know this special group of individuals. As I prepare to leave the fellowship, I am excited for the next stage in my career. I have accepted a position as a Primary Care Research Fellow on a training grant, and plan to continue my work with women Veterans and smoking cessation. I anticipate applying for an Early Career Award to become an independent investigator in the near future. Without the Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health, I wouldn’t have the skills or knowledge about how to begin a research career. Most importantly, however, I wouldn’t have the friendships and mentors that I consider so valuable today. For that, I am most grateful."

Kristin Berg, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor,

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI