Applications for a July 1, 2025 Start are Open »

Interviews will occur in August/September. Offers will be made in early October.

Please email Christina Swords with any questions.

We are partnered with the AMA Foundation to support the LGBTQ+ yearlong academic fellowship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Our program is currently seeking a Family Medicine, Medicine, Med-Peds, or Pediatrics physician to join us as the 2025-2026 University of Wisconsin LGBTQ+ Health Fellow.

Don’t miss our featured article, “Training for LGBTQ+ Care“, in the UW SMPH Alumni Magazine!


  • Applicants must hold an MD or DO degree
  • Applicants must have completed residency in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or med-peds and must be anticipating an academic or clinical career in primary care
  • Applicants may apply while completing their final year of residency
  • Applicants must be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent US resident with a resident alien permit or green card.  The fellowship is not able to sponsor J-1 or other visas
  • The UW School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself and as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion. Please review the DFMCH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage for more details.

The focus of this innovative fellowship is to integrate primary care and public health to optimize the health of LGBTQ+ and gender expansive individuals and to advance LGBTQ+ health equity. Our partnerships with UW Health, an organization that has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a Leader in Healthcare Equality, as well as with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and community organizations that support the diverse and unique needs of the LGBTQ+ and gender diverse community members will provide ample clinical education, academic scholarship, and community engagement opportunities for the fellow. This academic clinically focused fellowship is housed in our Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, a department that provides a robust supportive infrastructure for other academic and interdisciplinary fellowships.

Fellows will interact on daily basis with faculty members and other learners, including fellows, across all primary care fields. They will also regularly interact with clinicians and learners in other specialties. The fellow will benefit from close supportive interactions with a mentoring committee that includes faculty members with primary care clinical leadership and research skills, with LGBTQ+ education expertise, and with national recognition in LGBTQ+ health issues.

LGBTQ Fellowship group

AMAF Conference. Program faculty with current and past fellows

Program Logistics

The fellowship is intended to be highly individualized and flexible though with a core framework.  In general the fellowship is structured as follows:

  • Clinical care (40-60%):  Fellows will see patients at a primary care clinic in their specialty with effort made for placement in a practice that has a higher known population of LGBTQ+ patients. They will also provide care at the UW Health Gender Services Clinic and the Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Health (PATH) clinic. Additional opportunities will be available for immersive experiences in multiple specialty settings from endocrinology to surgical clinics. Inpatient care, maternity care, and call are not anticipated unless specifically applicable to fellowship goals.
  • Academic activities (30-50%):  Fellows are supported to pursue scholarship in multiple ways that can include developing research projects, writing articles, giving presentations, creating educational curriculum, doing innovative teaching, and/or producing community resources.  Funding for travel and resources is available. There may be opportunities to extend research training beyond this one year fellowship.
  • Community engagement and advocacy (10%):  Partnership with community groups is an essential element of the fellowship, as is advocacy.  Fellows are expected to participate in a community project.
  • Seminars:  A weekly seminar brings together fellows from the DFMCH hosted T32 Primary Care Research Fellowship and the department’s academic, integrative health, addiction medicine, and sports medicine fellowships.  Fellows present their works in progress at a biannual symposium that allows them to receive feedback on their projects from colleagues across UW SMPH. Multiple other relevant clinical and academic conferences are available throughout the medical center.
  • Mentoring:  Each fellow has a designated advisor who they meet with regularly.  Fellows identify their goals for the year and map out their curriculum plan together with their advisor.  They will additionally configure a mentor group for added guidance and support that includes a wider range of people with specific areas of expertise.
LGBTQ+ Health Group

2022-2023 Fellows Farwell Dinner.

Salary and Benefits

Fellows are employed by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and are paid as PGY-4 residents unless they are admitted with advanced standing due to their previous graduate medical education history. Benefits are included and there is an ample budget for CME. For more information on the benefits provided to fellows by the LGBTQ+ health fellowship, please visit the UW Human Resources website.

Application Process

The 12-month fellowship will begin July 1, 2025 unless alternate arrangements are made. The search, screen, and recruitment committee will review applications on a rolling basis as soon as all application materials are received.

Holistic applicant screening will consider evidence of:

  • Clinical excellence
  • Good standing throughout residency (and fellowship or other post-residency roles if applicable)
  • Engagement with local, regional, or national LGBTQ+ organizations
  • Academic work (e.g., presentations, publications, QI projects, education/curriculum contributions), with preference given to contributions in LGBTQ+ health or relevant health equity activities
  • Advocacy work or community service, ideally relevant to LGBTQ+ individuals or populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing health equity
  • Personal attributes and professional behaviors, including cultural responsiveness and cultural humility, as assessed by letters of recommendation and the content of the candidate statement
  • Commitment to a career serving as a champion for LGBTQ+ health in academic or community-based primary care as assessed by past accomplishments and career goals

Contact Us

Elizabeth Petty

Elizabeth Petty, MD

William Schwab

William Schwab, MD

Christina Swords

Fellowship Coordinator
Christina Swords, PhD

How to Apply

Fill out the LGBTQ+ Application Form.