The ACGME accredited Rheumatology Fellowship Program has provided intensive clinical training and research opportunities for physicians who are board-certified or board-eligible in internal medicine, since 1976. Fellows acquire the necessary skills to deliver expert medical care to patients with rheumatic diseases and gain experience in continuous quality improvement. If desired, opportunities exist for participation and training in clinical research.
The program accepts candidates with J-1 visa status. Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2022 application season.
Under the direction of Steven Hugenberg, MD, the program consists of two years of training of which 18–21 months are devoted to clinical training and three to six months to scholarly activities such as quality improvement or research. The clinical experience is broad and includes extensive training in the diagnosis and management of patients with systemic inflammatory connective tissue disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, spondyloarthritis, progressive systemic sclerosis and gout. In addition, training includes experience in providing consultative care to patients with other musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and fibromyalgia. Pediatric rheumatology experience is also part of the Fellowship training program.
Rheumatology grand rounds, core curriculum conference, a radiology correlation conference, journal club, and difficult case conference complement patient care activities.
Fellows are provided funds to attend a local or national rheumatology meeting annually and to purchase other educational materials.