Rheumatology Fellowship

About Us

The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Riley Hospital for Children has a 2-decade-long heritage of training expert pediatric rheumatologists who are now academic leaders in the field. We are committed to producing highly qualified clinicians with the academic experience to pursue research from the basic and translational sciences to clinical and epidemiologic trials to quality improvement initiatives through to health systems research. We offer an exciting, in-depth and high-quality experience for our fellows by combining excellent, multi-disciplinary education, personal mentorship, and a flexible training curriculum that allows each trainee to achieve his/her career goals as a pediatric rheumatologist.

Our comprehensive training program provides opportunities to explore all aspects of pediatric rheumatology. Each fellow will get a strong fundamental base of knowledge in the clinical practice of rheumatology for children in the 12 months of clinical service. In addition, though, in the 24 months of academic experience, each fellow will work closely with our faculty and those of related departments at IUPUI to learn techniques in basic and translational research in immunology, pharmacology or clinical trial design. Fellows may concurrently complete coursework for a Master’s degree in public health, clinical research, or health services research. The clinical training under the guidance of our excellent faculty encompasses all subspecialty aspects of pediatric rheumatology including:

  • Arthritis in childhood
  • Enthesitis associated arthropathies and psoriatic arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus and related autoimmune diseases
  • Childhood sclerodermas
  • Pediatric vasculitis
  • Autoinflammatory diseases and periodic fever syndromes
  • Inflammatory muscle diseases
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Inflammatory brain diseases
  • Transition to adulthood for youth with chronic disease
  • A broad range of mechanical musculoskeletal pain issues

Fellows have opportunities to work with colleagues from other specialty areas as well, thanks to the strong culture of collaboration at Riley. We have regularly scheduled conferences with Musculoskeletal Radiology, Renal Pathology, and our colleagues in Pulmonology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Nephrology, Hematology and Oncology, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Orthopedics participate actively in our didactic teaching program. The broad range of investigators in all these disciplines are available for collaborations for our fellows for the 24 month research period.