Rheumatology Fellowship

Goals and Objectives

The pediatric rheumatology fellowship aims to provide broad based clinical training including continuity of care over the three years of training. Through clinical practice, didactic teaching, and clinical, translational or basic research (years 2 and 3), physicians completing the fellowship will be prepared for a career in patient care, research, and/or education. Electives are available in adult rheumatology, ophthalmology, immunology, genetics, radiology, orthopedics and sports medicine, the fellow can design the training program that best fits his or her career plans. Away rotations can be arranged if desired too.

The clinical objective of the division is to provide optimal care to children with rheumatic disease in the state of Indiana and surrounding areas. The fellow benefits from working with five pediatric rheumatologist to get a range of treatment strategies and approaches. We have different styles of clinical practice, and the fellow is able to find his/her own style from among ours. Riley Rheumatology sees all children in the state with suspected rheumatic disease, and the pathology is very broad, from mechanical musculoskeletal pains through to the rarest pediatric vasculitis or autoinflammatory diseases, the trainee will be competent in the evaluation and care of the broad spectrum of pediatric rheumatology.

Our educational objective is to provide comprehensive training in the field to develop the next generation of clinical, academic or research rheumatologists. We have weekly case management conferences to discuss interesting and/or difficult cases, reviewing the literature on the topic and discussion that is led by the fellow, involving all faculty. We have a weekly didactic conference, and first year fellows are expected to present one literature review yearly. We expect the second and third year fellows to present these reviews twice and three times a year, or more if desired. This not only gives the fellow in-depth knowledge of the topic, but also teaches how to teach, and gives them a starting repertoire of lectures for their first faculty position. Fellows participate in monthly journal clubs to stay abreast of the current literature, and to learn the approach to analyzing a research study, whether it be a clinical series or a detailed basic research report.

The research objective is that each fellow will participate in at least one research project of their own design (utilizing the expertise of the staff in the division as well as the personnel in the Wells Center. From IRB or animal use protocol creation through to statistical analysis and manuscript writing, each fellow will end the training program with at least one published or publishable manuscript of their own work. Depending on the project and the mentor chosen from the diverse expertise of the IUPUI faculty (including those in the division), some trainees may produce several manuscripts. Fellows can participate in any of a number of multicenter clinical trials, through CARRA and PRCSG as well.

This fellowship is designed to train pediatric rheumatologists for a career of excellence in clinical care, education and research. Our aim is to provide training that will equip the physician for any of the diverse career options in Pediatric Rheumatology.