The research component of our fellowship can take many forms. The fellow is encouraged to find his or her own project to develop with the mentorship of the faculty in or outside the division. Opportunities are available to complete coursework for a masters’ degree in public health or in clinical research. A fellow may pursue research through the fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology, as well.
The existing research in the division of Rheumatology includes a number of collaborative multi-center trials sponsored by pharma to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a therapeutic agent in children with rheumatic disease, and observational trials through the Pediatric Research Collaborative Study Group (PRCSG) and the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA). The fellow will have the opportunity to become a certified joint assessor during the fellowship. Clinical studies in our division include a new approach to multidisciplinary care of children with complex pain syndromes, depression and psychological resilience in children with rheumatic disease, readiness for transition to adult care and development of a new model to provide transition care, and several translational studies in childhood lupus erythematosus. Other research opportunities around the university are available as well.