Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Welcome to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Division of Rheumatology Fellowship Program.
Our fellows are trained as investigative diagnosticians, cutting-edge researchers and compassionate clinicians. Our fellowship graduates are highly sought after, and they continuously maintain successful careers in research, patient care, industry and clinical practice settings. We take a great deal of pride in teaching and training leaders in rheumatology. Division members, who have diverse, collective backgrounds, are themselves noted rheumatologists and published researchers. They are experienced trainers and esteemed mentors. Urban and suburban clinical training opportunities plus participation in division agenda-planning – via faculty meetings and continuous faculty interaction – offer fellows a well-rounded, unmatched opportunity in rheumatology education.
Over the past four decades more than 56 highly qualified rheumatologists graduated and were certified in Internal Medicine and the subspecialty of Rheumatology, and most are now involved in academic practice or clinical research across the country. The division’s post-doctoral fellowship program, through the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is nationally recognized and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Fellows are trained as investigative diagnosticians, cutting-edge researchers and compassionate clinicians. Over 90 percent of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program are currently full-time faculty members at CWRU/UHCMC/UHHS or the VA.
- The Division of Rheumatology offers a broad and diverse range of clinical, educational and research opportunities, which encompass common rheumatic disorders and systemic connective tissue diseases.
- The division has active collaborations with clinical and laboratory investigators within the Department of Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Human Genetics, Neurosciences, Pathology and Orthopedics in the School of Medicine; the Department of Biology and Skeletal Research Center on the Case Western Reserve University undergraduate campus and the Program in Health Services Research.
- The division receives research funding from both private and government sources, including numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration, and the national and local Arthritis Foundation as well as a National Institute of Health Musculoskeletal Diseases Training grant. Thus, the division provides a stimulating environment in which fellows can develop the necessary clinical and research skills required of rheumatologists in an academic setting.
The overall goal of the Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program is to provide a strong clinical and basic science foundation for academic rheumatologists. A strong emphasis is placed on obtaining a broad clinical experience from a spectrum of rheumatologic diseases, longitudinal patient care and primary decision-making responsibilities with faculty support. The two to three-year fellowship program provides an opportunity to develop skills in both clinical and research in rheumatology.
The fellowship consists of three tracks:
- Biomedical track – this track usually consists of a one to two year clinical experience with at least one year of clinical or laboratory-based research for a total of three years. This track is generally supported through the NIH training grant.
- Clinical Investigator track – in addition to the one to two year clinical experience, this track focuses on health services research/epidemiology or clinical trials research for a total of three years. Fellows are eligible to join the Clinical Scholars program, which provides didactic lectures in epidemiology, biostatistics and health services research.
- Clinician/Educator track – consists of two-year clinical experience.