The University of Michigan Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program offers a well-rounded learning environment, providing inpatient and outpatient clinical experience, and a personalized research experience where the fellow selects their own mentor and research project. We have included information about our training program for anyone considering applying for a Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
The Rackham Arthritis Research Unit was established at the University of Michigan in 1937, one of the first research units in the United States devoted to investigation of the rheumatic diseases. We were awarded our first NIH Training Grant in 1957 and the Division of Rheumatology was established as a distinct clinical unit in 1960. We are proud of the achievements of our training program and welcome your interest.
Our educational program is designed to:
- Provide a broad working knowledge of the biological sciences.
- Provide didactic and experiential training in approaches to modern medicine and scientific inquiry.
- Allow trainees to acquire experience in medical and scientific communication.
- Provide discussion and training in all aspects of professionalism and other necessary competencies.
Rheumatology currently faces enormously exciting challenges, but also unparalleled opportunities to meet these challenges. Our major challenges are to elucidate the causes of rheumatic diseases, to definitively characterize the processes involved in pathogenesis of these diseases, to develop fully effective treatments and even cures, and to translate basic scientific and medical advances into routine clinical practice that includes not only treatment, but ultimately prevention. The opportunities to make significant progress in achieving these goals are greater than at any time in the past, due to the major and rapidly accumulating advances made in the fields of basic science and clinical investigation that are relevant to these diseases. In order to meet these challenges, it is critical we continue training outstanding clinicians, teachers, and scientists who will make their own contributions to research and clinical care, and stimulate the interest of more young physicians to enter into the practice of Rheumatology and investigation of the rheumatic diseases.
I welcome your interest in our Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program and invite you to learn more about us.
Rory M. Marks, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine