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 relevant to these diseases. In order to meet these challenges, it is critical we continue training outstanding future rheumatologists, who will make their own contributions to our field.
We see our primary goal is to equip every fellow with the skills needed to provide the highest possible quality of clinical care, as well as to achieve their own individual career goals. We ensure they understand this requires commitment to life-long learning and quality improvement, and that future improvements in rheumatologic care depend on their engagement in and support for research and education.
We continue to seek out applicants to train as physician-scientists, but have also greatly broadened the scope of our program to promote the career development of physicians who aspire to excellence as practicing clinicians, as educators, and in other academic pursuits.
We are a relatively large group with 52 faculty, 32 who see patients in our rheumatology clinics, and five advanced practice providers. This provides us with the critical mass to support a very wide range of patient care and academic activities and excellent training opportunities for our Fellows, whatever their career focus.
I welcome your interest in our Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program and invite you to learn more about us on our website.
Rory M. Marks, MB BS
Fellowship Program Director