Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

The Department of Pediatrics offers a Fellow Applicant Travel Scholarship Program for applicants interested in cell and molecular biology and health disparities research.

Current Fellows

  • Anjali Sura M.D.
  • Christopher Failing M.D.
  • Jacqueline Madison M.D. 

Mission and Overview

The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan is an ACGME accredited program that offers outstanding clinical and research training opportunities. The clinical component of the program provides broadly based experiences in diagnosis and treatment of a variety of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

The program is three years in duration.  A combined fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology of four year’s duration is also available to qualified applicants.

Clinical Training

The Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic of the University of Michigan Health System is the focal point of the clinical component of the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship. This outpatient clinic receives over 3000 patient visits annually, of which approximately one-fifth are new patients referred for evaluation and management. Using a team approach, nurse specialists and a medical social worker join the physicians in developing a diagnostic and therapeutic plan that will ensure rigorous disease control, preserve musculoskeletal function and maturation, and promote health psychosocial development for each child or young adult with rheumatic disease.

Coordinated care for patients with complex needs is also a high priority for our service, exemplified by the Interdisciplinary Systemic Inflammation Clinic, run collaboratively with the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, for children and young adults with renal manifestations of rheumatic disease and with primary renal disease and musculoskeletal complaints.

Although the outpatient Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic furnishes the largest volume of clinical training, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellows also gain very important experience in the inpatient environment with admissions to the Pediatric Rheumatology Inpatient Service and consultations requested by pediatric medical and surgical services totaling over 100 per year.  Fellows also gain procedural experience performing diagnostic and therapeutic arthrocentesis under the supervision of the Pediatric Rheumatology faculty.

The clinical component of the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship also includes a structured program of complementary clinical opportunities in related disciplines: Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Pediatric Radiology (including MRI, ultrasound, angiography, and nuclear imaging), Pediatric Physical medicine and Rehabilitation, and arthroscopy.

In addition, Pediatric Rheumatology fellows attend relevant conferences in the Division of Rheumatology of the Department of Internal Medicine, including regularly scheduled clinical conferences, selected Rheumatology Grand Rounds and special symposia, and monthly pathology conferences and Rheumatology Journal Club.

Research Opportunities

The Pediatric Rheumatology Training Program ensures a meaningful supervised research experience for fellows with its own faculty as well as its partnership with the Rheumatology Training Program of the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Internal Medicine.  Research mentors in the Pediatric Rheumatology Training Program include selected faculty in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Biological Chemistry, Physiology, Chemistry, Epidemiology and Geriatrics. Fellows choose a research mentor early in the first year after mentors present a summary of research activities in their laboratories, and trainees have an opportunity to explore the research opportunities in greater detail.

Subspecialty residents who wish to obtain training in clinical research most often choose faculty mentors with specific expertise in epidemiology and clinical investigation.   Trainees may also develop skills in Health Services Research by working with our faculty and through the Child Health and Evaluation Research Unit (CHEAR) within the Department of Pediatrics.

Eligibility and Selection

The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program adheres to the Graduate Medical Education policy on trainee selection. To view the policy, please click here.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the ERAS website and fellows are selected through the NRMP Fall Pediatric Subspecialty Match process.

Supervision

The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program follows the Graduate Medical Education policy on trainee supervision. To view the policy, please click here.