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Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Overview

The Rheumatology Fellowship at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine provides an outstanding opportunity for training in both clinical and research aspects of rheumatic diseases. The fellowship program is flexible in being offered as a two or three year program to prepare physicians for positions in academic medical centers or clinical practice.

Clinical Opportunities

During the first year of fellowship, trainees are exposed to all aspects of clinical rheumatology including diagnosis and routine care of patients with autoimmune and other musculoskeletal diseases in the clinic, and diagnosis and care of patients in the hospital including those with critical illnesses.

The 1st year includes:

  • Three or four outpatient clinics per week, in which the fellow has her own slate of patients
  • Inpatient consultation service
  • Several Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic sessions (spread over the 1st and 2nd years)
  • Sessions in the Orthopedic, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurology clinics
  • Instruction of residents and medical students
  • Initial introduction to research, identification of research mentors, and identification of a suitable research project

Throughout the second year of the fellowship, trainees continue to develop competence in the clinical skills of rheumatology. They have one or two rheumatology clinics per week and spend a few months on the inpatient consultation service.  They are responsible for helping plan and schedule rheumatology grand rounds speakers.

In the optional third year, our fellows focus on research but typically continue to have at least one rheumatology clinic per week so that they can continue to build their clinical skills.

Research Opportunities

During the second year of fellowship, trainees are expected to spend 60-80% of their time in mentored research. Fellows will obtain rigorous research training with guidance from a research mentor.  The fellow will be able to leverage ongoing research in the division, as well as resources in the Tufts Clinical and Translational Research Institute in order to bring their project to completion.

The optional third year provides intensive academic and research training for fellows who are planning a career in academic rheumatology. During this year, 80-90% of the time is spent in research.  Fellows may be eligible to obtain additional support through a number of grant and award programs offered by the Tufts Clinical and Translational Research Institute and the Sackler School of Graduate Sciences.  Interested candidates can earn masters or doctoral degrees.

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Conferences + Lectures

  • Weekly rheumatology grand rounds, clinical case conference, and radiology rounds
  • Monthly journal club
  • Monthly intercity rheumatology rounds with other programs in the Boston area
  • Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Regional and national scientific meetings
    • American College of Rheumatology State of the Art Conference in Chicago, IL – first year
    • Harvard or NYU Update in Rheumatology course – second year
    • American College of Rheumatology National Meeting – second and third years
  • Required/recommended seminars, as decided in collaboration with the research mentor, that best suit the fellow's area of study.

How to Apply

Fellowships are offered to applicants who have completed three years of post-graduate training in Internal Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and particularly welcomes applications from minority group candidates.

Our Rheumatology Fellowship Program participates in ERAS and the Match. Please go to their website to apply, www.aamc.org/eras.  Interviews for the fellowship program are by invitation and occur in the mid-late summer and early fall.