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Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship

Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship

The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program is dedicated to the training of future pediatricians and pediatric rheumatologists in recognizing and treating childhood rheumatologic disorders.


We accept applications through ERAS. Learn more about the ERAS process.


Penn State Pediatric Rheumatology offers an ACGME accredited three-year fellowship in the principles and practice of pediatric rheumatology. Our mission is to educate fellows in the recognition and treatment of all pediatric rheumatologic conditions, to give fellows the tools necessary to participate in research dedicated to improving the lives of children with autoimmune diseases, and to prepare fellows for a successful career in academic medicine.

The program provide exposure to a wide array of rheumatologic conditions, with almost 5,000 outpatient visits per year. Our division consists of five pediatric rheumatologists, with all members actively involved in research and education.


Penn State Children's Hospital provides a state-of-the-art facility to enable our faculty of over 150 pediatric providers to deliver optimal care to the sickest children in our region. The hospital has a dedicated pediatric procedure room for arthrocenteses under sedation and a pediatric infusion center for our patients receiving intravenous medications. Ultramodern PICU, PIMCU and floor beds enable our nationally recognized physicians and teams to provide optimal care to our patients.

Patients are generally seen in the outpatient setting in the Penn State Bone and Joint outpatient facility on campus. The Bone and Joint Center provides the opportunity for multidisciplinary care to take place at one location for children with rheumatologic conditions. Services include, but not limited to:

Contact us

If you have questions, please contact Anita Smith, pediatric fellowship program coordinator, at 717-531-5458, or

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  • Lisabeth Scalzi, MD, Division Head, Associate Program Director
  • April Catherine Bingham, MD
  • Natalya Gaffney, MD
  • Brandt Groh, MD, Fellowship Program Director
  • Barbara Ostrov, MD
  • Roseann Ayala, BS, RN
  • Lisa Robbins, BS RN
  • Vicki Bice, CRNP
  • Erica Fox, LPN
  • Kyle Hoyer, LPN
  • Anita Smith, C-TAGME, Fellowship Program Coordinator

The first year of the fellowship is primarily clinically based. You’ll rotate with pediatric rheumatologists as well as have your own continuity clinic. One month of the first year will be spent rotating through adult rheumatology, including outpatient clinics and inpatient consultations.

As part of the multidisciplinary clinical experience, you’ll also participate in rotations including:

  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Autoimmune dermatology clinic
  • OT/PT clinic
  • EMG/nerve conduction labs
  • Sports medicine
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Pediatric orthopaedics

You’ll develop your research project and identify a research mentor during your first year in preparation for the second and third years of fellowship, which are primarily dedicated to research endeavors. Your continuity clinic will continue through years two and three.

As required by the American Board of Pediatrics, you’ll complete a research project and prepare it by the completion of your fellowship under the guidance of the scholarship oversight committee.

In addition to a multidisciplinary clinical experience, you’ll have a wide variety of conferences to learn from. These include, but are not limited to, journal clubs, morbidity and mortality, renal pathology conference, Cassidy Pediatric Rheumatology conference, topics conference, musculoskeletal radiology conference, ACGME conference topics, and Combined Med-Peds Grand Rounds conferences.
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