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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.

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

Overview

Our Pediatric Rheumatology program is a three-year training program accredited by the ACGME that offers an ideal balance between clinical training and education and research activities. Fellows experience a supportive learning environment and individualized mentorship that helps them achieve their career goals as clinicians, educators and researchers.

Fellows provide clinical care at Penn State Children’s Hospital, a quaternary care academic center serving 1 million children, and outpatient clinics serving diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic populations. Our trainees also develop skills through active involvement in quality improvement, teaching and advocacy. Fellows take personal ownership of their patients and work within inter-professional teams to provide care through evidence-based medicine.

The Pediatric Rheumatology curriculum provides an appropriate balance between training and elective opportunities in relevant fields, including a strong collaboration with the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Fellows and faculty engage with the pediatric rheumatology community by attending regional and national meetings on the specialty and doing volunteer work and advocacy. Fellows play a critical role in shaping and continually enhancing our program.

Facilities

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 asmith43@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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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
  • 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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