The fellowship in pediatric rheumatology is a three-year program with one fellow per year that prepares fellows to take a role in academic, research, and clinical pediatric rheumatology.

The first year of the fellowship consists of six months of clinical pediatric rheumatology, both inpatient and outpatient, interspersed with six months of initial research, teaching of pediatric residents and students, and participating and leading both didactic and patient management conferences.

Conferences include journal club, clinical case decision making, immunodeficiency, case of the week, and board review. Clinical and research mentors and topics are identified during this time. Recent fellows have had projects in “Biomarker Discovery in childhood Onset Lupus,” “Belimumab in Childhood Onset Lupus,” and “Efficacy and Safety of High Dose Infliximab in Children with Uveitis.” Projects can be done in other departments at Columba including immunology, microbiology, adult rheumatology, or the Mailman School of Public Health.

The second and third year consist of six further months of clinical work primarily in the third year and work in a basic science, transitional, or clinical research project under a mentor. The fellow has up to 24 months of protected research time. They continue with two half day continuity clinics. Evening telephone responsibilities and weekend call is shared amongst fellows with the appropriate supervisor attending staff. 

We presently participate in ERAS and the NRMP. Candidates who are interested in our fellowship should access the shared application. For questions, please contact Fellowship Coordinator Administrator Wanda Magriz at wm2180@cumc.columbia.edu or Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Director Dr. Amy Starr at ajs2213@cumc.columbia.edu.