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The Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at The Ohio State University Medical Center offers a diverse training program in clinical and academic rheumatology, with a focus on basic science and clinical research experience. Fellows, residents and medical students play an active role in the division's educational offerings.

Program Description

The Rheumatology Fellowship is a two-year training program with the option of a third year for additional research experience. Fellows participate in two years of longitudinal clinical experience at the Davis Medical Research Center and two years of inpatient consultative experience at The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Comprehensive clinical practice in rheumatology offers fellows ample opportunities to become proficient in the procedures of tendon sheath and bursae aspiration and injection, musculoskeletal ultrasound and arthrocentesis and joint injection. Fellows receive adequate training experience to function as a consultant in clinical, research and academic rheumatology. At the completion of the training program fellows will be board eligible in the subspecialty of rheumatology.

Curriculum Summary

The core curriculum combines didactic teaching, basic and clinical research projects and supervised patient care in the outpatient clinic and on the consultative inpatient service.

Fellows see patients with a diverse spectrum of clinical disorders, from osteoporosis, vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus and immunodeficiency to bursitis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. The rheumatology fellows also attend ambulatory clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for experience in pediatric rheumatology. Elective rotations include orthopedics, musculoskeletal radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy and private practice rheumatology.

Weekly didactic conferences include divisional case presentation conferences, journal club, immunology research conferences and interdepartmental conferences such as musculoskeletal radiology conference. All fellows are required to take a course in biomedical statistics, experimental design, biomedical ethics and risk management.

The rheumatology training program is located at The Ohio State University Medical Center, which includes the 923-bed, the 172-bed Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Ohio State University East, Harding Hospital, the 72-bed Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Hospital, the Davis Medical Research Center and Stoneridge Internal Medicine Clinic. Pediatric rheumatology training is provided at Nationwide Children's Hospital, a 313-bed pediatric hospitals located three miles from OSU. Approximately 1,500 clinic visits are conducted each year at the Davis Medical Research Center.

Research Opportunities are offered in both clinical and basic science settings. Active graduate and postdoctoral programs complement the rheumatology training research experience. Faculty members supervise these basic science laboratories and the clinical pharmaceutical studies in the outpatient clinic.

Master of Medical Science Program (MMSP) Option

Research education and training for physicians is vital to translating basic science discoveries to clinical application. The Ohio State University Master of Medical Science Program (MMSP) offers physicians in clinical training at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (residents and fellows) an opportunity to pursue advanced degree training in basic, translation and clinical biomedical science.

Ohio State's MMSP program facilitates productive research collaborations between basic scientists and clinical scientists. Degree requirements include mentored research concurrent with didactic instruction in core areas (e.g. research design, research ethics, biostatistics, and science communication) and electives relative to the trainee's research project.

For more information, please visit the MMSP website.