Center for Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases

Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program in Pediatric Rheumatology is a three-year program designed for physicians trained in pediatrics and selected on the basis of excellence in their credentials and training programs.

Our program combines a one-year clinical experience followed by at least two years of advanced training in basic, translational or clinical research, while continuing a longitudinal patient care experience. The program is led by a broadly experienced faculty who will train physicians to be pediatric rheumatologists and leaders in pediatric rheumatology.

Fellowship goals

The key goals of the fellowship program are to:

Develop collaborative clinical care expertise

Foster independent basic science, translational and clinical investigation

Invest in the future of pediatric rheumatology

Unique information about the program

An independent Division of Rheumatology was established in 1999 within the Department of Pediatrics. In 2000, the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited the Rheumatology Fellowship Program. We have six pediatric rheumatology faculty members and two fellowship slots available each year. Our faculty are actively engaged in both basic and clinical investigation, and have a longstanding commitment to Children’s Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance's (CARRA) efforts. Additionally, CHOP Rheumatology recently joined the Pediatric Rheumatology Care & Outcomes Improvement Network (PR-COIN) Network.

Pediatric rheumatology has a strong relationship with adult rheumatology. We have shared conferences, and pediatric fellows attend adult clinics periodically. Importantly, we have a shared NIH fellowship training grant.

Fellowship training program director:

Jon (Sandy) Burnham, MD, MSCE
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Pediatric Research Center
Division of Rheumatology
3615 Civic Center Boulevard - Room #1102
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399

Specific information by years and/or rotation

First year 

Fellows become proficient in the history, physical exam, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of pediatric rheumatic diseases. Sensitivity to psychosocial aspects of chronic illness is emphasized.

First year fellows spend five months each on inpatient and outpatient services, and spend one month on elective or research rotations. Elective rotations will be set up from a variety of outpatient clinics, depending on the fellow's needs (such as sports medicine, immunology, or our multidisciplinary uveitis clinic).

The fellow will share night and weekend care with the pediatric rheumatology attending. Additionally, the fellow will prepare conferences and help teach residents and students rotating through the service.

During the first six months, the fellow considers available research training opportunities. In the second half of the first year, the fellow develops an appropriate research training plan and identifies a research mentor.

Second and third year

Clinical responsibilities during the second and third years consist of a longitudinal patient care experience in continuity clinic and one month of inpatient service.

The majority of time in the second and third years is devoted to research training — a critical component of the fellowship program. Fellows interested in basic science may enroll in courses offered through the UPENN Graduate Program in Immunology and work as a post-doctoral fellow in their mentor’s laboratory. Fellows interested in clinical research typically enroll in the two-year Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) Program at the UPENN Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). Those seeking formal training in translational research may enroll in the two-year Masters in Translational Research (MTR) Program.

General information on outcomes of fellows

The CHOP Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship is designed to allow graduates the flexibility to seek the career of their choice. Most graduates seek academic positions at tertiary care centers.

In addition to the five graduates who currently hold faculty positions at CHOP, recent graduates have positions at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Alabama at UAB, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

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