About the Program
The rheumatology fellowship program was established in 1966 by Evelyn Hess, MD. Although the program has been extensively redesigned from its original format, our mission to produce outstanding academic physician/scientists and clinician educators has remained intact. We put a strong emphasis on tertiary hospital-based and ambulatory rheumatologic care as well as the development of educator skills. Fellows interested in pursuing a research oriented track have several opportunities to do so within the Department of Medicine. We do participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) with two fellowship positions per academic year. We do not take applicants outside the match.
Our fellows are trained in all aspects of rheumatology. The first year of fellowship is a predominantly clinical experience with the opportunity to work at three local hospitals: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine University Hospital (UCCOM) - the largest tertiary referral center in the tristate region, the Cincinnati Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and The Christ Hospital of Cincinnati, Ohio (TCH) – a large, nationally ranked community hospital located approximately 2.5 miles from the main medical campus. During the first year of fellowship, fellows do four inpatient consultation months, three –four ambulatory months in several of the faculty’s private clinics, and four monthly electives – one each in pediatric rheumatology, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation and dermatology (see below for more details). The Program Director works closely with each fellow during the second half of the first year of fellowship to design a second year that will meet the unique individual needs of every fellow. This can include a predominantly ambulatory experience in various clinical venues, participation in the USSONAR musculoskeletal ultrasound course, or assignment to a research mentor to develop a clinical/basic science career. Fellows interested in an academic/research track have the option to complete a third year of fellowship by participating in the Masters of Science in Clinical and Transitional Research (MPH) program in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Health. Alternatively, a ten-hour Clinical Research Certificate or application and acceptance to one of the Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Scholarly Training for Academic Research (IMSTAR) fellowship programs can be pursued during the second year of training. Please see the following links for more information on these individual programs.
Participation in quality improvement (QI) projects and the completion of a scholarly project is requirement for all fellows, clinical and research. Many of or fellows have presented posters and abstracts at regional and national scientific meetings. Current and past QI projects have included: Immunization Rates in RA patient on DMARD/biologic therapy and Influencing Cardiovascular Risk Factors in an RA population.
The program is designed to expose the fellows to didactic sessions each week in the form of lectures, review sessions, journal clubs, research seminars, case management presentations, Grand Rounds presentations, and radiology conferences.
Additional fellow responsibilities are coordination of the consultation services, managing the journal club, radiology and case management conferences, and actively teaching residents and medical students.
We have eleven full-time faculty members and one volunteer faculty member.