IU School of Medicine has a strong basic science faculty in microbiology and immunology, cell biology, and genetics who supplement the research interests of pediatric rheumatology faculty and provide a broad range of translational research opportunities for fellows. The most recent Pediatric Rheumatology fellowship graduate has begun a career in clinical pharmacology using cultured endothelial cell precursors to examine how immune suppressive medications affect vessel inflammation and repair.
The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship is led by Program Director Stacey Tarvin, MD, and Associate Program Director Melissa Oliver, MD.
Year one of the fellowship is predominantly clinical but allows two months for electives and research. Clinical training encompasses all subspecialty aspects of pediatric rheumatology, including arthritis in childhood; enthesitis-associated arthropathies; and psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and related autoimmune diseases; childhood sclerodermas; pediatric vasculitis; auto-inflammatory diseases; and the periodic fever syndromes as well as inflammatory muscle diseases; sarcoidosis; inflammatory brain disease; transition to adulthood for youth with chronic rheumatic disease; and the mechanical musculoskeletal pain syndromes.
Electives are available in adult rheumatology, ophthalmology, immunology, genetics, radiology, orthopedics and sports medicine among others. Fellows can design a training program that best fits his/her career plans.
Year Two and Three
During years two and three, fellows focus on research with 20 percent of their time reserved for clinical training, including a weekly ambulatory continuity clinic, inpatient consultations and urgent ambulatory consults. Fellows are expected to participate in the teaching of medical students and residents.
Additional education occurs during weekly Pediatric Rheumatology Grand Rounds on topics needed to be experts in the field. Weekly case conferences and monthly journal club meetings round out the regular educational schedule. The rheumatology team meets with pediatric musculoskeletal radiologists for a combined teaching conference each quarter and with renal pathologists several times a year to review images. Every six months, rheumatology fellows and faculty meet with regional colleagues for a half-day of medical education activities (PENTA). Fellows are expected to attend the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology with the goal of presenting each fellow’s research as a poster or podium presentation in years two and three of the fellowship.
Trainees who wish to enhance their research training can simultaneously earn a Master’s degree in clinical or translational research. They may also choose to extend fellowship by a year to obtain additional training in adult rheumatology (two years each of internal medicine and pediatrics) or to gain further research training.