The Rheumatology Fellowship offered at the Augusta University is a two-year fellowship that emphasizes a scholarly, clinical experience with the opportunity to pursue basic science or clinical research. The fellowship is fully accredited through the ACGME and has trained future rheumatologists for over 45 years. Upon successful completion of the program, individuals will be eligible for board certification through the ABIM. Over the last 10 years, our fellows have had a 100% pass rate in the subspecialty board on rheumatology and have enjoyed their top picks for career options both in academia and in private practice. Currently, two fellows are enrolled, one per year.
Fellows are exposed to a range of the most common to the most complex rheumatologic diseases in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. This includes inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome, vasculitis, and myositis. Clinics and inpatient consults are completed at Augusta University and at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The first year of the fellowship is spent mainly in the clinical setting with responsibilities divided among outpatient clinical services and inpatient consults. This includes two continuity clinics. Fellows are introduced to MSK ultrasound and are able to participate in more advanced MSK ultrasound conferences. In addition to continued clinical responsibilities, the second year affords an opportunity to pursue a more individually tailored study or clinical experience. Elective opportunities include attending pediatric rheumatology, sports medicine, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and private practice clinics. Fellows also participate in multi-specialty clinics, caring and treating those with either systemic lupus or uveitis.
The fellow's educational experience is the focus of the entire fellowship. The fellowship has been designed to ensure a balance of service and education with emphasis towards education.There are weekly scheduled didactic and case conference sessions, journal club, and monthly MSK radiology rounds. Our fellows attend the American College of Rheumatology annual conference and have furthered their education by participating in such programs as the Fellows Conference at University of Pennsylvania, USSONAR MSK ultrasound course, Osteoporosis Academy, and bone densitometry certification through the ISCD, among others.