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Rheumatology Fellowship at NSLIJ

Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program. The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Program [Rheumatology] currently offers one position each year to board eligible internists who have completed three years of training in Internal Medicine in an accredited US or Canadian training program. The two-year subspecialty program provides supervised training at a level that allows the fellow to acquire the expertise and competency of a specialist in rheumatology, according to the requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. We offer a closely mentored experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic diseases in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. Fellows are required to participate in scholarly activities involving teaching and basic and clinical research. A postgraduate PhD or MPH program can be linked with the fellowship program for those fellows interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine.

Program Description

The rheumatology fellowship program provides comprehensive training in clinical and investigative rheumatology and related basic science to prepare rheumatologists for careers in clinical practice and/or investigative rheumatology. The fellowship program is fully integrated into the activities of the Division of Rheumatology at Hofstra North Shore -LIJ School of Medicine and the Centers for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases and Genetics at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. It includes at least 12 months of clinical training and 9-12 months of a focused research experience. The clinical training occurs in two tertiary care institutions, Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ) and North Shore University Hospital (NSUH). The nearly 1,800 in-patient beds and the two active emergency departments in our hospitals provide the trainee with exposure to large numbers of acutely ill patients. Fellows also participate in continuity care clinic experiences in both institutions as well as in the faculty outpatient practices for a total of two-three half-days per week throughout the length of the training period. The program includes training in the performance of joint aspirates and joint and soft tissue injections, the infusion of biologic agents, the performance and interpretation of joint ultrasound, and participation in clinical trials. The presence of accredited subspecialty programs in other disciplines on campus fosters peer interactions that create an outstanding learning environment for rheumatology fellows. Elective rotations in pediatric rheumatology, rehabilitation medicine, sports medicine, orthopedics, skeletal radiology, neurology, metabolic bone and nuclear medicine enable the trainee to develop skills in allied areas. There is a weekly conference schedule which includes clinical, core and multidisciplinary conferences, case presentations, radiology, journal clubs and a roster of invited speakers. Opportunities for teaching residents and medical students and for continuing medical education at regional and national conferences and workshops are plentiful.

In their second year, fellows choose an area of clinical or basic science research and pursue it actively under the guidance of a faculty member. The Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases Center and the Boas Center for Genetics at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research provide opportunities to participate in investigator-initiated clinical trials and in basic and translational research and to take rigorous courses in investigative medicine and in statistics. A three year post-MD PhD training program at the Feinstein Institute is available through the Elmezzi program. A two year MPH program is available through Hofstra University.

For additional fellowship program information please contact :

Jiselle MacDonald, Fellowship Liaison
Email: jmacdonald@nshs.edu  

Rheumatology Links

American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis Foundation
Alliance for Lupus Research
Lupus Research Institute
ERAS (for Residency Applicants)
Scleroderma Foundation
Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation
National Osteoporosis Foundation
WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool

Feinstein Institute Links

Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases
Robert S. Boas Center for Genomics and Human Genetics
Institute Clinical Research Infrastructure
Elmezzi Postgraduate PhD Program

Feinstein Institute Basic Science Faculty Links

Diamond Lab
Davidson Lab
Program for Autoimmune Diseases and Clinical Research (Drs Mackay and Aranow)
Gulko Lab
Gregersen Lab
Other Feinstein Institute Laboratories

Clinical Rheumatology Faculty links

Program for Autoimmune Diseases and Clinical Research (Drs Mackay and Aranow)

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