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Rheumatology

Fellowship Program

The primary mission of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin is to provide clinical and research training to fellows who wish to study in an interdisciplinary environment and desire to achieve intellectually stimulating careers as productive rheumatologists.

The program, two years in length, provides an opportunity for in-depth study and research of rheumatic diseases. The experience will result in trained physicians who ultimately can be academic or private practice rheumatologists with knowledge to practice, teach, and perform research.

Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment

Program Details

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Application Information

Applications

The Rheumatology Fellowship Program uses the ERAS System and will participate in the National Resident Matching Program for spots available in 2015.

Stipends, Benefits, Visa Requirements, and Housestaff Life

For more information regarding stipends, benefits, visa requirements, and housestaff life please see our Graduate Medical Education page.

Visa sponsorship that will be accepted:

  • J-1 visa candidates (visa has to be sponsored by the ECFMG)
Clinical Experience

The patient population consists of 45% adults over 65 years of age and 55% 18-64 years of age. Patients are seen at two separate venues:

  • Froedtert Hospital (FH), a large academic medical center
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, an affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin

The fellows are exposed to inpatients and outpatients of diverse backgrounds and disease processes. Rheumatology fellows have weekly continuity clinics at both FH and the VA Medical Center. They rotate on inpatient consultative service at both locations six months (three months at each site) in both years of their training. There is also a required rotation at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin where fellows work with prominent pediatric rheumatologists.

Procedures
The Rheumatology Fellowship Program teaches fellows clinical procedures associated with specific diseases. A major focus is the multitude of diagnostic laboratory testing procedures utilizing our dedicated rheumatology lab for evaluation of various rheumatic diseases. Diagnostic testing and procedures include but are not limited to: arthrocentesis and therapeutic injection, synovial fluid analysis, interpretation of results of specific rheumatologic laboratory tests, and assessment of radiographs of normal and diseases of joints. In addition, there are monthly musculoskeletal ultrasound workshops teaching the basics of ultrasonography over the course of the two year fellowship. The fellows participate in a weekly injection clinic which allows further practice of learned ultrasound techniques.

Conferences
As part of the fellowship program, conferences are held weekly, monthly, and quarterly. Weekly conferences include fellows’ curriculum series, journal clubs, case conferences, radiology conferences, and research conferences. There are rheumatology board review discussions monthly. On a quarterly basis, there are M & M, combined ortho-rheum, and adult-peds rheum conferences.

Research
The fellows learn the necessary research techniques involved in the successful completion of their basic and clinical research projects. Each fellow is expected to complete a research project based on the fellow’s and mentor’s interest resulting in an abstract, a presentation and/or a publication. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a formal research methodology course.

Faculty Members

Extensive one-on-one faculty/fellow interaction occurs daily through outpatient and inpatient experiences. Faculty is also available for discussions to clarify issues. Fellows have a continuity clinic at both locations (FH and VA) where they have close faculty supervision. Fellow involvement in a specific patient's care evolves as the fellow's knowledge and ability increases.

Faculty members involved in the training program include:

Dr. Ann K. Rosenthal, Chief of Rheumatology, participates in clinical and research fellow training including but not limited to pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease, gout, pseudogout and other rheumatologic diseases. She has NIH and VA funding to support her research. Dr. Rosenthal is a fellows’ preceptor in outpatient clinic and inpatient rotation at the VA hospital.

Dr. Irina Konon, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Fellowship Program Director, has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis and early inflammatory arthritis. She plays active role in curriculum and education as well as fellows’ evaluations. Dr. Konon attends on the inpatient consultative service at FH.

Dr. M.E. Csuka, Professor of Medicine, has a special expertise in scleroderma and osteoporosis. Fellows have the opportunity to rotate in her subspecialty clinics. Dr. Csuka has many ongoing clinical projects and trials. She includes fellows in many of her projects.

Dr. Neal R. Nygard, Assistant Professor of Medicine, spends the majority of his time at the VA. He interacts with fellows in the clinic and on the consultative service there. Dr. Nygard shares with the fellows his extensive expertise in immunology.

Dr. Richard Hariman, Assistant Professor of Medicine, is a winner of the “teacher of the year” award presented by the internal medicine residents. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and osteoporosis. Dr. Hariman is active in curriculum development for residents and students and acts as an attending in outpatient rheumatology fellows’ clinic and inpatient consults.

Dr. David J. Gazeley, Assistant Professor of Medicine, is a recent addition to the faculty. He has a special interest in retroperitoneal fibrosis. Dr. Gazeley participates in weekly teaching conferences and attends on the inpatient rheumatology consult service.

Dr. Viktoriya Sabchyshyn, Assistant Professor of Medicine, specializes in general rheumatology, autoimmune diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Contact Us

Fellowship Coordinator Information
Julie Alexander, Rheumatology Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Medicine – Educational Programs
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-0516
jualexander@mcw.edu