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Division of Rheumatology Education Rheumatology Fellowship

Rheumatology Fellowship

As one of the premier rheumatology divisions in the nation, faculty in NYU Langone’s Division of Rheumatology strive to maintain the highest standards in fellowship training.

Our two-year Rheumatology Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Fellows receive comprehensive training in clinical rheumatology and rheumatology research, as well as broad clinical exposure to rheumatic and related diseases. Our goal is to ensure that upon graduating from our program, you are highly competent in all aspects of rheumatologic care and well prepared to practice independently.

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Graduates of our fellowship program have gone on to fill leadership positions in rheumatology at academic institutions nationwide. These have included rheumatology division directorships and rheumatology fellowship program directorships.

Our fellows have received the American College of Rheumatology’s Distinguished Fellow Award on at least 12 occasions, including 8 in the past decade, among the highest rates of any rheumatology training program in the nation.

Meet our current and past fellows.

Fellowship Curriculum

Our training program engages you in several key educational components.

In your first year, you focus on learning clinical rheumatology through hospital rotations and training at outpatient clinics. You have the opportunity to train at a variety of sites and address the needs of a diverse patient population. You also begin to identify your research interests and engage in scholarly activity through our didactic curriculum.

In your second year, you continue with outpatient duties and some inpatient duties. Clinical time is reduced, however, so you can pursue scholarly research and publication. You also continue to participate in our comprehensive didactic program that includes conferences, seminars, and grand rounds.

Overview of the Two-Year Rheumatology Fellowship

Inpatient Consultation Service 10 to 11 months of rotations at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital/Kimmel Pavilion, Bellevue, and the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Manhattan campus 1 to 2 months of rotations at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Manhattan campus
Outpatient Clinic Service 3 required continuity clinics per week (general rheumatology, lupus, and arthritis), plus subspecialty clinics as assigned 2 required clinics per week (usually lupus and arthritis), plus subspecialty clinics by request
Research Projects Identify research mentor and second-year research project, optional participation in a research project with a division investigator Conduct approved original research project and publish or present findings
The Didactic Curriculum Actively participate in and present at core teaching conferences (including grand rounds) and supplemental conferences as appropriate

Our goal is to ensure that every fellow who graduates is highly competent in all aspects of rheumatic care and fully prepared to practice independently.

If you are interested in an academic career, you may continue for one or two additional years of research training at the discretion of the fellowship program director and the division chief.

Our Training Sites

The primary clinical and didactic elements of our fellowship program take place at the following sites.

NYU Langone

As a fellow rotating through NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital or Kimmel Pavilion, you have the opportunity to provide inpatient and emergency room consultations to people with rheumatic conditions, as well as provide consultation on pediatric rheumatology cases. Bruce M. Solitar, MD, is the site director for these rotations.

Training at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center familiarizes you with tertiary inpatient musculoskeletal care through the combined resources and expertise of NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and Rusk Rehabilitation. Jonathan Samuels, MD, is the site director for this rotation.

As the primary location for your outpatient clinic experience in treating arthritis and lupus, NYU Langone Ambulatory Care—23rd Street offers medical services to adults in the areas of orthopedics, rheumatology, and neurology.

The Skin and Cancer Unit of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, located at NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center East 38th Street, introduces you to the dermatologic pathology of rheumatic disease.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

During your rotations at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, you learn about complex rheumatic disease in a high-volume facility that cares for a diverse inpatient population. Pamela Rosenthal, MD, is the site director for the Bellevue rotation.

VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

The Manhattan campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System affords you the ability to provide care for patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and crystal arthropathies, among other rheumatic conditions. You perform inpatient consultations and point-of-care consultations in primary care clinics, urgent care facilities, and the emergency room. Michael Toprover, MD, is the site director for this rotation.

How to Apply

Note: For the 2024 appointment year, the Division of Rheumatology has no available positions and is not participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match.

Application to the Rheumatology Fellowship program is made through the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Generally, applicants to the program should have completed two or three years of medical training in internal medicine or pediatrics and should be board-eligible by the end of the first year of fellowship. We value applicants of all backgrounds and accept four fellows each year, for a total of eight fellows in the program at any given time.

Please contact Sarina Richards, program coordinator, at 646-501-4030 or Sarina.Richards@NYULangone.org if you have any questions.

Our Leadership

Our program leadership is available to answer any questions you may have about pursuing training in rheumatology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Michael H. Pillinger, MD
Program Director

Michael Toprover, MD
Associate Program Director

Sarina Richards
Program Coordinator