Because access to care is not always guaranteed, we’ve been working to help close the gap on the nation’s rheumatologist shortage through our fellowship initiative . In June, we announced four new fellowship awards for 2019. One of those grants was offered to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which recently announced a three‑year pediatric fellowship to Dr. Matthew Clark.
Dr. Clark hopes to build a niche in treating children with early immune symptoms that occur because of immune deficiency. During his pediatric residency, Dr. Clark served on the graduate medical education committee at Vanderbilt and was awarded the Most Outstanding Teacher Award in 2016. He completed a chief residency in 2017.
“I hope to build a career in pediatric rheumatology as a clinician educator,” he says. “My goal is to develop a role in educating all levels of learners, using modern technology to increase learner engagement, retention and clinical skill in pediatric rheumatology.”
The rheumatology training program at Vanderbilt serves a very diverse population in a large area that includes Appalachia, which is very underserved for health care in general. Dr. Clark is excited about this program because it allows him to work with a diverse population and develop innovative training programs.
Vanderbilt plans to develop more use of innovative technology and telemedicine to tie together its adult and pediatric programs. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Dr. Clark will help bring us closer to a cure through this fellowship program.