Meet Nikita Goswami, Jane Wyman Foundation-sponsored Pediatric Fellow
Because access to care is not always guaranteed, the Arthritis Foundation has been working to help close the gap on the nation’s rheumatologist shortage through our fellowship initiative. We recently funded a new fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) through generous donations from the Jane Wyman Trust.
“I am grateful for this opportunity,” says Dr. Nikita Goswami, who was awarded the fellowship. “It will let me provide care to a large, diverse group of children with complex rheumatic conditions and to participate in clinical research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of childhood rheumatic diseases. Keeping the patient’s best interest in mind, I will continue to advocate on behalf of children with these diseases for access to cutting-edge, specialized medical care.”
Dr. Goswami earned her bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio, a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, and she completed a pediatric residency at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Goswami is in her second year of a pediatric rheumatology fellowship program at CHLA. The Jane Wyman Trust award will help her complete her last two years of study.
This award means a lot to arthritis patients and families in Southern California. “We’re proud of our long and productive relationship with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” says Arthritis Foundation Executive Director Phillip Hain. “Even large cities need more pediatric rheumatologists, and this fellowship will expand the availability of services. In addition to the superb level of care they provide families with a juvenile arthritis diagnosis, CHLA is a true partner in promoting our camps, hosting a support group and telling people about the tools and resources available from the Arthritis Foundation.”