Many of us know that access to care isn’t always a guarantee. All too often, seeing a rheumatologist includes traveling out of state because of the severe rheumatologist shortage. Last year we committed to closing this gap by offering Fellowship grants to universities in underserved areas. After careful consideration, we recently selected five schools to receive fellowship grants to help doctors advance in this specialty field. The institutions were offered $150,000 to launch new slots for established fellowship programs.
We are thrilled to be able to offer these awards because of the impact the newly funded positions will have on their communities. Executive Director Kelsey Woods told us this of the grant given to a school in her area, “The University of Washington has long been a partner of the Arthritis Foundation in the fight to both control and cure this debilitating disease. We are so proud to continue to fund a rheumatology fellowship right here in Seattle at the UW. Healthcare access is and must continue to be a top priority in the region, and this investment is confirmation that we will continue to fight for that.”
Three adult and two pediatric rheumatology fellowships have been offered and accepted by the follow programs:
Adult Fellowship Programs
University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA
UW provides regional support for 5 states. They also work with underserved native Americans. UW has a history of excellence in academic training, with strong interactions between the adult and pediatric programs.
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA
The UCSF rheumatology program is recognized globally and serves more than 6,000 patients with arthritis conditions per year.
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, AL
Doctors at UAB help their community in a number of ways, including pilot programs in telecare, disease specific clinics, and a clinic for uninsured patients.
Pediatric Fellowship Programs
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health (IUH), Indianapolis, IN
Both the adult and pediatric IUH programs have a track record of success in a rural area with diverse population.
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
This important pediatric program has strong academic and clinical training. Doctors at UCLA care for a diverse urban population that includes large immigrant and Spanish-speaking populations.
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