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The University of Colorado Anschutz's pediatric rheumatology fellowship’s mission is to train outstanding pediatric rheumatologists in the clinical, educational and research realms with the goal of increasing the number of pediatric rheumatologists in the United States including the Mountain West community. This will ultimately improve the health of children through exceptional, coordinated programs of patient care, education, quality improvement research and advocacy. We aim to serve our local community as well as diverse and under-served populations.
As a pediatric rheumatology training program, we aspire to build and maintain an infrastructure to recruit diverse fellows and provide an inclusive learning environment that promotes and celebrates differences.
We aim to provide a comprehensive curriculum for our trainees with guidance from outstanding mentors so that our graduates will become:
● Competent educators with a broad knowledge base and effective teaching strategies
● Independent scholarship and collaborative investigators
● Clinicians who improve patient care through quality improvement methods
● Local and national leaders in pediatric rheumatology.
● Skilled professionals serving patients of diverse backgrounds including underserved populations.
● Self-aware, mindful physicians with skills to seek support and promote wellness among self and colleagues.
● Clinicians equipped to provide comprehensive care for the unique needs of teens and young adults with pediatric rheumatic needs as they transition into adulthood and gain independence in their medical care.
● Clinicians equipped to provide services over telehealth platforms with a focus on improving services to underserved populations ● To build and maintain an infrastructure to recruit diverse fellows and provide an inclusive learning environment that promotes and celebrates differences
Fellows complete one year of clinical training and two years of scholarly training to prepare for a career that combines clinical pediatric rheumatology with clinical/translational investigation, basic laboratory investigation, health services research, educational scholarship, or other areas of academic focus. The fellowship is designed to meet the requirements of the ACGME, prepare fellows for the American Board of Pediatrics subspecialty certification examination, and allow fellows to follow their own passion in contributing to progress in the field of pediatric rheumatology.
Our program is based primarily at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO), with adult clinics and research programs at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and University of Colorado School of Medicine, all based at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Children's Hospital Colorado is consistently in the top ten best children’s hospitals in the nation and named one of the most innovative children's hospital in the nation in 2018 by Parents magazine. It has Magnet Status, as awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and was given the prestigious McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, which is awarded to just one hospital every year for demonstrated commitment to safe, reliable, and quality patient care.
Our program is comprised of 11 pediatric rheumatology faculty and is closely aligned with the Adult Rheumatology program at UCH, offering a full
spectrum of rheumatology clinical experiences and research opportunities.
Megan Curran, MD
|Associate Program Director
Jennifer Soep, MD
Katie Rowan, M.Ed
The first year of fellowship is devoted primarily to direct clinical care. Trainees gain experience in the evaluation, differential diagnosis, and management of children and adolescents with the full spectrum of rheumatic conditions in both inpatient and outpatient venues.
Each first year fellow has four weeks of protected time to explore areas of research interest, speak with potential mentors, and begin to develop projects to be conducted in years two and three.
First year fellows run the inpatient-based rheumatology consult service for most weeks of the academic year. Trainees learn how to evaluate and manage acutely ill patients with rheumatic conditions, including those with life-threatening complications. The fellow provides subspecialty consultation within a large, full-service academic children's hospital.
During rotations on the consult service, the fellows are responsible for answering calls from in-house and referring physicians within the region who seek advice on their patients with rheumatologic disorders. Fellows also manage issues regarding care for patients receiving infusion medications. An attending supervises all consults and provides guidance with telephone calls
During four weeks of protected research time during the first year, fellows explore potential research projects and mentors and develop a research proposal for presentation to the Scholarship Oversight Committee in spring of their first year. During this block of time, the fellow can also perform other scholarly activities such as working on formal presentations, a quality improvement study or case report for publication.
The second-and-third years are largely focused on research and other scholarly activities. Second-and-third year fellows continue to see patients in dedicated fellows’ clinics and other rheumatology clinics and attend multidisciplinary clinical experiences.
The primary clinical goal during the second and third years is for the fellow to develop more expertise and competence in the diagnosis and management of rheumatologic disorders in children and young adults. Trainees gain experience in continuity of care of a cohort of patients over several years and competence in the management of chronic conditions.
Each second and third year fellow spends at least one month on the rheumatology consult service. During this rotation, fellows gain further experience in assessment and management of acutely ill patients and develop knowledge and skills by working with and instructing first year fellows. Trainees continue to develop expertise in interacting as a consultant with primary care providers, hospitalists and other specialty services, as well as teaching of residents, medical students and nurses. An attending rheumatologist is always available for guidance and supervision of all consults.
The major goal of the second-and-third year of fellowship is development of a high-quality research experience that meets the requirements for scholarly activity of the American Board of Pediatrics. Fellows present research at laboratory or research group meetings, meet with their research mentors on regular basis, submit at least one abstract and present their research project at local and national meetings. Fellows interested in a continuing career in academic medicine begin preparation of grant and/or career development award applications with assistance from their research mentor(s). Second and third year fellows are expected to present their research at a regional or national meeting and have a manuscript ready for submission by the end of their third year.
Second and third year fellows devote a greater percentage of time to other scholarly activities. They attend all regularly scheduled rheumatology program conferences and attend conferences/lectures that are relevant to their research interest. Fellows are expected to assist in the preparation of case reports, review articles and book chapters with the assistance of clinical and research faculty mentors. Fellows are actively involved in teaching first year fellows and pediatric residents who rotate through the rheumatology clinics. They also have time to prepare for the pediatric rheumatology subspecialty certification exam.
Our program is proud to collaborate with the University of Colorado’s adult rheumatology fellowship program and research groups across the University of Colorado campus, providing our fellows a vast array of educational opportunities.
In addition, fellows attend multidisciplinary experiences including conferences and/or clinics with other subspecialists including:
Additionally, fellows attend multi-specialty clinics for patients with rheumatic conditions such as CRMO, with orthopedics, nephrology rheumatology clinic, and antiphospholipid syndrome, with hematology. Multi-specialty work with rheumatology nurses, advance practice providers, physical therapists and other hospital-based disciplines is also incorporated into the clinical curriculum.
Fellows are expected to attend conferences and engage in additional local and regional educational opportunities to meet their academic needs. These include, but are not limited to, pediatric rheumatology conferences, adult rheumatology conferences and Grand Rounds.
The section of pediatric rheumatology’s academic conference meets weekly. Topics range from journal clubs, chief complaint lectures, faculty development, wellness and morbidity and mortality conferences. Topics are designed to complement and supplement clinical experiences. Attendees develop skills within the competencies of patient care, knowledge, and practices-based learning.
Fellows lead a 15 minute “rheumination” – a short review of a clinical concept and then review inpatient cases and issues in outpatient care with pediatric rheumatology faculty and staff.
Fellows participate in weekly chapter reviews. During these sessions, fellows review chapters in the Textbook of Pediatric Rheumatology along with review questions. By the end of training, fellows will have completed an entire review of the textbook.
Pediatric rheumatology fellows join the adult rheumatology weekly fellowship conference, where faculty and fellows lead lectures within the following categories: scientific basis of rheumatic disease, chapter reviews from Kelley’s Textbook of Rheumatology, musculoskeletal ultrasound, statistics and epidemiology, and orthopedics. Pediatric rheumatology faculty and fellows join the adult rheumatology division’s Tuesday morning academic conference for Grand Rounds, problem case conferences, radiology and other multidisciplinary lectures, journal club and research conferences.
Upon completion of fellowship, trainees will be competent in the diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis in common joints utilizing ultrasound and gain experience with ultrasound guided injections. Fellows are instructed in the fundamentals of bedside musculoskeletal ultrasound, including operation of the equipment, and identification of normal and abnormal anatomy using standard viewing techniques. Fellows learn to perform ultrasound guided injections of joints and tendons, and learn how to input procedures in the medical record.
Interested second and third year fellows are eligible to participate USSONAR (Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists) musculoskeletal ultrasound training and achieve certification in the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology RhMSUS (license for rheumatology ultrasound).
The Section of Rheumatology has a dedicated rheumatology clinical pharmacist who is immediately available for questions related to medications and patient assistance. We have seven registered nurses and two medical assistants who work solely in our rheumatology clinics.
The Section of Rheumatology is known throughout Children’s Hospital of Colorado for their humor and camaraderie. We participate in the hospital’s annual Halloween celebration, complete with a group costume and impressive dance routine.
The ACGME accredited University of Colorado fellowship program in pediatric rheumatology is based at Children's Hospital Colorado. We generally accept two new fellows per academic year. Applicants must have an MD or DO degree from an accredited institution and must be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. The rheumatology fellowship training program accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We begin reviewing completed applications in July. Selected applicants are invited to interview, during which they meet with our faculty and fellows and tour the facilities. Interviews are generally offered in September and October.
Our pediatric fellowship will be conducting virtual s for this upcoming season. We look forward to sharing our programs with you and getting to know more about you. Our planned virtual dates are provided below.
If you have questions about the online application and interview process feel free to reach out to our program coordinator.
The University of Colorado pediatric rheumatology fellowship program adheres to all policies and procedures mandated by the University of Colorado, the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Policies and additional information can be obtained at the University of Colorado GME website.
The University of Colorado offers salary and benefits packages that are competitive with other fellowship programs across the country. Current salary levels can be found at the School of Medicine - Graduate Medical Education Stipends.
Three letters of recommendation (including one from the applicant’s residency program director)
|Wednesday, September 22, 2021||Match Opens|
|Wednesday, October 27, 2021||Ranking Opens|
|Wednesday, November 17, 2021||Quota Change Deadline|
|Wednesday, December 1, 2021||Rank Order List Certification Deadline|
|Wednesday, December 15, 2021||MATCH DAY|
For additional questions please contact:
Megan Curran, MD
Katie Rowan, MA
Phone: (720) 777-1048
Lyndsey Cole, MD
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Inna Polyakova, MD
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Katherine, KD, Nowicki MD
Residency: University of Colorado
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Megan Perron, MD
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Christina Wang, MD
Residency: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
|Diversity / Equity / Inclusion|
We are committed to creating a diverse environment for students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We believe that an environment of inclusiveness and respect promotes excellence and that a setting where diversity is valued leads to the training of physicians who are prepared to practice culturally effective medicine and meet the needs of the various populations we serve. Visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in PEM page for more.