Fellowship Director

The Rheumatology Fellowship is a two-year clinical program with T32 sponsored options for additional years of research training. The primary goal of the program is to train physicians to be highly skilled consultants in rheumatology with demonstrated competencies in patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, practice-based learning, and systems-based practice. The program’s emphasis on clinical experience, didactics, and research prepares fellows for their choice of career: clinical practitioner, clinician educator, or researcher. Columbia University Irving Medical Center has a diversity of top-notch, world-renowned resources that can be an invaluable part of the training experience.

The emphasis of the program's first year is on clinical proficiency; in the ensuing year(s) the focus is on clinical investigation or basic science research. A third and fourth year of research training is available through an NIH T32 award for qualified fellows who seek academic research careers.

Rheumatology fellows observe sim center demonstration.

During all years of the training program, fellows participate in regularly scheduled teaching exercises. These include a weekly conferences covering basic pathophysiology and clinical topics, journal club, and research conferences. Fellows also attend the lupus clinic, inflammatory arthritis clinic, and Faulkner General Arthritis Clinic on a weekly basis.

Other outpatient rotations include pediatric rheumatology clinic, dermatology clinic, EMG, and orthopedic clinics. We also have an ultrasound curriculum that is taught by our USSONAR trained faculty. 

Download our Fellowship Handbook for more information about the rheumatology fellowship at Columbia.


Rion Mahabal
Fellowship Coordinator