Rheumatology Fellowship

The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) rheumatology fellowship program combines a broad-based, in-depth clinical and research experience in order to deliver the highest quality academic training to rheumatology professionals. HSS and the Weill Cornell Medical Center create a rich environment for learning and for the development of an academic career. Didactic sessions include introductory rheumatology, immunology and clinical epidemiology lectures; as well as a weekly journal club, rheumatology grand rounds, and clinical-pathology-radiology conferences.

Rotations: The clinical experience is focused on the outpatient rheumatology clinics at HSS, the inpatient consultative service at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the inpatient Rheumatic Disease Unit at HSS. In addition to the core clinical experience in rheumatology, clinics in office-based orthopedics (sports medicine, hand, shoulder, spine, hip, knee, and foot) and other musculoskeletal areas (osteoporosis, neuromuscular disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, and rehabilitation) are available.

Research: The fellowship program offers an integrated approach to clinical and research training. Fellowship research projects generally tie in with ongoing research activities within the Program. Each fellow’s research experience is coordinated by a faculty mentor, as well as a mentorship committee. Fellows present at research-in-progress conferences and at national meetings. The energy and resources of the fellowship’s multiple participating institutions enrich its scientific environment. Active scientific collaborations are encouraged and ongoing; and inter-institutional training programs are available, when appropriate.

For fellows pursuing research on the immunological mechanisms of disease, the Graduate Program in Immunology sponsors weekly research seminars, weekly guest seminars, and a formal course in immunology. Fellows pursuing a project in clinical research are encouraged to pursue a Certificate in Clinical Investigation or a Masters Degree program in Clinical Investigation or Public Health. All fellows are expected to present the results of their research at regional and national meetings.

The program is supported by on-site research core facilities, which include flow cytometry/cell sorting, molecular biology, analytic microscopy, specialists in research methodology and statistics, an outcomes research unit, and confocal microscopy. The research cores of our sister institutions support transgenic animal models, protein sequencing, and gene therapy.

The HSS rheumatology program is dedicated to advancing knowledge in both basic and clinical research. The research program is strongly supported by multiple federal and non-federal grants. The over $20M in such grants, and the $70M new research building program are evidence of the commitment of both our scientists, and our Board of Trustees, to the highest quality of basic and clinical investigation. Our fellowship research program is supported by an NIH T32 research training grant.

Weekly Conferences:

Rheumatology Ambulatory Care Center Clinic Conference (2x/week)
Lupus Clinic Conference
Introduction to Muskuloskeletal Ultrasound
Adult & Pediatrics Rheumatology Walk Rounds
Surgical Arthritis Center conference
Rheumatology Introductory Course (2x/week)
Immunology Lecture Series
Rheumatology Grand Rounds
Rheumatology Journal Club
Clinical Epidemiology Journal Club
Radiology Rounds
HSS Rheumatology Research in Progress Series


For Fellowship Start Date of
July 1, 2014

Application Deadline: Application Review from July 15, 2013-August 31, 2013

Interview Dates: September 2013 - November 2013

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
ERAS Program Code: 1503521122

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
NRMP Match Number: 10529663F0



Anne Bass, MD, Program Director
Division of Rheumatology
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212-774-2189
Fax: 212-774-2358

Amy Broffman
GME Fellowship Coordinator, Academic Training Department
Tel: 212-774-2302
[email protected]

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