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Fellowship Training

Our fellowship training program is designed to prepare postdoctoral fellows for careers in academic investigative rheumatology in the outstanding educational environment offered by Yale University and the Yale School of Medicine. We offer a traditional fellowship for physicians that includes clinical training and two or more years of clinical, translational, and/or laboratory research. Fellows may work with any qualified mentor at Yale University, offering them the opportunity for broad training in the clinical and basic sciences. They may also apply for advanced training through the Yale Investigative Medicine PhD Program, the National Clinical Scholars Program, the Yale MD Master of Health Science Program, or through the Yale School of Public Health. We also offer research fellowships in immunobiology, inflammation, and related disciplines for individuals with PhD degrees. Research training for both MD and PhD fellows is supported in part by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Our program has a rich history in training leaders in clinical medicine and outstanding scientists (in laboratory, translational and patient-focused research), many of who are now members of the Yale faculty or other academic departments. These former trainees include a university president, several division directors in the U.S. and Canada, and two investigators of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Richard Bucala, Chief of the Section and Dr. Fotios Koumpouras, Program Director, oversee the implementation of our clinical training program, alongside a large cadre of full-time faculty and clinical faculty in rheumatology.

The Clinical Training Program offers an exposure to a wide variety of inflammatory rheumatic diseases in the inpatient setting through the rheumatology consult service at Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), a 1500-bed tertiary teaching hospital in New Haven, and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven Campus, closely adjacent to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Outpatient clinics at the YNHH and Saint Raphael campuses, the North Haven Interventional Immunology Center, the Cornell-Scott Hill Health Center, a community health center in New Haven and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven Campus offer a rich and varied patient care experience, exposing trainees to the full spectrum of rheumatic conditions. The VA clinics are conducted in concert with orthopedics and physical therapy, providing comprehensive training in musculoskeletal medicine in a multi-disciplinary setting, along with training in musculoskeletal ultrasound. Weekly clinical conferences at the VA focus on osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal conditions, clinical research methodology, and radiology while the weekly conferences at the Yale-New Haven campus emphasize the pathophysiology and management of complex autoimmune conditions.

Research Training is overseen by individual mentors from the clinical and basic science faculty at the School of Medicine and the Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with each fellow also assigned a mentoring committee. A list of potential research mentors is available here, although fellows can elect to do research projects with any qualified faculty member at Yale.

Our program participates in the Rheumatology Match for MD and MD/PhD trainees. Interested candidates can apply using the universal application available through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants with a PhD degree should contact Dr. Bucala or any of the above-noted faculty in rheumatology.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to:

Richard Bucala, M.D., PhD
Chief, Section of Rheumatology

Fotios Koumpouras, M.D.
Program Director

Annette Torres
Fellowship Coordinator

Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Yale University School of Medicine
300 Cedar Street, TAC S-525
P.O. Box 208031
New Haven, CT 06520-8031