Department of Medicine


Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

The Fellowship program in Rheumatology provides intensive clinical and research training for physicians who are board-certified or board-eligible in Internal Medicine. Fellows acquire the skills required to deliver expert medical care to patients with rheumatic diseases and, if desired, they can receive training which will enable them to embark upon a career emphasizing original independent research.

The Fellowship consists of two years of training, of which 18-21 months are devoted to clinical training and 3-6 months to research activities. The clinical experience is very broad, and includes extensive training in the diagnosis and management of patients with systemic inflammatory connective tissue disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, progressive systemic sclerosis and gout), osteoarthritis and soft tissue rheumatism. Experience in Pediatric Rheumatology is also provided. Patient care activities are complemented by a radiology correlation conference, journal club, difficult case presentations by the Fellows and a Department-wide web based tutorial seminar series covering biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and academic development. Fellows are provided funds to attend a national or local rheumatology meeting annually. The Fellowship fulfills requirements for certification in Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Research activities of the Rheumatology Division encompass clinical research, basic research and health services research, and range from studies in molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry to epidemiology and health care delivery. Research areas in which the members of the Division have particular expertise include articular cartilage biology, a health resource utilization, osteoarthritis and radiographic assessment of osteoarthritis. Some faculty members of the Division hold a substantial level of extramural research funding. Several members of the Division are recipients of research grants from NIH, and/or the pharmaceutical industry. The latter includes studies of new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

The program is based at the Indiana University Medical Center, which is located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis near downtown Indianapolis. Training is carried out in four teaching hospitals on campus: University Hospital and the Riley Children's Hospital (tertiary and quaternary referral centers), Eskenazi Memorial Hospital (a modern city-county hospital) and the Richard Roudebush VA Hospital, all of which are within walking distance of each other. Fellow outpatient experience includes continuity clinics at the VA Hospital, Wishard Hospital and participation in faculty clinics at University Hospital, and the Riley Hospital for Children.

For further information, or to apply for Fellowship training, please contact:
Steven T. Hugenberg, M.D.
Director, Fellowship Program
Rheumatology Division, Department of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine.
1120 W. Michigan Street, Rm 370
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5111
Office: (317) 274-7724
Fax: (317) 274-7792