Letter From Dr. Stephen I. Katz: NIH Rheumatology Training Programs

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August 30, 2012
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Letter From Dr. Stephen I. Katz: NIH Rheumatology Training Programs

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Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to highlight the NIH Rheumatology Training Programs this month. A new website has been launched recently that contains information about:

  • NIH’s Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-certified fellowship program in rheumatology
  • Advanced training in the Scholars in Translational Research Program
  • Profiles of the programs’ internationally renowned research faculty
  • Information on the cutting-edge clinical studies that are conducted at NIH

The fellowship program provides unique opportunities for physicians and physician-scientists entering the field of rheumatology, with a particular emphasis on the integration of basic, translational, and clinical research. The Scholars in Translational Research Program provides advanced research training for those who have recently completed a rheumatology fellowship.

The faculty in the NIH Rheumatology Training Programs are leaders in the fields of rheumatology, immunology, genetics, and musculoskeletal diseases research. Although the programs are hosted by the NIAMS Intramural Research Program, NIH rheumatology training and research activities have grown to include intramural laboratories and clinical programs in several other Institutes. NIH’s collaborative environment is highly conducive to a broad rheumatology training experience.

NIH rheumatology program fellows and advanced trainees participate in the numerous clinical studies conducted at the NIH Clinical Center, the country’s largest medical center devoted exclusively to clinical research. These studies recruit patients from the local area, as well as across the country and beyond our borders, particularly for rare diseases and disorders. In addition, NIAMS conducts a rheumatology clinic through its Community Health Center (CHC) in neighboring Silver Spring, Maryland. The CHC is an integral part of the training programs that provides medical care to underserved and minority patients who are disproportionately affected by rheumatic diseases. Many of these patients are enrolled in the Institute’s long-running Natural History of Rheumatic Disease in Minority Communities study.

NIH and NIAMS are strongly committed to supporting the next generation of medical researchers and physician-scientists. There are ongoing NIH-wide efforts to increase the opportunities for new investigators as they embark on their independent research and clinical careers. With the vast possibilities for biomedical and behavioral science today, accompanied by expanding knowledge and technological breakthroughs, these new investigators are poised to bring great benefits to public health and future U.S. biomedical research.

Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health