The Division of Rheumatology of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, under the directorship of Dr. Chaim Putterman, offers a two- or three-year ACGME-approved fellowship program that provides comprehensive training in clinical and investigative Rheumatology and related areas of basic science research, preparing rheumatologists for careers in clinical practice and/or investigative rheumatology. The third year of training is available for those fellows interested in a more intensive research experience.
Currently three fellows are admitted to the program each year.
The Einstein Rheumatology Fellowship Program produces recent physicians who:
- Are clinically competent rheumatologists
- Are capable of working in a variety of settings
- Possess habits of life-long learning that enable them to build upon their knowledge, skills and professionalism
- Are capable of teaching the principles of clinical rheumatology to primary care physicians and medical house officers
- Have the option to acquire a basic investigative experience in preparation for a career in independent scientific research
The first year of the program is devoted to clinical training, with six months spent at each of the campuses and weekly grand rounds that includes all fellows and faculty from both campuses. The aim of the educational program for this year is to provide the groundwork for a firm understanding of the principles of clinical Rheumatology.
The training period's various teaching methods include:
- clinical and basic science
- small group and individual instruction on the wards and in clinic
- discussion of research methods in twice-weekly journal clubs (including case presentations, case-based topic reviews by the fellows and pathology conferences)
- weekly grand rounds in which invited speakers present topics of clinical or basic science interest
An orientation course runs during the first three months of each academic year. It serves to cover basic concepts in immunology, muscle, connective tissue and bone biology, and an overview of rheumatic disease.
First year fellows attend four clinics per week, three of which are continuity clinics (including a specialized SLE clinic at Montefiore Hospital) and one of which is a triage clinic that provides an initial evaluation of individuals with musculoskeletal complaints. Fellows also provide an inpatient consultation service and supervise residents and students rotating through the Rheumatology service on elective. In-patient rounds take place several times weekly.
All fellows attend Lupus Clinic, Arthritis Clinic and journal club at Montefiore weekly, and Arthritis Clinic at Jacobi and at NCB on alternate weeks. Rheumatology grand rounds and journal club are held weekly. The fellow on the East Campus attends the weekly Jacobi Early Diagnosis Clinic for the initial evaluation of patients with complaints referable to the musculo-skeletal system. The Fellow at the West campus attends a second Arthritis clinic at Montefiore.
Fellows are exposed to pediatric rheumatology at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, under the supervision of two pediatric rheumatology attendings, Dr. Norman Ilowite and Dr. Patricia Irigoyen.
The second year of the training program is largely devoted to a clinical or basic research project intended to provide the fellow with an opportunity to explore a particular area of clinical or basic scientific interest in depth under the close supervision of a full-time faculty member.
Second-year fellows continue to participate in 2-3 clinics per week, as well as conferences of the Division. Fellows have the opportunity to attend the national ACR meeting and to take the Advanced Rheumatology Course offered by New York University during the second year.
Many additional educational opportunities are afforded, including attendance at the AICD bone density reading course and the AECOM clinical research methods course.