Rheumatology Fellowship Educational Activities

Outpatient Practice Schedule

Day Time Practice
Monday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Continuity Clinic (Voorhees)
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Continuity Clinic (Voorhees)
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Conferences
Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Continuity Clinic (Willingboro, Voorhees)

Pediatric Rheumatology Experience

The pediatric rheumatology rotation takes place at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, where children ranging in age from newborn to 18 years old are referred to the DuPont Children’s Hospital. This month-long experience is designed to produce proficiency in the diagnosis and management of childhood rheumatic disorders and an enhanced understanding of interactions with pediatric patients and their families. Because of the highly specialized nature of this elective, and the need for a solid grounding in adult rheumatology, this rotation is reserved for second-year fellows. Fellows participate in outpatient clinic and inpatient rounds under the supervision of the attending pediatric rheumatologist, Annemarie Brescia, MD.

Additional Rotations

Fellows in the second year participate in two weeks of orthopaedic outpatient practice and two weeks of sports medicine outpatient practice supervised by faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute within the Voorhees outpatient practice. Fellows review the principles of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physical medicine and rehabilitation in collaboration with the physical and occupational therapists and faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also at the Voorhees facility, during a two-week rotation in the second year. In addition, second-year fellows participate in a two week rotation with the Chief of Musculoskeletal radiology at Cooper. During this rotation, rheumatology fellows gain added sophistication in the interpretation of musculoskeletal radiology, including MRIs and other specialized studies. The opportunity exists to craft special interest electives in dermatology and other disciplines.

Research Experience

Fellows engage in scholarly activities throughout fellowship. First-year fellows are invited to begin considering research projects that may be initiated in the first year, and will become the focus of their second year, shortly after joining the program. These include participation in investigator-initiated projects and multicenter clinical trials headed by faculty from within the Division of Rheumatology, as well as by faculty throughout Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Cooper Research Institute, and the Coriell Institute of Medical Research. Fellows present their research findings each year during Cooper Research Week and are encouraged to submit abstracts to local, regional, and national meetings, including those of the New Jersey Rheumatism Association, the Philadelphia Rheumatism Society, and the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.