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UW Pediatrics

Rheumatology Fellowship

Overview

Mission Statement

To provide the best possible Pediatric Rheumatology care to children in Washington, Alaska, and Montana as a center of excellence and as a resource for North America, to conduct high quality research, and to educate health care providers about childhood rheumatic diseases.

Overview

Seattle Children’s Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program is a 3-year, ACGME-accredited training. The fellowship is distinguished by the broad exposure fellows receive in their clinical experience. Therefore, our trainees must be highly competent in the following areas:

  1. Diagnosis and care of children with complex rheumatic diseases.
  2. Managing a pediatric rheumatology team and service.
  3. Conducting successful research, whether basic, translational, epidemiological or clinical.
  4. Developing successful research proposals for funding and publishing original manuscripts.
  5. Education of medical students, residents, other fellows, and community general practitioners.

Information and Resources for UW/Seattle Children’s Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Applicants (password protected)

The First Year of Fellowship

Outpatient Clinic

Fellows evaluate and follow a variety of new patients while developing a patient panel they will follow during the second and third years. For each patient the fellow has ample time (60 minutes for new patients and 30 minutes for return patients) to evaluate the history, physical exam, laboratory studies and develop an assessment and plan. An additional 30 minutes is scheduled for each patient to discuss the case, re-evaluate the patient, and formulate a plan with the attending physician and the family. Teaching is a priority and feedback immediate. Outpatient rotations are arranged in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Nephrology, Skeletal Dysplasia, Immunology, Orthopedics, Pain and Adult Rheumatology Clinics. Fellows also participate in our division’s specialty clinics: Renal / rheumatology, Dermatology / rheumatology, Uveitis, CRMO, Myositis, and Inflammatory brain disorders clinics.

Inpatient Service

During the first year,  6-8 months are spent in inpatient service, with the fellow conducting inpatient rounds and consultations, teaching residents, and ensuring all patient care plans are carried out. Telephone consultations are performed for primary care physicians from all over the Northwest and Alaska.

Joint Injections

Fellows perform between 2 and 10 joint injections per month in clinic and in the operating room while the patients are under general anesthesia.  Most sedated joint injections are performed with the aid of an ultrasound provider to teach trainees to do ultrasound-guided joint injections.

Education and Research

Two mornings each week are dedicated to education. Fellows attend Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Journal Club, and Fellows Lectures at the University of Washington as well as multi-disciplinary didactic sessions at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Weekly Rheumatology Team Meetings and Morbidity/Mortality conferences are held during which the fellows present patient histories for discussion. Chapter Review lectures occur twice a month. Extra time is spent reading and meeting with potential research mentors. Fellows have an opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology each fall. Fellows also may attend the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance Conference (CARRA) meeting each spring.

Senior Fellows – Second and Third Years

Fellows solidify clinical and team leadership skills. Fellows develop research skills through conducting a project in either basic/translational laboratory investigation or clinical investigation. Each fellow develops a hypothesis-driven research project culminating in publication of a manuscript or grant proposal, which is required by the American Board of Pediatrics.  Fellows are also required to complete a QI project and write up their experience.

Outpatient Clinic

More time during the first year is devoted to developing clinical skills. In subsequent years, there is a one-half day clinic each month to maintain clinical skills while focusing on research. During the one-half day continuity clinic each week the fellow monitors a patient panel collected during year one. Senior fellows also have an outreach experience with a DEI rotation at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, AK.

Inpatient Service

Four – six weeks are spent “pretending” each year, in which fellows take major responsibility for patient care; with supervision and teaching of the residents and first year fellow, in consultation with the attending physician.

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The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program participates both in ERAS and in the National Resident Matching Program. For fellowship training beginning July 2024, applicants can download the ERAS Applicant User Guide beginning June 2023. The ERAS application service will open June 7, 2023. At that time, applicants may begin to work on their applications and upload their application materials.

Requirements

For our fellowship, we will require the common application form, a one page personal statement discussing career plans and goals, USMLE Certified Transcript, and three letters of recommendation (including a letter of reference from your residency program director). Please consult the ERAS web site for further details.

Timeline

We will begin to access applications on July 19, 2023. Completed applications will be screened and selected applicants will then be invited to a virtual interview to meet with our faculty and fellows and view a virtual tour of our facilities. Virtual interviews will be held from September to November 2023.

For the NRMP Pediatric Rheumatology match, applicants may register beginning in August 23, 2023. Rank order list submission commences September 27, 2023 and closes November 15, 2023. Match day is November 29, 2023. Please consult the NRMP web site for current information.

Seattle Children's Hospital

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Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital is both a community hospital for greater Seattle and the pediatric referral center for the Northwest providing excellent pediatric care to meet the medical, surgical and developmental needs of children in the WWAMI region. Serving as the main clinical training site for pediatric residents, this 407-bed hospital is conveniently located one and one-half miles from the University of Washington campus in an attractive, residential neighborhood of Seattle. The staff consists of University faculty and Seattle Children's full-time physicians.

Additional Information: Message to Prospective Pediatric Residents and Fellows from Dr. Walker-Harding (YouTube); Resident Tour of Seattle Children’s Hospital (YouTube).

UW Medical Center - Montlake (UWMC)

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University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC)

UWMC was ranked among the nation's top ten best general hospitals in recent U.S. News & World Report survey. Patients referred from UW Medicine sites and practitioners from WWAMI regional medical education program, a partnership between the UW School of Medicine and states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho that provides medical education for the five-state region.

Every day, more than 5,500 dedicated and compassionate UW Medical Center - Montlake team members bring passion and commitment to the care of our patients and their families.

As the No. 1 hospital in Seattle and Washington State since 2012 (U.S. News & World Report), UW Medical Center - Montlake is one of the world's foremost academic health centers, delivering exceptional, multidisciplinary care to a vast array of patients who come to us from across the globe.

From first of their kind, life-saving surgical procedures to routine adult, maternal and newborn medicine, we're training the next generation of medical professionals. By using the latest advances in medical technology and patient- and family-centered care, we're building a better future for our community.

At UW Medical Center - Montlake, our care is powered by research and informed by education.

Alaska Native Medical Center

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Alaska Native Medical Center

The Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) offers comprehensive medical services and acute, specialty, primary and behavioral health care to Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. ANMC is also home to one of America’s most unique health care environments – a place where the highest quality care and cutting-edge technology meets special cultural and traditional services and customer experiences.

The award-winning medical center includes a 182-bed hospital, a full range of medical specialties, primary care services and labs. The ANMC hospital houses Alaska’s first Level II Trauma Center and is also a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. The hospital also works in close partnership with rural health facilities statewide to support a broad range of health care and related services.

Fellowship Leadership

Division Head

Esi Morgan, MD, MSCE

Professor Division Head of Rheumatology

Fellowship Director

Kabita Nanda, MD

Associate Professor Fellowship Program Director

Associate Fellowship Director

Kristen Hayward, MD, MS

Associate Professor Associate Fellowship Program Director

Faculty

Eric Allenspach, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Erin Balay-Dustrude, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Sarah Katherine Baxter, MD, PhD

Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor

Susan Canny, MD, PhD

Acting Assistant Professor

Sriharsha C. Grevich, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor

Kristen Hayward, MD, MS

Associate Professor Associate Fellowship Program Director

Shaun W Jackson, MB, ChB, PhD

Associate Professor

Esi Morgan, MD, MSCE

Professor Division Head of Rheumatology

Kabita Nanda, MD

Associate Professor Fellowship Program Director

Sarah Ringold, MD, MS

Affiliate Clinical Associate Professor

Jordan Roberts, MD, MPH

Acting Assistant Professor

Natalie Rosenwasser, MD

Assistant Professor

Anne M. Stevens, MD, PhD

Affiliate Clinical Professor

Stephen Chee-Yung Wong, MD

Assistant Professor

Current Fellows

 

Aviya Lanis, MD

Aviya Lanis, MD (2021-2024)

Katelyn Banschbach, MD

Katelyn Banschbach, MD (2021-2024)

Emily Schildt, MD Emily Schildt, MD (2022 - 2025)
Rina Ferguson, MD

Rina Ferguson, MD, MBA (2023-2026)

Hayley Lynch, MD Hayley Lynch, MD (2023-2026) 

 

Alumni

Fellowship Director

Kabita Nanda, MD

Associate Professor Fellowship Program Director

Program Coordinator
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Lynda Schumacher

Program Coordinator

206-987-9921 (phone)
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