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Fellowship Training Program

Introduction

We have included information about our training program here that we hope will be helpful to anyone considering applying for a Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Michigan. The Rackham Arthritis Research Unit was established at the University of Michigan in 1937, one of the first research units in the United States devoted to investigation of the rheumatic diseases.  We were awarded our first NIH Training Grant in 1957 and the Division of Rheumatology was established as a distinct clinical unit in 1960.  We are proud of the achievements of our training program and welcome your interest.

Rheumatology currently, faces enormously exciting challenges, but also unparalleled opportunities to meet these challenges.  Our major challenges are to elucidate the causes of rheumatic diseases, to definitively characterize the processes involved in pathogenesis of these diseases, to develop fully effective treatments and even cures, and to translate basic scientific and medical advances into routine clinical practice that includes not only treatment, but ultimately prevention.  The opportunities to make significant progress in achieving these goals are greater than at any time in the past, due to the major and rapidly accumulating advances made in the fields of basic science and clinical investigation that are relevant to these diseases.  In order to meet these challenges, it is critical we continue training outstanding clinicians, teachers and scientists who will make their own contributions to research and clinical care and stimulate the interest of more young physicians to enter into the practice of Rheumatology and investigation of the rheumatic diseases.