About the Program
The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology has an active Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited fellowship program led by Dr. Andrea Ramirez along with an associate director Dr. Maria Pereira. Dr. Ramirez oversees the clinical and research training activities for the fellows.
Some of our recent graduates have completed master-level degrees as part of their fellowship training. Most graduates in the last decade have continued to practice in Texas. Of note, four separate pediatric rheumatology centers have been started by former Texas Children’s Rheumatology fellows and include: Brooke Army Medical Center, Cook Children’s Hospital, Driscoll Children’s Hospital and University of Texas at Houston.
We are one of the largest pediatric rheumatology centers in North America with nine rheumatologists, one advanced nurse practitioner and seven fellows. Our division is involved in national pediatric rheumatology mentoring initiatives and institutional efforts to enrich the educational experiences of pediatric subspecialty trainees. We are committed to providing high quality and personalized patient care, ACGME-accredited medical training and education, and clinical and basic science research in pediatric rheumatology.
The Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, provides an exciting, diverse, and stimulating learning environment for the fellows. The Department of Pediatrics is a national leader in research funding and is a leader in international child health, hematology/oncology, and neurology research.
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Unique Curriculum Features
- Pediatric Subspecialty Fellows College is an educational opportunity for all pediatric fellows at BCM focusing on clinical and career development as well as quality improvement projects.
- A boot camp during the first three weeks of fellowship includes intro to intra-articular joint injections/cadaver lab, musculoskeletal exam skills, rheum based pharm & intro to common & uncommon DXs via cased based lectures.
- We have a curriculum based on ABP board content provided by rheumatology faculty and guest lecturers.
- We provide an immunology curriculum for our fellows to enhance their understanding of disease and drug mechanisms.
- Elective opportunities include ophthalmology, sports medicine, musculoskeletal radiology and adult scleroderma clinic.
- We have monthly radiology rounds with MSK radiology, and twice monthly renal rounds with pathology and nephrology.
Affiliations with leading research and healthcare institutions in and around the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest healthcare complex, provide access to an exceptionally diverse array of people and resources. Discover how our affiliations enhance our education programs.