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Rheumatologic skin disease is common, debilitating, and frustrating for patients and their healthcare providers. Although many physicians readily recognize systemic autoimmune diseases, rheumatologic skin disease often goes unrecognized, is misdiagnosed, is not aggressively treated, or is resistant to therapy. Many physicians do not feel comfortable with the toxicity of treatment necessary to adequately control patients’ diseases. Training physicians skilled in the diagnosis and management of these diseases is critical to patient care and advancing the field.


Mentorship Opportunities

Many of our physicians serve as mentors to trainees and young graduates seeking to develop expertise in rheumatologic skin disease. We provide a list of members to contact for those interested in rheumatologic skin disease career development.

RDS Mentors

  • Carolyn Bangert, MD, Associated Dermatologists, PC
  • Benjamin Chong, MD, University of Texas Southwestern
  • Lori Chung, MD, Stanford University
  • Jennie Clarke, MD, Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • Kari Connolly, MD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Melissa Costner, MD, North Dallas Dermatology Associates
  • Jan Dutz, MD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Alisa Femia, MD, New York University
  • Nicole Fett, MD, University of Oregon Health Sciences Center
  • Dave Fiorentino, MD, Stanford University
  • Ronnie Klein, MD, Yale School of Medicine
  • Mark Jackson, MD, University of Louisville
  • Joseph Merola, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University
  • Misha Rosenbach, MD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Richard Sontheimer, MD, University of Utah
  • Victoria Werth, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Residency Training Programs

COMBINED INTERNAL MEDICINE/DERMATOLOGY RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAMS:
Medical students interested in rheumatologic skin disease may be interested in becoming proficient in internal medicine as well as dermatology. Combined Internal Medicine/Dermatology residency training programs offer the opportunity to be trained and board certified in both fields.

  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  • LSU Health Sciences Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Washington Hospital Center

For more information, visit:
http://www.abim.org/certification/policies/combined-training/internal-medicine-dermatology.aspx


Fellowship Training Programs

  • Dermatology-Rheumatology Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Criteria: board-eligible in Dermatology, Rheumatology, or Medicine, or must have completed at least a PGY-1 year in Medicine at the time of initiating the fellowship.. Contact: Ruth Ann Vleugels, M.D. (rvleugels@partners.org), Director, Dermatology-Rheumatology Fellowship Program.
  • Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dept of Dermatology, Dallas, Texas. Criteria: medical student (MS III or greater at inception of position) or MD for the opportunity to perform clinical and translational research at the Department of Dermatology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Contact:Jo Urquhart, jo.urquhart@utsouthwestern.edu.
  • Clinical and/or Clinical/Translational Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Dept of Dermatology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Criteria: board-eligible in Dermatology. Contact: Victoria Werth (werth@mail.med.upenn.edu).
  • Complex Medical Dermatology Fellowship, University of California San Francisco. Contact: Lindy Fox, M.D (foxily@derm.ucsf.edu).
  • Fellowship in Connective Tissue Diseases, Mass General Hospital Department of Dermatology.  Criteria: board-certified or board-eligible dermatologists. Contact: Dr. Gideon Smith (gpsmith@mgh.harvard.edu).

Funding Opportunities

Those interested in obtaining funding for further training in rheumatologic skin diseases may benefit from funding from two other dermatology organizations: