Fellowship Programs

Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship


The pediatric rheumatology fellowship program at the Penn State Children's Hospital is dedicated to facilitating a stimulating learning environment for our fellows. Our mission is to educate fellows in the recognition and treatment of all pediatric rheumatologic conditions, to give fellows the tools necessary to participate in research dedicated to improving the lives of children with autoimmune diseases, and to prepare fellows for a successful career in academic medicine. We provide exposure to a wide array of rheumatologic conditions, with almost 5,000 outpatient visits per year.

The first year of the fellowship is primarily clinically based. The fellow will rotate with the five pediatric rheumatologists as well as have his/her own continuity clinic. One month of the first year will be spent rotating through adult rheumatology including outpatient clinics and inpatient consultations. As part of the multidisciplinary clinical experience, fellows in this program will participate in elective experiences including musculoskeletal radiology, autoimmune dermatology clinic, OT/PT clinic, EMG/nerve conduction labs, renal biopsies, sports medicine, and pediatric orthopedics.

Each fellow will develop his/her research project and identify a research mentor during the first year in preparation for the second and third years of fellowship, which are primarily dedicated to research endeavors. Each fellow's continuity clinic will continue through Years 2 and 3. As required by the American Board of Pediatrics, each fellow will complete a research project, and prepare it by the completion of their fellowship under the guidance of the Scholarship Oversight Committee.

In addition to a multidisciplinary clinical experience, fellows in this program have a wide variety of conferences to learn from. Please see our Educational Calendar for the many conferences offered to further the education of our trainees.

Penn State Children's Hospital provides a state-of -the-art facility to enable our faculty of over 150 pediatric providers to deliver optimal care to the sickest children in our region. The Children's Hospital has a dedicated pediatric procedure room for arthrocenteses under sedation, and an infusion center for our patients receiving intravenous medications. The hospital is designed with ultramodern PICU, PIMCU and floor beds to enable our nationally recognized physicians and teams to provide optimal care to our patients. Patients are generally seen in the outpatient setting in the Penn State Bone and Joint Outpatient facility on campus. The Bone and Joint Center provides the opportunity for multidisciplinary care to take place at one location for children with rheumatologic conditions, including pediatric orthopedics, pediatric neurology, pediatric physical and occupational therapy, radiology and lab services.

All applicant must have completed an ACGME accredited pediatric residency program before beginning this fellowship program.  Our fellowship program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).  You may register online at http://www.nrmp.org

Further information regarding our program may be obtained by contacting:

Lisabeth Scalzi, M.D., M.S.
Fellowship Program Director
Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
500 University Drive, HS83
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033

Anita Smith
Fellowship Coordinator
717-531-0003 x 287226