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Pediatric Visiting Professorship

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Currently, one-third of all U.S. medical schools do not have a pediatric rheumatology training program.  As a result many medical students, pediatric and internal medicine residents, and rheumatology fellows have no access to structured clinical teaching about one of the most common families of childhood chronic disease.

Nearly 300,000 American children have a rheumatic disease. Unfortunately, with only about 260 board-certified pediatric rheumatologists in the country, many children must receive care from other specialists, such as pediatricians and adult rheumatologists. The Rheumatology Research Foundation is working to prepare more doctors to treat these young patients through the Pediatric Visiting Professorship. This program provides valuable exposure to pediatric rheumatology for medical students and residents by connecting a board-certified professor of pediatric rheumatology with an academic institution where no established pediatric rheumatology expertise exists.

The Rheumatology Research Foundation partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to further refine the award and provide a balanced selection process. With the AAP's help in the peer review and selection process, the Rheumatology Research Foundation works to promote the award among pediatric residency programs throughout the U.S. For more information about the AAP’s involvement please contact Laura Laskosz.


About the Participants

  Institutions Visiting Professors


Will be an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program or be affiliated with a medical school where no established pediatric rheumatology expertise exists.

Will be ACR members, board certified in pediatric rheumatology with six or more years of teaching experience in pediatric rheumatology.

Application Required    




Institutions will not receive any funding. However, the institution is not responsible for any costs associated with the visit. Visiting professors will receive an honorarium and reimbursement for travel expenses.

If your institution does not have an established pediatric rheumatology expertise, and you would like to participate in the program; please contact Ashley MacDermott, Coordinator, Awards and Grants at (404) 633-3777 ext. 337.


Request for Applications

Check back May 1, 2014 for the new RFA!


Online Application

Check back May 1, 2014 to access the online application!


Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on the deadline day.

Upcoming Deadline

 August 1, 2014


Awards and Grants Policies

In addition to the guidlines stated in the RFA, all applicants and award recipients must abide by Rheumatology Research Foundation Awards and Grants Policy at all times.


Funding Source

Funding for this award is made possible through an endowment provided by Amgen, Inc.


For more information about this award, please contact the Rheumatology Research Foundation office by e-mail or by phone at (404) 633-3777.


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