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54.4 million Americans are waiting for you!

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases tremendously affect the wellbeing of 54.4 million U.S. adults - equating to about 25% of the population. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, and causes pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling of the joints. The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia. By 2040, an estimated 78 million (26%) U.S. adults ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems are the #1 cause of disability in America. The latest figures regarding arthritis and other rheumatic diseases show that they led to $127.8 billion in medical costs in the U.S., nearly a quarter more than the $104 billion in costs for cancer care.

Rheumatology Workforce Shortage

Over the next ten years, the demand for rheumatology services is expected to increase by 46%. It is expected that the number of practicing rheumatologists will only increase by 1.2%. This workforce shortage issue amongst the rheumatology profession has a negative impact on both rheumatology healthcare professionals and most importantly - patient outcomes. However, you can make a difference my choosing rheumatology as your specialty. There is no better time than now to enter the rheumatology field. With today’s modern treatments, rheumatologists are able to better care for their patients than ever before.

Learn about the required training to become a rheumatologist, career opportunities, and scholarship and awards.

See more about the rheumatology workforce shortage.

Lifestyle of a Rheumatologist

Rheumatologists love being rheumatologists! Rheumatology can be a very challenging, yet rewarding career option for you. Here are major lifestyle benefits.

Explore the various rheumatology career opportunities.

Rheumatology by the Numbers

  • 100 diseases and conditions - Rheumatic diseases are often lumped under the term arthritis - a term used to describe over 100 diseases and conditions. Under this umbrella term, there are over 30 inflammatory rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, scleroderma, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, spondylarthritides, polymyalgia rheumatica, and several forms of systemic vasculitis (including giant cell arteritis). Learn more about rheumatology diseases and conditions.
  • 11 million Americans - Over 11 million Americans are living with rheumatic diseases.
  • 1.3 million American adults - Over 1.3 million American adults have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • 300,000 American children - Nearly 300,000 American children suffer from rheumatic diseases, the most common of which is juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which can cause the same type of pain, disability and co-existing diseases that adults with rheumatic diseases often experience. It is estimated that one child in every 1,000 will develop some form of rheumatic disease.
  • 1 in 250 American children 1 in 250 American children has some form of rheumatic disease.
  • 1 in 12 Women - 8.4% of women will develop a rheumatic disease during their lifetime. Women are 2 - 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with RA, and 10 times more likely to develop lupus than men.
  • 1 in 20 Men - 5% of men in the U.S. will develop a rheumatic disease during their lifetime.
  • Adults between the ages of 20 and 40 - Inflammatory rheumatic diseases often strike people in the prime of their lives. For example, RA and lupus often develop between the ages of 20 and 40.

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