The University of Florida College of Medicine, part of UF Health, has been awarded a grant to fund a pediatric rheumatology fellowship as part of a national effort to alleviate the desperate shortage of specialists nationally. The grant, by the Tampa-based Purple Playas Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation, provides $150,000 in matching funding for up to three years of fellowship training.
“Funding is getting harder and harder to come by for rheumatology fellowships,” said Melissa E. Elder, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics and chief of its division of allergy, immunology and rheumatology. “Probably fewer than 20 residents go into pediatric rheumatology each year across the nation. That’s not a lot of rheumatologists.”Learn more about UF College of Medicine Awarded New Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship.