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Message from the Director

Welcome to the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center! We are delighted that you have decided to find out more about our program.

Our mission is to develop the next generation of Pediatric Rheumatology leaders who are committed to multidisciplinary, patient centered care, compassionate advocacy, and the discovery of new knowledge.

Our vision is to be a leader in innovative fellowship training by:

  • Providing rigorous and diverse clinical training for fellows to develop sophistication in the diagnosis and management of children with rheumatic disease.
  • Developing compassionate advocates for children with rheumatic disease.
  • Mentoring and supporting fellows as they pursue hypothesis-driven clinical, translational, and basic research that advances knowledge in pediatric rheumatology.
  • Preparing fellows to possess habits of life-long learning to build upon their knowledge, skills, and professionalism and become leaders in pediatric rheumatology.

Fellows have clinical training at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Children’s Health. Most of the fellow outpatient clinical experience occurs in the Scottish Rite Rheumatology clinic. This clinic is the largest and longest established multi-disciplinary clinic for children with rheumatic disease in the region. Our areas of clinical strength relate to the large volume of patients and extensive variety of clinical diagnoses that allow fellows to see the spectrum of pathology managed in Pediatric Rheumatology. Most of the inpatient clinical experience occurs at Children's Health where fellows see a broad range of acuity on a busy consultant service.

Fellows learn to advocate for patients in their daily practice in caring for our unique patient population. There are also opportunities for engagement in advocacy at the state and national level.

Our Program offers a comprehensive musculoskeletal ultrasound curriculum to teach the application of this important tool in clinical practice and research.

The Division is actively involved in both translational and clinical research endeavors directed toward improving pathophysiologic understanding, treatment options and outcomes in a variety of pediatric rheumatology diseases. All fellows complete a scholarly project and receive mentorship from both Program Faculty and Faculty from other Divisions throughout UT Southwestern. Fellows have the opportunity to take courses in clinical research through the UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine and purse an advanced degree, if they desire. Fellows have many opportunities to present their research at local, regional, and national conferences.

Our Fellowship Program has a robust didactic experience that prepares fellows for success on the boards. Fellows receive didactics from pediatric and adult Rheumatology faculty as well as from other faculty from departments within UT Southwestern and beyond. In addition to learning from formal didactic lectures and interdisciplinary conferences, fellows give case presentations and lead Division Journal Club.

Our Fellowship Program provides the training necessary to become a very successful Pediatric Rheumatologist. Thank you for your interest in our program. We hope that you find this website useful in the application process. We welcome your comments and questions and look forward to your continued interest in the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship program in UT Southwestern.

If you need further information, please feel free to contact me. You can also contact Melissa Perry, our Manager, Educational and Alumni Affairs, by email.

Tracey B. Wright , MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

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Tracey Wright, M.D.

Tracey Wright, M.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

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Priscilla Castro

Coordinator, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Phone: 214-456-5834