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Rheumatology Fellowship

The Rheumatology Fellowship Program at The University of Toledo is a two-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship program that offers rigorous clinical and research training in rheumatology, with a goal to prepare our trainees for careers in academic medicine as well as community practice.

Highlights

The program provides organized training and supervision experience sufficient for the trainee to acquire proficiency as a consultant in rheumatology. The program provides both the facilities and clinical experience with supervision to achieve this goal. Fellows will learn and practice the fundamentals of rheumatology, and also have the opportunity to experience both clinical and translational research in rheumatology.

We host many accomplished and well-respected physicians nationally and internationally in The University of Toledo, especially in Rheumatology. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to meet the educational needs for our fellows in a collegial, academic environment.

Each year, we will accept up to two Rheumatology fellows to join our program. The first year is heavily oriented towards gaining clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient rheumatology. The second year is more geared toward clinical and investigational research exposure, where each fellow will have protected time to build and conduct research effort, based on the fellow’s interest.

As a trainee in the Rheumatology Fellowship, you have access to a broad and highly specialized training experience that includes comprehensive clinical experience to evaluate and manage the full spectrum of rheumatic diseases, in addition to robust didactic curriculum designed to teach clinical skills, basic science, immunology, radiology and pathophysiology and management of all rheumatic diseases.


Accreditation

The program fulfills the training requirements as defined by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Application Process

Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) ERAS application system. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) subspecialty match.   The application process for fellowship positions will begin on the ERAS release date in July and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  We recommend candidates submit their applications as early as possible to expedite scheduling of interviews.  Applicants are invited for an interview after review of their application.  We welcome applications from BE/BC internal medicine physicians. United States citizens and J1 visa holders are encouraged to apply. At this time, we are not able to sponsor H1-B visas.


Curriculum

The curriculum of rheumatology fellowship includes core curriculum series on weekly basis that includes the following:

 

Type of conference

Frequency

1.

Didactic session that will include one of the following:

  • Rheumatology Core curriculum topics (example: RA, SLE, gout, Akylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, etc)
  • Rheumatology Board Questions
  • Hands on polarized microscopy  
  • Joint Injection techniques in the simulation lab

Every week

2.

Clinical case conference once a month

Once a month

3.

Journal Club/Research conference once a month

Once a month

4.

Pathology/immunology laboratory

Every other month

5.

 Musculoskeletal Radiology conference

Every other month

6.

Quality improvement conference

Once every 3 months


National Meeting

We encourage our fellows to attend the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, and we will support their travel to attend the meeting including lodging. One meeting every year will be reimbursed by the program. The fellow can choose different national meeting to attend, we will reimburse up to $1,500 towards expenses for that meeting. 


Our Faculty

Nezam Altorok, M.D.

Nezam Altorok, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship

Degree: MD, Al Quds Medical School, Palestinian Authority
Residency: Internal Medicine at The University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH
Fellowship: Rheumatology at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Board Certified: Internal Medicine / Rheumatology

Yue Ding, M.D.

Yue Ding, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine  

Degree: MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
Residency: Internal Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Fellowship:  Rheumatology at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Board Certified: Internal Medicine 

Kahaleh, Bashar, M.D.

Bashar Kahaleh, M.D.

Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
Professor, Internal Medicine

Degree: MD,  Damascus Medical School, Damascus, Syria
Residency: Internal Medicine at The Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
Fellowship: Rheumatology and Immunology at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Board Certified: Internal Medicine / Rheumatology

Svetlana I. Kriegel, M.D.

Svetlana I. Kriegel, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Allergy and Immunology 

Degrees: MD, Kazan State Medical University, Kazan Russia
Residency: Internal Medicine at Penn State, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Fellowship:  Allergy-Immunology Kazan State Medical University, Kazan Russia
Board Certified: Internal Medicine / Allergy Immunology

Carleigh Zahn, D.O.

Carleigh Zahn, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Degree: DO, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. East Lancing, MI
Residency: Internal Medicine at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI
Fellowship: Rheumatology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Board Certified: Internal Medicine/Rheumatology

 
 


Our fellows

Aya Abugharbyeh, M.D.

Aya Abugharbyeh, M.D.

Second-Year Fellow
Chief Fellow July 2022 to December 2022

Medical school:
An-Najah National University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Residency:
The University of Toledo

Mohamed Altattan, M.D.

Mohamed Altattan, M.D.

Second-Year Fellow
Chief Fellow January 2023 to June 2023

Medical School:
Ross University School of Medicine

Residency:
Henry Ford Hospital, MI

Rawish Fatima, M.D.

Rawish Fatima, M.D.

First-Year Fellow

Joan Gekonde, M.D.

Joan Gekonde, M.D.

First-Year Fellow

Graduated Fellows

Farshid Bozorgnia, M.D.

Farshid Bozorgnia, M.D.

2022 Graduate

Medical School:
Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI

Residency:
Henry Ford Hospital, MI

Anoop Bhatt, M.D.

Anoop Bhatt, M.D.

2022 Graduate

Medical School:
Albany Medical College, NY

Residency:
Mountain View Hospital Program, NY

Erica Benvenutti, M.D.

Erica Benvenutti, M.D.

2021 Graduate

Medical School:
University of Mississippi Medicine, MS

Residency:
University of Tennessee  College of Medicine at Chattanooga, TN
Opthalmology Fellowship:
University of Mississippi School of Medicine, MS

Samah Musa, M.D.

Samah Musa, M.D.

2021 Graduate

Medical School:
Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar

Residency:
Albany Medical Center, NY
Geriatric Fellowship:
New York University School of Medicine, NY


Contact Us

Jennifer Lamley

Fellowship Coordinator
Jennifer.Lamley@utoledo.edu
567.420.1645

Last Updated: 7/12/22