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Rheumatology Fellowship

Address for applications. If you are an applicant for a fellowship position, apply through ERAS.

  • Rheumatology Fellowship Program
    Division of Rheumatology
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216
    (601) 984-5545
    Fax: (601) 984-55358
  • Program director: Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, FACP
  • Division coordinator: Teresa Clayton

Fellowship information

The UMMC rheumatology fellowship is a two-year fellowship that focuses on all aspects of rheumatology training, including clinical skills, scholarly activity, teaching and development of consultative ability.

Division information

Under the leadership of Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, the Division of Rheumatology continues to actively and aggressively pursue its clinical, academic, research and administrative missions. We continue to provide outstanding clinical services and our fellows as well as faculty, have provided community and institutional education programs, increased our focus on research, and improved the metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis program.

The division's board-certified academic rheumatologists and rheumatology fellows provide consultative services at University Hospital, UP Medical Pavilion and the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center. The division maintains vigorous outpatient services at the VA medical center and the Medical Pavilion.

Along with its expansive clinical care services, the division has a strong clinical research program in place, featuring epidemiologic and mechanistic studies as well as clinical trials of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, spondyloarthropathies and osteoporosis. As a division, we try to provide and expect the highest standards of educational programs to the fellows, residents, and students and do so primarily in the clinical settings, but also through divisional conferences, didactic lectures and grand rounds.

The division has been and continues to be recognized regionally and nationally as evidenced by our productivity of educational and scientific presentations, abstracts, publications, book chapters and committee appointments. In the last five years, the faculty and trainees of the division have been involved in multiple scholarly projects leading to more than 50 published abstracts, 30 publications and five book chapters. Dr. Majithia was involved in developing and reviewing the rheumatology section of MKSAP-17, writing multiple chapters and questions.

In addition, Dr. Majithia serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology SEP committee and has previously served on the National Board of Medical Examiners - In-training exam committee and American College of Rheumatology Continuous Assessment Review and Evaluation (CARE) committee.

Currently recognized as one of the largest and most qualified university-based rheumatology groups in the region, we continue to strive for excellence in clinical care, education, scholarship and research.

Clinical services

The Division of Rheumatology provides the following clinical services:

  • Year-round Bone mineral densitometry and certified interpretation with clinical recommendations
  • Ten half-day faculty Pavilion clinics per week
  • Eight half-day fellow/faculty Pavilion clinics per week
  • One infusion clinic on the 5th floor in the hospital and on-demand infusion clinic in Pavilion
  • Two VA clinics per week - faculty and fellows
  • Year-round hospital consultation service 
  • Three months per year General Medicine Ward attending