About the Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Welcome to the Rheumatology Fellowship Program!  Our program has a cadre of bright, energetic, mostly young rheumatology faculty colleagues who place great emphasis on clinical teaching. The fellows educated here are well on their way to becoming excellent clinical rheumatologists, and many have become clinician educators in Virginia and across the nation.

Vision Statement

Our rheumatology fellows aim to become proficient clinician practitioners and clinician educators with teaching skills and background to practice and teach evidence-based health care.

Mission Statement

  • To provide highest quality, compassionate medical care to a diverse patient population
  • To foster intellectual growth and habits of lifelong learning
  • To contribute to medical education and scholarship

Core Values

  • Teamwork and Collegiality
  • Optimal Evidence-Based Clinical Care
  • Intellectual Drive and Scholarship
  • Industry

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Our Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond sponsors a clinically strong rheumatology fellowship with excellent faculty support for teaching and clinical care. The Division grew out of the first arthritis clinic in Virginia nearly eighty years ago. Over the past few years, eight energetic young faculty members have joined. The advantageous result is a relatively large, mostly young, ethnically diverse, mostly female fulltime faculty. Our primary emphasis, the education of rheumatology fellows, is at the Division’s core. We will select one rheumatology fellow applicants to enter in July 2021.

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Curriculum

Conferences

Practice-based quality improvement project. Our Division’s current project is designed to monitor steroid use in lupus in our outpatient teaching clinic, with a goal of reducing steroid use overall by a combination of regular reminders and ensuring regular follow up of all patients taking more than five mg of prednisone daily.

Vacation Time
Each fellows is allowed three weeks of vacation per year.

Night Coverage
Rheumatology fellows do not take in-house call.  Fellows take night call and urgent clinical care questions from home.

Weekend Coverage
When on call over weekend, fellows will see new consults at VCU and VAMC--with growing responsibility during fellowship. Each consult is precepted by an attending rheumotologist on service.

GME Resident & Fellow Well-Being
Graduate Medical Education training is not easy. With the GME Physician Well-being program, we first and foremost assert our commitment to your well-being, resilience and all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. VCU and VCUHealth are dedicated to ensuring that you have the tools you need to be your best. (Learn more)

All About VCU, VCUHealth, and RVA
First things first. We fondly refer to Richmond as RVA.  People love this city because it’s awesome. And Virginia Commonwealth University is in the middle of it all.  Learn more about VCU, VCUHealth, and RVA!

Huzaefah Syed, MD, MPH

Huzaefah Syed, MD, MPH

Program Director

Huzaefah Syed, MD, MPH

Huzaefah Syed, MD, MPH

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Email: huzaefah.syed@vcuhealth.org

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Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

Email: lawrence.schwartz@vcuhealth.org

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VCU Faculty

Non-Core Faculty

VAMC Faculty

  • Sarah Ford, DO
  • Abhi Nandan, MD
  • Tangada Prema Sudha Rao, MD - Rheumatology Section Chief
  • Lane B. Scheiber, MD

Class of 2022

Dr. Madanchi
Nima Madanchi, MD
Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Residency: Georgetown University Hospital


Dr. Shoemaker 
W. David Shoemaker, MD
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Residency:  Medical College of Wisconsin affiliated Hospital Program


Class of 2021

Dr. Gavin
Joshua Gavin, DO
Medical School: Kansas City University Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital Program


Class of 2020

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Nishant Desai, MD
Medical School: Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College
Residency: Detroit Medical Center – Wayne State University


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Rabia Gill, MD
Medical School: Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College – Belgaum
Residency:  Virginia Commonwealth University


Alumni

How To Apply

The Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program at VCU is a participant in the NRMP match. All applications will be accepted through ERAS and follow ERAS deadlines.

Interview Dates - 2020

  • September 4, 11, 18, 25
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Attention:  In support of our applicants, we will be flexible in providing virtual and on-site fellowship interview opportunities.  We understand that applicants may have restrictions on travel during this time.  Our interview schedule may change as we approach the late summer and fall.  We appreciate your patience and understanding; we will absolutely work to accommodate all applicants as best possible during the COVID pandemic.

Program Director

Huzaefah J. Syed, MD, MPH
Email: huzaefah.syed@vcuhealth.org

Fellowship Coordinator

Cesley Watkins
VCU School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0509
Phone: (804) 628-4497
Fax: (804) 828-4926
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org