The ACR–Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA) International Fellows Exchange Program was developed in 2016 to foster scientific collaboration between members of the ACR and junior rheumatologists representing the IRA. I was lucky enough to be selected to participate in this exchange initiative, and I can’t thank these two organizations enough for working together to provide this amazing opportunity.
Explore this issueFebruary 2019
I trained in rheumatology at the Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India, for three years, from 2015 to 2018. I learned about this exchange program toward the end of my fellowship program from my mentor, Prof. Alakendu Ghosh, who on behalf of the IRA, encouraged me to submit my curriculum vitae.
Upon acceptance, I learned I would travel to Chicago for a month from September–October 2018 to do a rotation in the rheumatology section at the University of Chicago, and then attend and present an abstract at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting. I had never been to the U.S. before, and I quickly started preparing for my month abroad.