“I feel extremely privileged to work with Dr. Bathon,” says Dr. Chung. “As a highly accomplished researcher, she has extensive mentoring experience with many medical students, fellows, and junior faculty members at Hopkins.” In addition to her academic work, Dr. Bathon also serves as editor-in-chief of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

As a result of this exciting work, Dr. Chung has now authored two abstracts, submitted a manuscript, and is currently working on another manuscript. In addition to her research guidance throughout the preceptorship, Dr. Chung expresses her appreciation for the advice on career development and personal growth offered by Dr. Bathon. “The benefits of the preceptorship have gone beyond my time as resident. Now, I am a first-year fellow in the Division of Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.”

Dr. Chung’s goal is to pursue an academic career in rheumatology as a physician–scientist focused on clinical research. Taking one step at a time, this first year she anticipates finalizing her pending manuscript and planning her research career. Additionally, she plans to further her studies in advanced data analysis and pharmacoepidemiology to complement prior Masters of Public Health coursework. Furthermore, her goals include applying for a Rheumatology Scientist Development Award, which will facilitate her application process for a full-time faculty position.