UW has trained rheumatologists for over 50 years.

Fellows - Photo of 6 fellows, Program Director, and Associate Program Director
Rheumatology Fellows, Program Director, and Associate Program Director holding ACR/ARHP Knowledge Bowl Championship Trophy

Since 1967, the UW Division of Rheumatology Fellowship Program has trained leaders in rheumatology. From major discoveries in basic science to innovations in clinical care, UW Rheumatology has helped shape the field of the rheumatology. Many of our 100+ graduates currently hold leadership positions in research, clinical care, industry, and advocacy.

Mission

The UW Rheumatology Fellowship Program is committed to:

* Recruiting and training outstanding scientists and clinicians from diverse backgrounds

* Providing a world-class, individualized learning experience driven by excellence and discovery

* Fostering a collegial and supportive community dedicated to equity, inclusion, and public service

Training

As a global leader in biomedical discovery and clinical care, UW offers unparalleled training for rheumatology fellows. During the first year of training, fellows work closely with expert clinicians at three mission-driven Seattle hospitals to develop comprehensive clinical skills and knowledge. Fellows spend 9 months on inpatient consult services while maintaining 3 half-day continuity clinics per week. Progress is guided by rotation-specific learning objectives and the Clinical Competency Committee.

Beginning in July of the first year, fellows meet with the Career Guidance Committee to identify suitable research mentors/projects and specialized clinical training opportunities. Fellows are assigned to 3 month-long blocks without inpatient duties during which they pursue career development activities, QI work, and elective outpatient experiences.

In the second training year, physician-scientist fellows are supported by world-class mentors at UW and allied research institutes. Clinically-oriented fellows chose from several opportunities, including advanced clinical training (e.g., MSK ultrasound), clinical specialization (e.g., interstitial lung disease), research scholarship, and medical education

Mentorship

Research activity is supported by a rich array of world-class Research Mentors within the Division of Rheumatology, and through collaboration with the UW Departments of Immunology and Genome Sciences, the UW Division of Nephrology (and the Kidney Research Institute), the UW School of Public Health, and others. The Rheumatology NIH T32 grant provides additional support for fellows pursuing careers as physician-scientists in basic, translation, or clinical/epidemiology research.

Clinical and Research Training Sites

Clinical training takes place at the University of Washington Medical Center Montlake (UWMC-ML)Harborview Medical Center (HMC), and the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). Together, these three mission-driven hospitals offer highly diverse training experience. 

Basic/translational research takes place primarily at UW South Lake Union Campus (SLU)Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI), the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), and the Benaroya Research Institute (BRI). Fellows pursuing clinical, epidemiologic, or health services research frequently work with mentors at VAPSHCS, HMC, or UWMC. Many fellows interested in clinical and epidemiologic research obtain advanced degrees (e.g., Master’s in Clinical Research) through the world-renowned UW School of Public Health. Advanced degrees are supported by our NIH T32 grant.

Research

The UW Division of Rheumatology has 10 full-time faculty investigators. Our major investigative efforts focus on

  • Immunopathogenesis of SLE, RA, and systemic sclerosis
  • Clinical outcomes in RA, osteoporosis, and ageing
  • Clinical trials

ACGME Accredited

The UW Fellowship Program is nationally recognized as one of the longest-standing NIH-funded programs in the country. Coupled with world-class research/mentorship and clinical training, UW is an ideal program for any prospective fellow interested in a career in academic medicine.

The UW Rheumatology Fellowship Program has held continual ACGME-accreditation for over 30 years and has no citations on record. Each year, we typically accept three fellows on our academic track and one fellow on our clinical track.

Find out more about applying to our Fellowship Program.