We have trained rheumatologists for over 40 years.

Our Rheumatology Fellowship Program trains scientists, educators, and clinicians who will shape the future of rheumatology. 

Fellowship Graduation 2016 - Photo of 6 fellows, Program Director, and Associate Program Director
Rheumatology Fellows, Program Director, and Associate Program Director at 2016 Graduation

We offer exceptional clinical training through service at three mission-driven hospitals, extensive specialty/multidisciplinary clinic experience, and full MSK-ultrasound training.

Fellows’ research activity is supported by a rich array of world class mentors within the Division of Rheumatology, and through collaboration with the UW Department of Immunology, the UW Division of Nephrology (and the Kidney Research Institute), the UW School of Public Health, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and others.The Rheumatology NIH T32 grant provides additional support for fellows pursuing careers as physician-scientists in basic, translation, or clinical/epidemiology research.

Our training program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fellowships generally last 2 to 3 years and we have 6-9 trainees per year in additon to postdoctoral fellows. For Academic Year 2018-2019 we will accept 4 ACGME fellows per year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Training Pathways

We offer three core training pathways to individualize the fellowship experience. All three pathways involve full-time clinical training in the first year, followed by highly specialized training experiences in the second year (and third year for physician-scientist fellows).  

Physician-Scientist

The Physician-Scientist Pathway within the UW Rheumatology fellowship training program is designed for graduates of Internal Medicine residency programs who desire a career in academic medicine with a focus on research. This three-year pathway is designed to prepare fellows for productive careers as independent investigators in basic, translational, or clinical/epidemiology research. Prior experience in research is helpful but not required for this pathway. The first year is devoted to developing clinical skills, an independent research plan, and a mentorship structure. The second year is devoted largely to the fellow’s research project and publication of findings. The third year focuses on continued research activity, continued scholarly production and pursuit of multi-year mentored training opportunities.

Our NIH T32 training grant supports formal coursework in the second and third years of training, including Master of Science degrees in clinical research and epidemiology (through the UW School of Public Health). In addition to close guidance from primary mentors, fellows receive regular career guidance through a customized Scholarship Oversight and Mentorship Committee.

Clinician-Educator

The Clinician-Educator pathway within the UW Rheumatology fellowship training program is designed for graduates of Internal Medicine residency programs who desire a career in academic medicine with a focus on patient care, medical education, and education administration. The first year is devoted to developing clinical skills, an independent research plan, and a mentorship structure. The second year offers an array of opportunities for clinical specialization through multi-disciplinary clinics and MSK-ultrasound training. In addition to a scholarly project, Clinician-Educator fellows complete a curriculum improvement project, give formal teaching presentations to other trainees, and participate in clinician-educator workshops offered by the Department of Medicine and the Internal Medicine training program. Fellows receive regular career guidance through a customized Scholarship Oversight and Mentorship Committee.

Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice Pathway, currently funded by the Arthritis Foundation, is designed for graduates of Internal Medicine residency programs who desire a career in community practice, particularly in underserved communities in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. The first year is devoted to developing clinical skills, scholarly/quality improvement projects, and a mentorship structure. The second year is focused on continued clinical development and specialization through multi-disciplinary clinics and full MSK-ultrasound training. In addition, fellows will develop competency in care for underserved populations, care of young adults transitioning to adult rheumatology care, and utilization of innovative care delivery techniques such as e-consultation and telemedicine. Fellows on this training pathway are expected to represent the training program at Arthritis Foundation community events. Fellows receive regular career guidance through a customized Scholarship Oversight and Mentorship Committee.

Find out more about applying to our Fellowship Program. 

Division Research 

Our Division's major investigative efforts focus on the immunological approaches to rheumatic diseases, primarily rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma. Active projects range from basic studies in molecular biology and disease models in experimental animals to clinical investigations. At the present time we have six faculty members with research interests in various aspects of immunology in rheumatic diseases and other faculty working on clinical trials.

Other faculty members are interested in joint physiology, uric acid biology, epidemiology and therapeutics in rheumatic diseases. Trainees will work with a mentor from within the Division of Rheumatology or the UW Department of Medicine.