We have 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

The UW Division of Rheumatology Fellowship Program has provided research, educational and clinical training for over 50 years. Since the program’s inception in 1967, over 100 rheumatologists have been trained through the Division, many of whom have contributed greatly to the field through their individual achievements.


Fellows’ 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 Training Sites

Fellow’s clinical training takes place primarily at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). The basic / translational research training sites are the 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). All research sites are located within walking distance of each other in South Lake Union, while frequent shuttle buses connect the SLU, FHCRC, UWMC and SCRI campuses. 


Our Division's major investigative efforts focus on the immunopathogenesis of 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 the immunopathogenesis of rheumatic diseases, additional faculty working on investigator initiated clinical trials and clinical research focused on epidemiology, osteoporosis and therapeutics in rheumatic diseases. 

ACGME Accredited

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 6-7 MD or MD/PhD trainees per year in addition to PhD postdoctoral fellows. For Academic Year 2019-2020 we will accept 4 ACGME fellows per year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We offer three specific training pathways through the program: Physician-Scientist, Clinician-Educator and Clinical Practice. 

The UW Fellowship Program is nationally recognized as one of the longest NIH funded programs in the country. The program’s excellent clinical resources and experienced Faculty promote an environment that is enriching and supportive to its trainees, preparing them to be successful physician scientists.

Find out more about applying to our Fellowship Program.