We have trained rheumatologists for over 40 years.

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. We currently accept 3 ACGME fellows per year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Fellows 2016
Rheumatology Fellows, Program Director, Associate Program Director, and Program Administrator


Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice or Clinician Pathway is designed for graduates of Internal Medicine residency programs who desire a career in community rheumatology. While scholarly activity and productivity are required in the pathway, training emphasis is placed on clinical experience and acquiring skills to become a leader in practice and in the community. This pathway is two years.


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 pathway focuses on the development of teaching skills, clinical excellence and a scholarly focus that will prepare graduates for a faculty position at a university-based academic medical center. This pathway is two years with an optional third year.


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 rheumatology 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 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 scholarly production, such as submission of abstracts and manuscripts. The third year focuses on continued research activity, continued scholarly production in the form of first-author publications and mentored training grant awards, and the pursuit of faculty appointment.

Why Train at the University of Washington?

  • Nationally and internationally renowned faculty

  • Subspecialty clinics

  • Mentorship program

  • Research opportunities


Our 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.

How to Apply

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. We encourage applications from members of minorities underrepresented in academic rheumatology.

We participate in the ERAS® - Electronic Residency Application Service through the Association of American Medical Colleges. We will begin to accept applications for the 2018-2020 Academic year on July 15th 2018. Applications are only accepted via the ERAS® website online application system.

After reviewing applications we will invite top candidates to interview in Seattle. During interviews candidates will meet the faculty, talk with fellows currently in training, discuss possible areas of investigative work, and become familiar with the many environmental and cultural strengths of the Seattle areaInterview dates are forthcoming and will be posted once available.